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Cyclists to 'Ride the Wind' for MS event

More than 200 bicyclists will pedal their way from Horace, N.D., to Wahpeton, N.D., this weekend as part of a multiple sclerosis fundraiser. The North Central State MS Society is hosting the two-day, 150-mile "Bike MS: Ride the Wind" event in hop...

More than 200 bicyclists will pedal their way from Horace, N.D., to Wahpeton, N.D., this weekend as part of a multiple sclerosis fundraiser.

The North Central State MS Society is hosting the two-day, 150-mile "Bike MS: Ride the Wind" event in hopes of raising $140,000 through sponsors and donations.

"Not only is this a fundraiser, but it's a great way for us to get the word out about the MS Society and educate people on the disease," said Amy Hinkemeyer, development manager at the Fargo MS Society office.

MS is a chronic neurological disease that affects more than 400,000 Americans, according to the MS Society's Web site.

Riders can register through the start of the race at 7 a.m. Saturday from Horace Elementary. Cyclists will travel 75 miles to North Dakota State College of Science in Wahpeton. The race's return trip starts at 7 a.m. Sunday from NDSCS and covers another 75 miles on its way back to Horace Elementary.

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Cyclists can ride as individuals or join a team for a chance at some friendly competition, Hinkemeyer said.

"It's a great personal challenge to be able to complete 150 miles in two days, and the fundraising is always a challenge," she said.

To register or sponsor a rider, visit www.myms bike.org or call (701) 235-2678.

If you go

  • What: Bike MS: Ride the Wind
  • When: Saturday and Sunday
  • Where: Bikes will leave at 7 a.m. Saturday from Horace Elementary and arrive throughout the afternoon at North Dakota State College of Science in Wahpeton. The Sunday ride will leave from NDSCS and return to Horace Elementary.
  • Info: Riders can register through Saturday morning.
  • To register or sponsor a rider, visit www.mymsbike.org or call (701) 235-2678. Readers can reach Forum reporter Heidi Shaffer at (701) 235-7311

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