An estimated 1,500 cyclists will descend on Cache Valley this weekend for Bike MS, part of the largest fundraising bike series in the world.
It is Saturday and Sunday, June 23-24, with the Cache County Fairgrounds as headquarters. Cheri Bambrough, a development specialist for the National MS Society, says it is primarily a valley event.
“It stays mostly in Cache Valley,” Bambrough explains. “We do sneak into Idaho for one of our rest stops, then circle right back down to the (Cache County) fairgrounds. It starts and ends at the fairgrounds over two days. We have four rest stops along the way. An emergency vehicle is there if riders decide they want to come back before one of the rest stops.”
Since this is a fundraising event, who do the funds help?
“The money goes toward research, toward (multiple sclerosis) and then also to help those living in Utah affected by MS. We have our outreach programs, our MS navigators with different doctors that we can line people up with and programs that we can get them into, health groups. Eighty-three percent of the money raised goes directly into these programs and patients.”
There is still time to register for the event at bikemsutah.org.