The “Bike MS: Bike the Bluegrass” event, hosted by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, is returning to Central Kentucky on Saturday and Sunday June 2-3. St. Catharine College will host the event, which helps raise money to fight MS, for the second-consecutive year, and routes will run through five counties, but primarily Washington and Marion counties.
Last year was a success at St. Catharine, raising $175,000 according to MS Society Development Coordinator Mary Carabella.
“We had a wonderful turn out last year,” she said. “We had approximately 250 cyclists register, and with their friends and family there were several hundred people there.”
There will be routes of 25, 50, 75 and 100 miles on the the first day of the ride, with options of 50 and 75 miles on day two. New rest stops this year include Limestone Branch distillery and Popes Creek Ranch in Lebanon.
Carabella said one of the most inspiring aspects of the event is that some of those suffering from MS are able to support their own cause.
“We have several cyclists that have MS, so it’s always a good challenge for them to be able to come out each year,” she said.
The event doesn’t come without a little incentive for the riders, however.
“The big challenge for fundraising this year is that we have a Maker’s Mark jersey, and in order to get that jersey you have to raise a minimum of $1,000,” Carabella said. “We have a lot of cyclists raising money that want that jersey.”
Carabella said there’s even a rider from California who participates in various MS rides around the country that chose to take part in this event because he’s determined to earn that jersey.
Registration for the ride has been open since Nov. 1, and anyone interested can still register at www.bikekyw.nationalmssociety.org. You can also check out the coveted Maker’s Mark jersey on the site, as well as find safety and training information.