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PHOTO GALLERY: Charity bike race largest event of its kind in mid-Missouri

Saturday, September 10, 2011 | 6:21 p.m. CDT; updated 3:06 p.m. CDT, Sunday, September 11, 2011
Bikers begin the Bike MS: Express Scripts Gateway Getaway Ride at the Boone County Fairgrounds. The race is the region's largest charity bike event with more than 3,000 participants.

COLUMBIA — More than 3,200 cyclists will ride in the Bike MS: Express Scripts Gateway Getaway Ride from Saturday to Sunday.

Hosted at the Boone County Fairgrounds, this event is mid-Missouri’s largest charity bike race, said Dan Friedman, director of marketing and communications for the Gateway Area Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

“Cyclists come from far and wide for the annual event, now in its 27th year,” a news release stated. People from 28 states have registered for the ride.

This two-day ride supports multiple sclerosis research and services for 6,600 people living with MS in 90 counties of eastern Missouri and southern Illinois.

Steve Dietiker, Paul Churnoch, James Reed and Anuj Bhargava fix a flat tire at their tent during the beginning of the Bike MS: Express Scripts Gateway Getaway Ride on Saturday. The bikers, members of the McClure Engineering team, were glad the tire didn't pop during the actual race.
A bike team of firefighters waits at the starting line before beginning the Bike MS: Express Scripts Gateway Getaway Ride on Saturday. The firefighters were part of an honorary bike team to commemorate the 10th anniversary of 9/11.

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