UTSA, MS Society host June 5 kick-off event for fall bike-race fundraiser

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(June 3, 2010)--UTSA and National Multiple Sclerosis Society Lone Star will host a kick-off event from 7 to 11 a.m., Saturday, June 5 at the Recreation and Wellness Center on the UTSA Main Campus. The event will feature seminars, an expo and an opportunity to start training for Bike MS: Valero 2010 Alamo Ride to the River, an Oct. 9-10 bicycle race to raise money to fight multiple sclerosis.

Bike training rides will begin at 7 a.m. with showers available post-ride in the Rec Center. At 8:30 a.m., the doors will open and onsite registration will be available. Speaker sessions and an expo will run 9-11 a.m. Speaker topics will include training and nutrition, general ride information, fundraising tips and a team session. Additionally, there will be a cycling expo with vendors including the Texas Bicycle Coalition, Velo Valero Cycling Team, City of San Antonio Office of Environmental Policy and local bike shops.

Free parking will be available in lot 5 south of the Convocation Center and Recreation and Wellness Center. (See a map of the UTSA Main Campus.)

Register online for the Oct. 9-10 Bike MS: Valero. Registration is $30 through July 5, and participants are required to raise a minimum of $300. After July 5, the registration fee will increase to $60.

Bike MS: Valero 2010 Alamo Ride to the River is one of three fundraising rides hosted by the National MS Society: Lone Star including a ride from Houston to Austin each April and and a ride from Frisco to Fort Worth each May. Cyclists regard the three Texas rides as the premier rides in the state with experienced management, well-coordinated routes and special attention to rider safety and comfort.

The National MS Society is a collective of passionate individuals who want to move together toward a world free of multiple sclerosis. The organization mobilizes people and resources to drive research for a cure and to address the challenges of everyone affected by MS.

The National MS Society: Lone Star serves an estimated 20,000 individuals and their families affected by MS in 174 Texas counties with offices in Austin, Corpus Christi, Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston and San Antonio.

For more information, call 210-494-5531 (and press 2) or e-mail sa-bike@nmsslonestar.org.