It’s time to start getting ready for this year’s BP MS 150. Thousands of cyclists will make the two-day 180-mile journey from Houston to Austin on Saturday, April 21 and Sunday, April 22. Benefitting the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, the BP MS 150 is the largest event of its kind in the nation and last year raised more than $16.9 million for multiple sclerosis. More than 400,000 people nationwide have been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, the number one disabling disease among young adults with most being diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50.
The ride begins Saturday morning at three different starting points – Tully Stadium in The Energy Corridor, Rhodes Stadium in Katy and Waller Stadium in Waller. After stopping in Bellville for lunch, riders make their way to La Grange for the overnight stop at the Fayette County Fairgrounds. On Sunday morning, Club 300 members lead the cyclists to Bastrop Intermediate School for lunch. Riders can then select one of two different routes to reach Bastrop – the rolling terrain of Bastrop and Buescher State Parks or the Pfizer Lunch Express Route – before crossing the finish line at the Texas State Capital in Austin. There may be some modifications to the park route due to last year’s fires.
Many companies in The Energy Corridor including BP and ConocoPhillips are forming teams and preparing to participate in the 2012 MS 150. Best of luck to all of the 2012 riders! We commend you for your fundraising efforts to help make the world free of Multiple Sclerosis!