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Bike MS: PGA TOUR Cycle to the Shore Raised $1.1 Million
Bike MS: PGA TOUR Cycle to the Shore Raised $1.1 Million

 

The National Multiple Sclerosis Society, North Florida Chapter’s largest annual fundraiser, Bike MS: PGA TOUR Cycle to the Shore 25th Anniversary Ride that took place Oct. 1-2, 2011 was the largest fundraiser yet for the chapter, raising more than $1 million for research, programs and services for the 18,000 people affected by multiple sclerosis in the North Florida area. 

Bike MS is the National MS Society’s signature event and the single largest non-profit organized bike ride in the United States, including participants and funds raised.

This year, the North Florida Chapter raised more than $1.1 million for research, programs and services. In the past 25 years, Bike MS has raised more than $13 million in North Florida toward a world free of multiple sclerosis.

The ride began Saturday, October 1 at Northeast Florida Regional Airport (formerly the St. Augustine Airport) at 7:15 a.m. More than two thousand cyclists rode more than 150 miles from to the Hilton Daytona Beach and back. The route from St. Augustine to Daytona and back included fully-stocked rest stops, safety support, full meals, entertainment and a 25th Anniversary Ride After-party. More than a hundred volunteers helped set up and break down the ride in addition to helping at rest stops.

Upon arriving at the Hilton Daytona Beach, cyclists enjoyed a Tent Village Party, a concert by the Little Green Men and dinner. After their overnight stay at the Hilton Daytona Beach, cyclists rode back to St. Augustine at  7:30 a.m. to celebrate at the 25th Anniversary Ride Party, which will included a Bubba Burger cook-out, Firehouse Subs, music by the Paul Lundgren Band and ICEEs provided by Kangaroo Express.

Local cyclists included outstanding individuals such as Dan Baker, who has participated all 25 years, and Bailey Bronner, a 13-year-old cyclist who rides for her mother who has MS.

Teams such as Cody’s Challenge have been part of the movement for almost two decades. Many local businesses, such as CSX and Mayo Clinic, have more than a hundred cyclists on their corporate teams.

Top 10 Teams:

  1 -  Kangaroo Express ($258,319.25)
  2 -  Team PGA TOUR ($59,271.63)
  3 -  Big Bananas ($56,916.09)
  4 -  Team CSX ($47,590.50)
  5 -  Mayo Clinic Bike Team ($42,430.13)
  6 -  Team Citi ($31,800.12)
  7 -  Team Arizona ($24,042.48)
  8 -  Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida ($22,616.32)
  9 -  Cody's Challenge ($22,322.00)
 10 -  Team Gainesville (Gainesville Cycling Club) ($21,226.00)

For more information regarding Bike MS: PGA TOUR Cycle to the Shore, please visit http://bikefln.nationalmssociety.org or call (904) 332-6810 ext. 41120. 

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