‘Biking to the Viking’ Eyes $500K Fundraising Goal

‘Biking to the Viking’ Eyes $500K Fundraising Goal

Cyclists ride in the 23rd annual Biking to the Viking MS Bike Tour on Saturday, August 25, 2012. (HANDOUT)
Cyclists ride in the 23rd annual Biking to the Viking MS Bike Tour on Saturday, August 25, 2012. (HANDOUT)

This year’s 170-kilometre bike ride to end multiple sclerosis is hoping to raise $500,000 in donations for the MS Society of Canada.

The annual Biking to the Viking MS Bike Tour will bring out 600 cyclists, who will pedal from Stonewall to Gimli and back over the span of two days on August 22-23.

Last year’s ride was cut short due to inclement weather and high winds, putting an end to the second day of the tour.

“The feeling of crossing the half way point was amazing but left a huge question of what it is like to cross the finish line in Stonewall,” said outgoing board chair Keith McConnell, who challenged all participants to come back to finish what they started in 2014.

“The sense of accomplishment must be amazing and like all competitors you only understand once you do it.”

All cyclists must raise a minimum of $300 in pledges to participate. More than $7.3 million has been raised for the event over the tour’s 25-year history, which has attracted some 16,000 participants.

Winnipeg Mayor Brian Bowman will be a celebrity rider this time around.

Rider registration is at the Veterans Memorial Sports Complex in Stonewall beginning at 6:30 a.m. Ride time is 8 a.m.

To make a donation or to sign up, visit MSBike.ca.


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