Updated 10:10 AM ET September 29, 2000
HOUSTON (BUSINESS WIRE) - Kicking off the MS 150 Bike to the Beach on
Saturday, Sept. 30, 2000, will be more than 800 enthusiastic cyclists along
with The Lone Star Chapter of The National Multiple Sclerosis Society and
HEB. Participation in this year's Bike to the Beach has doubled over last
year -- more than 800 riders will pedal from San Antonio to Corpus Christi.
Bike Ambassador and San Antonio Mayor Howard Peak will lead the group on
the 144-mile trek.
Riders travel from San Antonio to Corpus Christi, beginning the tour by pedaling out of Brooks Air Force Base in San Antonio at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday, on an 84-mile journey to Coastal Bend Community College in Beeville. The ride takes off again early Sunday morning on the final 60-mile journey to the finish line. Riders arrive in Corpus all afternoon, with the bulk of them crossing the finish line between 1:00 and 2:00 p.m.
Unlike many fund-raising events, the MS 150 attracts participants of all ages, from diverse backgrounds and with varying ties to the event. Riders range in age from six to 82 and participate at all levels of physical condition and cycling experience. Many cyclists participate to support their friends and loved ones who have been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. Others participate as members of corporate-sponsored teams, and many cyclists participate on an individual basis. The MS 150 Bike to the Beach is expected to break all past fund-raising records.
The National Multiple Sclerosis Society is dedicated to ending the devastating effects of multiple sclerosis. This society is the largest private funder of MS research and it spends a greater percentage of dollars on direct services than any other health organization primarily serving adults. The Lone Star Chapter, chartered in 1955, serves more than 11,500 individuals in 143 Texas counties who are affected by multiple sclerosis. All funds are privately raised and 83 cents of every dollar are used to benefit people affected by multiple sclerosis.
Contact: Stevens Group, Houston Amy Domingue, 713/840-0555 or National
Multiple Sclerosis Society - Lone Star Chapter Mark Neagli, 800/683-1627