Energy Corridor District Company Teams Begin Training for Nation’s largest Charity Bike Ride
In a quest to free the world of multiple sclerosis (MS), an estimated 13,000 cyclists will make a two-day, 180-mile heartfelt journey from Houston to Austin during the 30th annual BP MS 150, April 12-13.
This year, the nation’s largest charity bike ride seeks to raise more than $18 million to support MS research, programs and services to help thousands of Texans impacted by the disease.
For the 14th consecutive year, BP serves as title sponsor of event and will bring a huge team of cyclists to the BP MS 150’s traditional start in The Energy Corridor at Tully Stadium.
Several other Energy Corridor companies will also support riders and volunteers. They’ll join the thousands from across the nation and around the globe who fill the stadium’s parking lot before dawn with a resounding enthusiasm that begins percolating before the sun rises, building to a crescendo to fuel the start of the BP MS 150.
“It’s truly a remarkable experience to join forces with 13,000 riders, all allied to fight MS,” says Clark Martinson, General Manager of The Energy Corridor District (ECD).
Martinson often rides in the BP MS 150 and tirelessly champions cycling as part of the ECD’s mission to promote healthy lifestyles and alternative transportation. This year he plans to ride the BP MS 150 on a tandem.
For many riders, January is the month to begin a series of training rides in preparation for the two-day jaunt. A list of training rides can be found by clicking here.
Events such as the BP MS 150 are cornerstone fundraisers for the MS Society and its effort to thwart multiple sclerosis – an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system. In 2012 alone, the Society invested $43 million to support 350 research projects around the world, while providing programs and services that assisted more than one million people.
Early registration for the BP MS 150 is $100 through January. A minimum pledge of $400 is required to ride. Visit bpms150.net to register as a cyclist, sign up to volunteer or make an online donation.