Raising thousands of dollars, Team BP, ConocoPhillips and Team Shell to join throng of riders at start in The Energy Corridor
The more than 2.3 million people worldwide stricken with multiple sclerosis can look to 13,000 cyclists and thousands of volunteers and supporters for hope April 18-19, when the BP MS 150 rolls out of Tully Stadium in The Energy Corridor attempting to set another fundraising milestone.
The two-day, 180-mile bike ride from Houston to the State Capital in Austin is the world’s largest fundraiser for multiple sclerosis.
Benefiting the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, the ride begins at three locations. The traditional start is in The Energy Corridor, when thousands of riders and supporters converge at dawn alongside Tully Stadium for inspirational presentations and camaraderie. It’s an emotional morning, the parking lot packed with teams clad in brightly colored bike jerseys while well-wishers, including some with multiple sclerosis, line Dairy Ashford cheering on riders as they pass under the starting banner led by patrolmen on motorcycles.
“Teams and solo riders from The Energy Corridor play a key role helping the BP MS 150 raise funds for cutting-edge research, advocacy and support for the millions of people impacted by multiple sclerosis,” says Clark Martinson, general manager for The Energy Corridor District. Martinson has ridden the charity ride to Austin eight times, while Robert Rayburn, landscape architect for The District, will pedal for his fifth BP MS 150.
BP has served as title sponsor of the ride for 15 consecutive years. All told, BP and Team BP riders have contributed more than $15 million for multiple sclerosis research and programs. Maintaining the largest BP MS 150 team, BP brings an average of 600 members to the ride annually, supported by numerous volunteers.
Teams from ConocoPhillips and Shell in The Energy Corridor also contribute mightily, annually raising thousands of dollars to battle multiple sclerosis.
“The ride is about so many things: camaraderie, accomplishment, a group passion to fight a debilitating disease,” Martinson says. “For those of us who love bicycling, this event transcends any ride. It is a chance to make a meaningful difference while pedaling 180 miles with likeminded souls.”
Multiple sclerosis is an unpredictable, often disabling, disease of the central nervous system. It interrupts the flow of information within the brain, and between the brain and body with symptoms ranging from numbness and tingling to blindness and paralysis. Money raised by the BP MS 150, according the National MS Society, is helping to fund significant advances in treatment and research that is moving the world closer to being free of multiple sclerosis.
To donate, volunteer or learn more about the BP MS 150, visit here.