Roundtrip Rose Bowl Ride to Fight Multiple Sclerosis

Published : Thursday, February 7, 2019 | 5:58 AM

Sometimes we go there and back just to see how far it is. Other times we do it to fight the things that plague us such as multiple sclerosis (MS).

To that end, over 500 cyclists will embark from the Rose Bowl to glide through Pasadena, South Pasadena, Monrovia, Arcadia, San Marino, Duarte, Azusa, Glendora, San Dimas, and La Verne before returning to the Rose Bowl.

The spectacle is being mounted by Bike MS: Los Angeles, and involves getting cyclists to pedal as many as 100 miles and raise $750,000 for MS research.

There will be a three routes from Rose Bowl-to-Rose Bowl, offering options in distance while still encompassing the majestic San Gabriels and iconic Los Angeles landmarks: 100 miles, 55 miles or 30 miles.

The 100-mile route starts from the Rose Bowl at 7 a.m., while the 55- and 30-mile treks kick-off at 8 a.m. It all is set to happen on Saturday, March 23.

“Bike MS is more than a ride,” said Julie Kaufer, president, National MS Society Southern California and Nevada Chapter. “With each pedal stroke and fundraising dollar, our cyclists are bringing us closer to our ultimate goal – a world free of MS.”

Multiple sclerosis is an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system that disrupts the flow of information within the brain, and between the same gray matter and the body. Symptoms range from numbness and tingling to blindness and paralysis.

The disease affects more than 2.3 million people worldwide. Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50, with at least two to three times more women than men being diagnosed with the disease.

Bike MS: Los Angeles is one of more than 70 rides across the country hosted by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. This year, more than 80,000 people are expected to participate in nationwide.

To participate as a rider or volunteer, visit www.bikeMS.org, or call (855) 372-1331 or email fundraisingsupport@nmss.org.

To experience how Bike MS feels like, check out this Bike MS video: https://youtu.be/9yzv6GOz8oA.

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