Pedal Power: MS Bike Ride to Start at Homestead-Miami Speedway
Saturday, May 14, an estimated 2500 cyclists, volunteers and sponsors will embark on a 150-mile Zimmerman Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Bike Ride that will begin on track at Homestead-Miami Speedway. An annual event to raise funding for and awareness of the fight against MS, the ride is South Florida’s largest cycling event of the year, with this year’s goal being to surpass 2010 fundraising numbers which garnered nearly $2 million for the cause.
“Of the 280-plus events we’ll host at Homestead-Miami Speedway in 2011, the Zimmerman MS Bike Ride is one of the most unique,” said HMS track president Matt Becherer. “This is the sixth year that we’ve had the opportunity to be a part of the tour to benefit South Floridians afflicted with the disease, and the second consecutive year serving as the start/finish line. We are honored to be partnered with the National MS Society which allows us to do our part in finding a cure in this the 25th anniversary of the ride.”
The two-day event will get underway with a lap around Homestead-Miami Speedway’s 1.5-mile oval, the very asphalt on which NASCAR (Nov. 18-20) will crown Champions this fall in all three of its top national divisions—the Sprint Cup, Nationwide and Camping World Truck Series— the weekend of Nov. 18-20, 2011. After circling the Homestead-Miami Speedway oval, the 2000-plus riders will pedal their way to John Pennekamp State Park in Key Largo for overnight camping before returning to the track on Day 2.
Riders are invited to pedal 50, 75, 110 or the full 150 miles, and participants will be provided free luggage transportation between Homestead-Miami Speedway and Key Largo. The route from Homestead-Miami Speedway to the Keys will include rest stops every four to 10 miles for refreshments, equipment repair, bathroom breaks and first aid.
The ride, organized by the South Florida Chapter of the National MS Society, solicits donations vital to the success of offsetting costs for services and programs benefitting South Floridians with MS, a chronic and unpredictable disease that attacks the central nervous system and affects roughly 400,000 Americans. The disease can impact the body in many ways, with symptoms ranging from mild, such as numbness in the limbs, to severe, including paralysis or loss of vision.
“Zimmerman Advertising/ zMotion are proud to be part of such an organization that is solely dedicated and does so much for people in desperate, agonizing need,” said Pat Patregnani, president of ride title-sponsor Zimmerman Advertising. My sincere congratulations to the local MS Foundation, all their staff and associates for their hard work and tireless commitment to 25 years of providing hope and support serving those inflicted with MS”
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