SOURCE: National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Lone Star Chapter

March 06, 2007 14:00 ET

National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Lone Star Chapter Celebrates 20 Years of Cycling and Fundraising

2007 SAM'S CLUB MS 150 Marks 20th Anniversary of North Texas Bike Tour

DALLAS, TX -- (MARKET WIRE) -- March 6, 2007 --Thousands of cyclists are expected to participate in the 20th Anniversary SAM'S CLUB MS 150 on May 5-6 to raise funds for multiple sclerosis (MS). More than 3,500 cyclists will pedal from Frisco to Forth Worth with the goal to raise more than $2 million, supporting multiple sclerosis research and services for more than 17,000 Texans with MS served by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Lone Star Chapter. The 2007 SAM'S CLUB MS 150 Bike Tour is also presented by Subway and Elk Corp.

"In the past 20 years, this Bike Tour has contributed a great deal to the National MS Society," said Mark Neagli, Lone Star Chapter president. "We are thrilled the SAM'S CLUB MS 150 continues to see growth in participation and fund-raising for the 17,000 Texans affected by MS."

The route starts at the Frisco RoughRiders' Dr Pepper/Seven Up Ballpark on Saturday, May 5. Cyclists will pedal through scenic North Texas, cross Ray Roberts Lake and spend the evening at the exciting Overnight at Texas Motor Speedway. On Sunday, May 6, after a lap around the Speedway's inside track, participants will cycle south, ride around Eagle Mountain Lake and cross the Finish Line at Sundance Square in downtown Fort Worth.

Over the years, the SAM'S CLUB MS 150 Bike Tour has undergone many changes transforming it into the amazing bike tour that it is today. For many years, it was a two-day, two-state bike tour, expanding from Texas to Oklahoma. In 2001, the Bike Tour officially became a Lone Star Chapter ride, and has steadily grown ever since. Just 10 years ago in 1997, the largest team had 23 riders and raised $10,000 for the fight. 2005 marked the first year that 2,000 riders participated and $1 million was raised. Last year, the biggest team had nearly 400 riders and the top fund-raising team brought in more than $300,000. This year, the SAM'S CLUB MS 150 Bike Tour is anticipating surpassing all previous registration and fund-raising records.

The 2007 SAM'S CLUB MS 150 Bike Tour is one of three outstanding fund-raising rides that the National MS Society, Lone Star Chapter hosts in Texas. The others are the Houston-to-Austin BP MS 150 on April 21-22 and the Valero MS 150 in October from San Antonio to Corpus Christi. All three are regarded by cycling enthusiasts as the premier rides in the state, with a well-experienced management team, well-coordinated routes, and special attention to rider safety and comfort.

About the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Lone Star Chapter

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 or 1-800-FIGHT-MS to learn about ways to help manage MS and about current research that may one day reveal a cure.

Celebrating more than 50 years in the fight against multiple sclerosis, the Lone Star Chapter serves more than 17,000 people affected by multiple sclerosis in 141 Texas counties. The chapter is number one in the nation financially, geographically and in terms of population served. While there is no cure yet, FDA-approved medications can significantly reduce the number of acute attacks and delay the onset of permanent disabilities. All funds are privately raised and 83 cents of each dollar spent funds programs, research and national activities. The Lone Star Chapter has offices in Houston, Dallas, San Antonio, Austin and Corpus Christi.

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