|Colorado's MS-150, part 1|
by Stormy on June 28, 2008
Multiple sclerosis strikes thousands of people around the world. It is a disease associated with technological countries and as being related to the immune system.
For over two decades that Colorado MS society has been raising money for multiple sclerosis research through the MS-150 bike ride. The ride takes place over two days during which riders cover half the distance each day. It is a challenging course that skirts Colorado's Front Range, going over hilly terrain. The event is capped to 3,000 participants and is always well attended. It is supported by some of the largest companies in the nation and by some 600 individual volunteers who make sure that all details are carefully attended to.
I had an opportunity to experience the MS-150 from the point of view of the communications crew for this event. Communications personnel were stationed at all twelve rest stops, the start and finish lines and with event officials, medics, police and SAG vehicles. Managing 3,000 people over a 75 mile course requires a lot of logistical support.
The race this year started in Westminster Colorado at the Front Range Community College and wound its way north through small rural communities to Colorado State University in Fort Collins. Rest stops offered bike repair, food, bathroom facilities, medical help and many other amenities. The event lasts about ten hours each day.
Some riders dress up in crazy outfits, others prefer to ride in quiet anonymity. Many form corporate or community teams or ride in honor of a friend or a relative suffering from multiple sclerosis.
Saturday night the mass of riders and volunteers gathered at the Colorado State University. There was food and beer garden, a live stage and massages for those too worn out to take part in other events. The riders spend the night in Fort Collins before heading back the following day.