PHOTO GALLERY: Bike MS fundraiser
Tuesday, September 14, 2010 | 9:52 p.m. CDT;
updated 8:14 a.m. CDT, Wednesday, September 15, 2010
Cyclists pass the pirate themed rest stop at the Little Dixie Fire Protection District Station Sunday. Riders could choose among three different routes, which had rest stops roughly every ten miles.
Almost 3,500 cyclists helped raise money for multiple sclerosis awareness and research by participating in Bike MS: Express Scripts Gateway Getaway Ride on Sept. 11 and 12 at the Boone County Fairgrounds.
Cyclists begin the Bike MS: Express Scripts Gateway Getaway Ride Saturday morning at the starting line. Riders biked for MS both Saturday and Sunday to raise funds for research and could pick from three routes with varying distances—the 40-mile, 75-mile or 100-mile century route.
Charlie Ries waves to and encourages MS bike riders Saturday at the starting line. This was Ries' 25th year volunteering for the MS bike ride, "Thank the volunteers at the rest stop(s). They'll give you food."
Charlie Ries gives riders a pep talk Saturday morning before the MS bike ride. He led cyclists in his well-known "Hip, hip...hooray!" cheer to get them excited. The number "281" on his shirt corresponds to his bid number when he first volunteered 25 years ago. He has kept that bid number every year afterward.
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