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MS bike riders start, finish trek at CSC

Bike MS is held every year in Rutland County to help people with Multiple Sclerosis. This year’s event, held Aug. 6-7, started and finished on the campus of Castleton State College.

Bike MS is held every year in Rutland County to help people with Multiple Sclerosis. This year’s event, held Aug. 6-7, started and finished on the campus of Castleton State College.

— Hundreds of bicycle riders from Vermont and across the northeast completed the the Bike MS: Green Mountain Getaway that benefits victims of multiple sclerosis in Vermont.

This year’s Green Mountain Getaway started and finished at Castleton State College Aug. 6-7.

Organized by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, the two-day ride offered gorgeous routes to mix and match according to your riding ability.

The big ride is made possible thanks to the support of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Vermont, Co-operative Insurance Companies, Earl’s Cyclery & Fitness, ABC22, Applebee’s, SkiHaus of Vermont, Price Chopper, and Castleton State College.

There were well-supplied rest stops staffed by enthusiastic volunteers every 10-12 miles as well as roadside service by bike mechanics from Earl’s Cyclery & Fitness, SkiHaus, West Hill Shop Inc., and Belgen Cycles.

Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50, but teenagers and even young children can have the disease. More than twice as many women as men have MS, which affects more than 400,000 people in the U.S., and 2.5 million worldwide.

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