Bikers will see the beauty of the back roads between Kansas City and Lawrence as they raise money through the MS 150 Bike Ride
Lawrence: Nearly 2,000 cyclists will take a two-day bike ride that will lead them along the scenic back roads from Kansas City to Lawrence and back while raising money for the National MS Society Mid America Chapter on September 13 and 14.
The MS 150 Bike Ride starts and finishes at Garmin Headquarters in Olathe, Kan, with an overnight stay and lots of free entertainment for cyclists and the public in Lawrence’s South Park.
Route options for the first day include 38 mile, 73 mile or 101 mile routes. The return on Sunday offers 38 or 73 mile returns. The routes include fully-stocked rest stops every 10-15 miles, a great lunch stop each day and safety provided by volunteer EMT’s, HAM radio operators, the police departments and bicycle repair from partner bike shops.
The public is invited to the Gears & Grooves Festival at South Park at the conclusion of the Saturday ride. Activities include food and drink from EATS, Torched Goodness food truck and Boulevard Beer trailer and bar. Free kids activities include a Bounce House, face painting, and more. Free music begins with DJs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., followed by live music from Greg Pelligrine and Hit or Miss, 3:00 to 5:00; Lucas Parker and Chad Smith of MUSTARD, 5:00 to 7:00; and Ashes to Immortality, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Riders are up early on Sunday for a free pancake breakfast by Chris Cakes and on the road back to Olathe, Kan. for a finish line celebration and a great feeling of accomplishment.
Sean Staggs, Bike MS director for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, said, “We continue to be impressed and thrilled with our partnership with Lawrence.”
Bob Sanner, Lawrence Convention & Visitors Bureau, said this will be the largest fund-raising event for the MS Mid America Chapter, and is expected to raise over $1 million.
More information about the MS 150 Bike Ride and a complete calendar of Lawrence area events are available at www.visitlawrence.com.
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