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Cyclists Gear Up To Fight MS In Windsor

WINDSOR, Conn. — The National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Connecticut Chapter is gearing up to host the 27th annual Bike MS: bkm/Steelcase Ride, Sunday, June 1, at Griffin Center in Windsor, Conn.

Cyclists select from two-, 10-, 25-, 50- or 100-mile routes. WTNH News Channel 8 Good Morning Connecticut anchor Darren Kramer will again serve as grand marshal for the event.

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Darren Kramer, WTNH News Channel 8 Good Morning Connecticut anchor, will once again serve as grand marshal for the Bike MS: bkm/Steelcase Ride, Sunday, June 1, at Griffin Center in Windsor, Conn.
This year participants can also choose from two dates to ride for a cure. A second Bike MS: bkm/Steelcase Ride will take place Sunday, June 22, starting and finishing at Sherwood Island in Westport, Conn.

More than 6,000 Connecticut residents are affected by multiple sclerosis (MS), a potentially debilitating disease affecting the central nervous system. The cause is unknown and, as a result, there is currently no cure for MS. Connecticut residents can help end the devastating effects of MS. The 2007 Windsor ride raised a record-breaking $301,000 and attracted more than 550 cyclists. The chapter hopes to raise $645,000 this year between the two rides.

Funds raised through participation in chapter events, such as the Bike MS: bkm/Steelcase Ride, ensure ongoing scientific research to find a cure and provide for the continuation of vital programs and services offered by the chapter to those in Connecticut affected by MS.

Pre-registration for the ride is preferred. To register online go to http://www.ctfightsms.org/. On-site registration begins at the following times:

6:30 a.m. for the 100-mile route. Start time is scheduled for 7 a.m.
8:30 a.m. for the 50-mile route. Start time is scheduled for 9 a.m.
9:30 a.m. for the 25-mile route. Start time is scheduled for 10 a.m.
10:30 a.m. for the 10-mile route. Start time is scheduled for 11 a.m.
11:30 a.m. for the two-mile route. Start time is scheduled for noon.

The registration fee is $35, with a $125 fundraising minimum per rider. The ride will take place rain or shine, and includes a finish-line barbecue. Volunteers are needed for set-up, rest stop duties, photography and clean-up. For more information on the Bike MS: bkm/Steelcase Bike Ride, please tune to WTNH News Channel 8/My TV 9, WRCH Lite 100.5 or 95.9 The Fox. To register or volunteer, please visit http://www.ctfightsms.org/ or call 800-FIGHT MS.

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