Over 600 cyclists are hitting the road this weekend for the Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society’s MS Bike Tour from Ottawa to Cornwall.
Now in its 24th year, the MS Bike Tour is a favorite in the Ottawa area. With routes ranging between 75 and 225 kilometres, the tour provides an opportunity for cyclists of all levels to have fun and raise funds in support of MS research and programs. Organizers have set a fundraising goal of $500,000. In 2012, 568 cyclists raise a total of $460,000. Funds raised support hundreds of individuals living with MS in our community.
“I have been participating in this event for 23 years,” says Richard Jurewicz. “My wife has had MS for over 25 years now and has tapped into the services of the MS Society for many years. My love of biking and my love for my wife [make] this an event I will do until a cure for MS is found. The bike tour is a real celebration of people coming together for a common purpose, and it makes me feel good to know people care and want to make a difference in our community”.
Richard will start his 24th tour August 10 at the arena in Metcalfe and will cycle 100 kilometres on scenic route along the St. Lawrence. His destination is Cornwall’s NAV Centre. One-day participants will return to Metcalfe by bus on Saturday evening while two-day participants will leave Cornwall at 7 a.m. Sunday and arrive back at the Metcalfe Arena between 1 and 3 p.m.
Multiple sclerosis is a chronic, often disabling disease of the brain and spinal cord. Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 15 and 40, and the unpredictable effects of MS last for the rest of their lives. The MS Society provides services to people affected by MS and funds research to find the cause and cure for this disease.