6,000 cycle from Houston towards a cure for MS

Cougar News Staff

Thousands of cyclists will trek the 168 miles from Houston to Austin this weekend to help fight multiple sclerosis.

The bike ride lasts two days, with an overnight rest stop for weary pedalers in La Grange.

One tandem cycling couple will take time out this year to exchange their marriage vows there.

Ben Gibson and Mary Stanford, who met at a cycling event and have each been a part of the annual MS 150 in the past, have chosen this event specifically to surround their ceremony.

The MS 150 raises money to fund research and to provide support for individuals who suffer from the disease.

MS is an auto-immune disease which strikes young adults. In Texas, more than 7,200 people are inflicted.

Last year 4,500 cyclists participated, raising a record $1.5 million. This year, the newly named Isuzu MS 150 Bike Tour has attracted more than 6,000 cyclists, the highest number ever.

With the minimal pledge of at least $150 from each rider, event coordinators said they expect a huge jump in money raised this year as well.

The event is the largest of its kind in the nation and the largest non-profit sporting event in Houston.

The last chance to join in the ride is today from 3 to 10 p.m. at the Marriot West, 13210 Katy Freeway.

For more information, contact the Stevens Group at (713) 524-0555.

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