Bike MS event returns for ninth year

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PINE MOUNTAIN — More than 1,000 cyclists will be riding into town Sept. 19-21 for the Bike MS: Cox Atlanta Ride at Callaway Gardens, a proud partner of this event.

Returning for the ninth year, participants will ride in this annual, long-distance cycling event that benefits the Georgia chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society. This year’s fundraising goal is $1.2 million to help find a cure for this devastating disease and to support those in Georgia living with MS and their families.

“There are many ways to show our hospitality and help make their experience the best one ever,” said Rachel M. Crumbley, director of marketing and public relations for Callaway Gardens.

Donate time

Help the Georgia chapter staff throughout the weekend by volunteering to work at the check-in tables, setting up and breaking down the event site, assisting with parking and traffic, helping at refreshment break points along the route, serving as medical volunteers or cheering riders along the route.

There are several shifts available for each volunteer job Sept. 19-21. To sign up, call Rusty Benton, event specialist for the Georgia chapter, at 678-534-3588 or email him at russell.benton@nmss.org. To learn more about the event, visit www.bikems.org.

Put out the ‘welcome mat’

The cyclists will be traveling throughout Harris and Meriwether counties. Businesses, churches, schools and others are asked to post a welcome sign or an encouraging message to the group Sept. 19-21.

Stay overnight, benefit MS

Crumbley said another way to contribute is to stay overnight at Callaway Gardens’ Mountain Creek Inn, Southern Pine Cottages or Mountain Creek Villas. Volunteers and participants can enjoy special-priced overnight rates.

For each room reserved, the Bike MS event will receive a donation from Callaway Gardens. Also, the more rooms reserved — the higher the percentage of the donation.

For additional information, call 1-800-463-6990 or visit www.callawaygardens.com.

About The National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Georgia Chapter

The National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Georgia Chapter serves individuals with MS and their families in 159 counties statewide, and along with hundreds of volunteers, raises more than $2 million annually from events such as the Bike MS: Cox Atlanta Ride and nine Walk MS events throughout the state. Seventy-eight cents of every dollar raised goes directly to support local programs and research for a cure.

Visit www.MSgeorgia.orgfor information on programs and services.

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