SOURCE: National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Lone Star Chapter

October 19, 2007 09:00 ET

18th Annual Valero MS 150 Bike Tour Moves Into High Gear Tomorrow, Oct. 20

Cyclists Gear Up for the Two-Day, 150-Mile Bike to the Beach

SAN ANTONIO, TX--(Marketwire - October 19, 2007) -


WHAT

Tomorrow morning, more than 3,000 cyclists are expected to join the movement to make this a world free of multiple sclerosis (MS) by riding from San Antonio to Corpus Christi for the 18th Annual Valero MS 150, presented by H-E-B. Cyclists will begin their two-day, 150-mile journey after sunrise at the AT&T Center, home of the NBA World Champions, the San Antonio Spurs. After an overnight stay at the Coastal Bend College in Beeville, they will then embark on the final leg of the Tour Sunday, Oct. 21 and head to the Finish Line at the Texas State Aquarium in Corpus Christi.

The annual Bike to the Beach Tour raises funds to support the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Lone Star Chapter's research and programs benefiting an estimated 20,000 individuals with MS and their families in 174 Texas counties.

PHOTO and INTERVIEW OPPORTUNITIES are available with Riders, Volunteers, Sponsors, Bike Tour Organizers and Lone Star Chapter Representatives.

WHEN & WHERE

Day One: Saturday, Oct. 20 at 7:30 a.m. at the AT&T Center in San Antonio

*Following the 7:30 a.m. departure there will be a recreational start for cyclists who are more comfortable taking a leisurely pace.

Overnight Stay: Coastal Bend College in Beeville

Day Two: Sunday, Oct. 21 at 7:30 a.m. at Coastal Bend College in Beeville; finish at Texas State Aquarium in Corpus Christi

WHO & WHY

The Valero MS 150 Bike to the Beach is one of three fund-raising rides that the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Lone Star Chapter hosts in Texas, including the BP MS 150 from Houston to Austin in April and the North Texas SAM'S CLUB MS 150 in May. All three are regarded by cyclists as the premier rides in Texas, with experienced management, well-coordinated routes, and special attention to riders' safety and comfort.

About Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple sclerosis interrupts the flow of information from the brain to the body and stops people from moving. Every hour in the United States, someone is newly diagnosed with MS, an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system. Symptoms range from numbness and tingling to blindness and paralysis. The progress, severity and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot yet be predicted, but advances in research and treatment are moving us closer to a world free of MS. Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50, with more than twice as many women as men being diagnosed with the disease. MS affects more than 400,000 people in the U.S., and 2.5 million worldwide.

About the National Multiple Sclerosis Society

MS stops people from moving. The National MS Society exists to make sure it doesn't. We help each person address the challenges of living with MS and are dedicated to achieving a world free of MS. The Lone Star Chapter serves an estimated 20,000 Texans with MS and their families. Charity Navigator honored the Lone Star Chapter with four stars -- its highest award for outstanding financial and service excellence. The Lone Star Chapter has offices in Houston, Dallas, San Antonio, Austin, Fort Worth and Corpus Christi. We are people who want to do something about MS now. Join the movement at www.nationalmssociety.org/txh.

Studies show that early and ongoing treatment with an FDA-approved therapy can reduce future disease activity and improve quality of life for many people with multiple sclerosis. Talk to your health care professional and contact the National MS Society at www.nationalmssociety.org or 1-800-344-4867 to learn about ways to help manage multiple sclerosis and about current research that may one day reveal a cure.

            To register, volunteer or donate for the Valero MS 150:
                         log on to www.ms150.org.
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