Thousands of riders cycle through Cache Valley for MS research
Published: June 29, 2014 07:44PM
Updated: June 29, 2014 05:19PM
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Pearl Wright | Amber Gold Marketing Starting lineup at the Bike MS: Harmons Best Dam Bike Ride fund raising event Saturday June 26, 2014 in Logan at the Cache County Fairgrounds. As many as 2,200 Utah and Idaho cyclists on 133 teams participated in the Bike MS: Harmons Best Dam Bike Ride fundraising event today, June 28 and concluding on June 29, 2014. More than $1.4 million has been raised with fundraising continuing through July.

Some 2,200 cyclists were pedaling through the Cache Valley Saturday and Sunday to raise funds for multiple sclerosis.

The 28th annual Bike MS: Harmons Best Dam Bike Ride began Saturday morning in Logan and resumes Sunday. Last year, the riders raised more than $1.5 million by securing their own sponsorships, according to a press release.

Besides research, the National Multiple Sclerosis Society Utah-Southern Idaho Chapter uses the money to support local services for Utah and Idaho residents.

“Bike MS is about more than logging miles on a bike, it’s an unforgettable way to make a difference for those who have multiple sclerosis,” said Becky Lyttle, vice president of community development for the chapter said, according to the release.

Participants are riding 40, 75 or 100 miles with an option of riding 20 or 50 more miles on Sunday.

Multiple sclerosis is an often disabling disease of the central nervous system, and interrupts the flow of information within the brain and between the brain and the body.