Bellaire area cyclists are gearing up for the 28thAnnual BP MS 150 benefitting the National Multiple Sclerosis Society: Lone Star Chapter on April 21-22.
This year’s ride will begin at sunrise at Rhodes Stadium, Omni Houston Hotel Westside and Waller High School Stadium.
Day one will take riders to La Grange for an overnight stay. On day two, riders will make their way to the finish line in downtown Austin
Funds raised through the bike event will be used to support research, programs and services benefitting an estimated 20,000 people affected by multiple sclerosis in 174 Texas counties.
The BP MS 150 is Texas’ largest nonprofit sporting event and the largest MS bike ride in the nation. More than 12,000 cyclists are expected to take part in the 180-mile trek.
Registration is available at www.ms150.org.
In addition to riders, individuals, families and groups are being encouraged to volunteer for the more than 3,000 support positions in Houston, Austin and along the route.
Multiple sclerosis, an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system, interrupts the flow of information within the brain, and between the brain and body. Symptoms range from numbness and tingling to blindness and paralysis.
Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50, with at least two to three times more women as men being diagnosed with the disease. MS affects more than 400,000 people in the U.S. and 2.1 million worldwide.