MORRISTOWN, NJ — The New Jersey Metro Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society will host its 28th Annual Bike MS: Country Challenge ride on Saturday, Sept. 19 and Sunday, Sept. 20.

This two-day event challenges cyclists to take on the hills of Morristown and Whippany. The event begins at 475 South Street in Morristown and routes cyclists around the Great Swamp for an exciting adventure.

Upon completion of the ride, cyclists will be cheered across the finish line and provided with an exclusive Bike MS medal. Cyclists and spectators are also invited to join the chapter for an Oktoberfest-inspired finish-line celebration at the Hanover Marriott in Whippany featuring food, music, drinks and more. A food truck festival will be in full swing at the finish line celebration on Sunday from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. featuring seven local vendors.

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Bike MS: Country Challenge is a fully supported ride, offering clearly marked routes, rest stops stocked with snacks and water every 10-13 miles, and full medical and mechanical support on the route.

Participants can choose from five route options. On Saturday, cyclists will ride 25, 50 or 62 miles from Morristown to Whippany. On Sunday, a 50-mile route option is offered, routing cyclists from Whippany to Morristown. Not enough of a challenge? Cyclists can also try their hand at pedaling 100 miles over two days — all for a world free of multiple sclerosis.

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. There is no known cause or cure for MS. Funds raised through Bike MS directly benefit cutting-edge MS research as well as programs and services that help more than 10,000 people with MS and their families in northern and central Jersey.

The MS Society’s Bike MS program is the largest organized cycling series in the country. The chapter invites you to join the movement and participate in this unforgettable experience as a cyclist, spectator or volunteer. Bike MS is perfect for individuals, organizations and corporations.

Attached photo: Cyclists get ready for their ride at the start line.

WHEN: Saturday, Sept. 19 and Sunday, Sept 20

WHERE: Morristown and Whippany area

PARTICIPATION/VOLUNTEER REGISTRATION: Visit www.bikemscountrychallenge.org, call (800) 344-4867 or email NJMbike@nmss.org to register.

WHY: Proceeds raised will support national and local cutting-edge MS research and life-changing programs and services for people living with MS.

 

About the New Jersey Metro Chapter

The New Jersey Metro Chapter of the National MS Society is committed to helping the more than 10,000 people living with multiple sclerosis in Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, Monmouth, Morris, Ocean, Passaic, Somerset, Sussex, Union and Warren counties. The chapter raises funds locally to support the Society’s critical research initiatives and to provide hundreds of comprehensive support services and educational programs for people living with MS, their family and friends. For more information, visit www.nationalMSsociety.org/NJM.

About the National Multiple Sclerosis Society

The Society mobilizes people and resources to drive research for a cure and to address the challenges of everyone affected by MS. In 2014, the Society invested $50.6 million to advance more than 380 research projects around the world in order to stop MS in its tracks, restore what has been lost and end MS forever. Through its comprehensive nation-wide network of programs and services, it also helped more than one million people affected by MS connect to the people, information and resources needed to live their best lives. For more information, visit www.nationalMSsociety.org.

 

About Multiple Sclerosis

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. The progress, severity and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot yet be predicted, but advances in research and treatment are moving us closer to a world free of MS. 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. MS affects more than 2.3 million people worldwide.