More than 13,000 cyclists will take to the roads for the 186-mile journey from Houston to Austin for the 2010 BP MS 150 on Saturday, April 17 and Sunday, April 18. Benefiting the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, the BP MS 150 is the largest non-profit bike event in the nation. This year riders will begin from one of three starting points – Omni Westside Hotel, Rhodes Stadium in Katy and Waller Stadium in Waller. Day one ends at the Fayette County Fairgrounds for an overnight stay in La Grange. On Sunday morning, riders will take one of two routes that lead to the finish line at the state’s capital.
Participating teams and riders from Energy Corridor District companies include BP America, Citgo, ConocoPhillips, ExxonMobil and Shell Oil Company. There will be over 2,000 riders from the District. And, the Energy Corridor District’s Robert Rayburn will be riding this year as well.
Ed Koval with BP America, commented, “There’s a lot of excitement in the BP hallways. A lot of people get really jazzed about riding. Just the whole comradery around it; it really brings a positive focus to the MS Society.”
You may not know that multiple sclerosis is the number one disabling disease among young adults in the U.S. While most people are diagnosed with MS between the ages of 20 and 50, children as young as two years of age are now being diagnosed. And, women are more than twice as likely as men to be affected.
Best of luck to each of this year’s riders. And, we commend you for raising funds to help make the world free of Multiple Sclerosis!