SOURCE: National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Lone Star Chapter

February 21, 2008 09:00 ET

On a Cycle of Greater Good

Every Mile Brings Thousands of Cyclists in the SAM'S CLUB MS 150 Frisco-to-Fort Worth Bike Tour Closer to a Cure

DALLAS, TX--(Marketwire - February 21, 2008) - Thousands of cyclists will ride toward a cure for multiple sclerosis (MS) during the 21st Annual SAM'S CLUB MS 150, presented by Subway and Pure Protein, the weekend of May 3 - 4, 2008. More than 3,000 cyclists are expected to participate in the two-day, 150-mile ride from Frisco to Fort Worth and raise $2.4 million to support research to end MS and fund programs through the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Lone Star Chapter.

The SAM'S CLUB MS 150 is regarded as one of the fastest growing MS 150s nationwide. Just ten years ago, the largest fund-raising team participating in the North Texas ride had 23 cyclists that raised $10,000. Since 2001, the tour has seen explosive growth. The largest team in 2007 was comprised of 400 riders, and the largest fund-raising team brought in over $300,000, contributing to the more than $2 million raised overall. These funds support research and programs for the estimated 20,000 individuals and their families affected by MS in 174 Texas counties.

"The passion shared by cyclists, volunteers and supporters is this ride's greatest attribute," notes Mark Neagli, Lone Star Chapter president. "We anticipate greater than 60 percent growth in the number of riders and more than 40 percent in funds raised since 2005. This contagious spirit makes for an unparalleled experience for all and is a call to action for others to help the greater good. It's sweat equity at its best."

The SAMS'S CLUB MS 150 unites riders who are personally affected by MS or ride to raise awareness for the cause, all of whom share the common goal to achieve a world free of MS. Cyclists start at the Frisco Roughriders' Dr. Pepper Ballpark on Sat., May 3, 2008, and finish at Sundance Square in downtown Fort Worth on Sun. May 4, 2008, following an overnight stay at the Texas Motor Speedway. Day two begins with a highly anticipated lap around the Speedway's inner track. Key tour highlights along the scenic route include Ray Roberts and Eagle Mountain lakes. Ride destinations over the years since the inaugural North Texas MS 150 in 1987 have included Paris, Tyler, Waco and Lake Whitney in Texas as well as Lake Texoma, Lake Murray and Ardmore in Oklahoma, when the ride spanned the two states. Cyclists have endured strong winds, scorching Texas heat, rain, hail, even a tornado, but nothing stops them from joining the movement in the fight against MS.

The SAM'S CLUB MS 150 Bike Tour is one of three outstanding fund-raising rides hosted by the National MS Society, Lone Star Chapter in Texas. Other rides include the BP MS 150 from Houston to Austin on April 12 - 13, 2008, and Bike MS: Valero Bike to the Beach, presented by H-E-B, from San Antonio to Corpus Christi on October 4 - 5, 2008. All three Texas rides are regarded by cyclists as the premier rides in the state, with experienced management, well-coordinated routes, and special attention to rider safety and comfort. Visit www.ms150.org to support a rider by donating online or to volunteer in one of hundreds of positions within 30 specialty areas.

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, Lone Star Chapter

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 individuals and their families affected by multiple sclerosis in 174 Texas counties. The Lone Star Chapter has offices in Houston, Dallas, San Antonio, Austin and Corpus Christi. We are people who want to do something about MS now. Join the movement at JointheMovementLoneStar.org.

Early and ongoing treatment with an FDA-approved therapy can make a difference for people with multiple sclerosis. Learn about your options by talking to your health care professional and contacting the National MS Society at www.nationalmssociety.org or 1-800-344-4867.

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