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Pedaling across Minnesota Bluff Country Bike MS TRAM 2011, a worthy cause


Fri, May 27th, 2011
Posted in Health & Wellness

It is time! If you want to help multiple sclerosis research and support people with MS and have fun doing it, it is time to get into training and join the adventure. TRAM 2011 from July 24-29, a five day cycling vacation, is to be routed through the beautiful bluff country of southeastern Minnesota. Host cities with overnight stays include Rochester, Owatonna, Austin, Lanesboro and Winona. All donations raised by the participants go to help people with MS.

TRAM 2011 goes on as scheduled, rain or shine. Routes will be well marked with orange arrows.

The ride will cover about 300 miles averaging between 50 and 75 miles per day. To physically prepare for the ride may take weeks, so no time to waste. Google MS TRAM 2011 to find the website (MS TRAM - National MS Society) which provides answers to any questions you may have, registration and contact information.

The week long ride is fully supported. All riders must be at least 12 years of age by the beginning of the ride. There is a $50 registration fee which helps cover the purchase of a commemorative t-shirt, food and drinks at the many rest stops, and a meal at the end of the ride. Also included is entertainment, help for mechanical and medical issues, and police support.

Each rider is required to raise a minimum of $300 for MS. Help and suggestions for fundraising are available on the website.

Riders can take advantage of outdoor camping, arrange for their own housing or use shuttle buses to participating hotels and B and B's. Or, alternative housing will be made available in each of the host cities for $20 per person.

The website provides detailed information for all aspects of preparing for the ride including training. It recommends individuals consult their doctor before starting a training regimen. It is suggested that participates ride with a friend or family member frequently and for longer periods of time to get into shape. Generally, participates need to drink plenty of fluids, eat healthy and get sufficient sleep. The website details a suggested eight week training schedule.

If you are not able to participate directly by riding, you can help a participant with a donation or by volunteering.

Volunteering

For information on volunteering and an application google MS TRAM 2011 and click on National MS Society Survey - Bike MS: Star Tribune. Many volunteers will be needed including truck drivers, people for first aid, route marking, intersection safety, ride marshal, motorcycle escort, HAM radio operator, parking assistant, luggage loading/unloading, money counter, support and gear driver, registration assistant, set up/tear down, food services, rest stop assistant, photographer, massage therapist, and so on.

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