By: Brandi Davidson | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: September 2011
Bikers in last year’s Bike MS Oklahoma traveling along “the Mother Road,” historic Route 66.
The National Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society, Oklahoma is pleased to announce that Sam’s Club will be the presenting sponsor of the 2011 Bike MS Oklahoma: The Mother Road Ride. Sam’s Club is committed to creating a world free of MS. Bike MS Oklahoma: The Mother Road Ride will take place September 17 and 18.
“Sam’s Club is excited to once again sponsor the Bike MS Ride,” explains Keith Lowe,
club manager for Sam’s Club. “One of our key focuses is health and wellness, and this event is a great way for us to support the community.”
Paula Cortner, Oklahoma vice president, considers community leaders like the employees from Sam’s Club model partners. “The company is dedicated to linking with us to improve the lives of 24,000 Oklahomans affected by MS. This is why we thank them for their leadership in the MS cause.”
The 26th annual Bike MS Oklahoma Ride is a statewide cycling event heading from Tulsa to Oklahoma City for some fabulous fun along Route 66! With many stops along the way at many of the historic landmarks, we hope that cyclists will get an experience like none other.
People can participate in Bike MS individually or as a team. Registration is $50.
There is a minimum fundraising goal of $300. Volunteers are also needed!
Cyclists will ride approximately 150 miles over both days. Along the ride, cyclists can find rest stops every 10 to 12 miles and SAG (Support and Gear) vehicles will be available between stops. The ride will start at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in downtown Tulsa on Saturday, September 17 and will end in Oklahoma City on Sunday, September 18 with a finish-line celebration at the State Capitol. Bus transportation will be provided for cyclists and their bikes from Oklahoma City to Tulsa before and after the ride.
More than 600 cyclists are expected to come out and help raise the goal of $500,000. Funds raised will support direct services and programs for more than 24,000 people with MS and their families in Oklahoma and for national MS research to find a cure for this chronic disease of the central nervous system.
Additional confirmed sponsors of this year’s ride are: KTUL News Channel 8, Slice Magazine, Freedom 43 TV, Tulsa’s Gen X Radio, Hyatt Regency Hotel, KFOR News Channel 4, Clear Channel Radio, Southwestern Publishing, KJRH News Channel 2, Toyota, Cox Communications, TEVA, Ben E. Keith, 1170 KFAQ, Big Country 99.5, 94.1 The Sound, Z-104.5 The Edge, American Airlines, TWU Local 514, OSU Center for Health Sciences, Oklahoma Route 66 Association, Marathon Oil, Wheeler Dealer Bicycles, Tom’s Bicycles, Lee’s Bicycles, Schlegel Bicycles, T-Town Bicycles, LDF, Meeks Group, GTR Newspapers, Butler & Butler, Urban Tulsa Weekly, EMSA, Sun & Ski Sports, 2 Fellas & a Big Truck, The Current, Molly LLC and Value News.
The Oklahoma Route 66 Association has declared the Bike MS Oklahoma Ride the official Route 66 Bike Ride in Oklahoma. For more information or to register for the Bike MS Oklahoma: The Mother Road Ride, visit www.bikemsok.org or call (918) 488-0882.
Multiple sclerosis stops people from moving. The National MS Society exists to make sure it doesn’t. The Society addresses the challenges of each person affected by MS by funding cutting-edge research, driving change through advocacy, facilitating professional education, collaborating with MS organizations around the world, and providing programs and services designed to help people with MS and their families move forward with their lives.