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Louisiana gears up for Bike MS Oct. 5-6

National MS Society encourages cyclists to make a difference in the lives of those living with MS

METAIRIE, La.—Bike MS: Louisiana 2013, presented by BP, is an annual two-day, fundraising cycling event that raises funds and awareness for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Bike MS: Louisiana is celebrating its 30th year of taking cyclists on the ride of their life to create a world free of MS. Taking place Oct. 5-6, participants will enjoy a scenic 150- mile ride through the beautiful countryside of Louisiana and Mississippi while making an impact on MS.

"Bike MS: Louisiana is an exciting opportunity for cyclists, sponsors, volunteers and people living with multiple sclerosis to connect to one another and our mission," said Becky Pennington, vice president of development for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society in Louisiana. "The camaraderie and shared experience of raising awareness and funds makes the weekend a truly special experience. With each mile behind us and each dollar raised, we are moving closer to a cure."

Cyclists begin their journey on Saturday, Oct. 5 and ride 75 miles to Percy Quin State Park in McComb, Miss., where participants enjoy an overnight celebration. On Sunday, Oct. 6, cyclists gear up for the ride back to Southeastern Louisiana University for a Finish Line party. All registered cyclists are required to commit to a minimum fund-raising pledge of $275. Visit Cristina.Giambrone@nmss.org.

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