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Taking Care Center prepares for three-hour ride

HARTFORD, Conn. — Hartford cyclists will be spinning their wheels for a good cause later this month.

Taking Care Center, a state-of-the-art fitness center in Hartford, Conn., will host the sixth annual Indoor Bike Tour, Saturday, March 29, from 9 a.m. to noon. Proceeds will benefit the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Connecticut Chapter.

"We’re pleased to offer this special tour to the community," said Peter Morrey, event organizer and committee member for the Bike MS: bkm/Steelcase Ride 2008. "Multiple sclerosis is oftentimes debilitating. MS stops people from moving. It’s important that others join the movement because it’s easy to take it for granted."

More than 6,000 Connecticut residents battle the effects of multiple sclerosis (MS) daily. Multiple sclerosis is a chronic, often disabling disease. It’s generally diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50. Symptoms can range from numbness in the limbs, loss of vision and, in severe cases, complete paralysis. The progression, severity and specific symptoms related to MS in any one person cannot be predicted. Funds raised through events, such as the Indoor Bike Tour, ensure ongoing scientific research to find a cure and the continuation of vital programs and services offered by the chapter for those in the state affected by multiple sclerosis.

The Indoor Bike Tour will take place at the Taking Care Center on spinning bikes. The event will be led by a certified cycling coach. Participants set their own pace and pedal from one to three hours. The event is open to members and nonmembers.

"Taking Care Center staff members know all too well that movement is universal," said Jeff Swanson, general manager. "Movement is all around us, and whether physical or mental, we are all a part of it. Our bodies are in constant motion. People with MS know something most of us don’t understand moving is not a guarantee. Multiple sclerosis stops people from moving. Taking Care Center is here to make sure it doesn’t."

The fee to ride is $25 for one hour, $30 for two hours and $35 for three hours. The tour features refreshments and prizes. The event will also feature a raffle for all participants who register on event day for the Bike MS: bkm/Steelcase Ride 2008 to be held in Windsor, Conn., Sunday, June 1, and Sunday, June 22, in Westport, Conn.

Taking Care Center is at 90 State House Square next to the Old State House in downtown Hartford, Conn. Parking is available in the State House Square garage on the left of Market Street. Parking meters and outdoor lots are also located nearby.

For more information on multiple sclerosis, its effects and the many ways to get involved, please visit or e-mail To learn more about the bike MS: bkm/Steelcase Ride, please call 860.714-BIKE. For more information on the sixth annual Indoor Bike Tour, hosted by Taking Care Center, call 860-246-2201.




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