Bike MS: Ozark 2010 Ride - Another Successful Year

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Bike MS: Ozark 2010 Ride - Another Successful Year

For the last 2 days, my hubby and I have worked as one of the motorcycle escorts for the MS bike run.  Starting at the High MS Bike Run - 2010 in Clever MissouriSchool in Clever Missouri, we escorted over a 1000 cyclists over a 50 mile ride to Joplin Missouri, then back to Clever the following day.

So much organization for the Multiple Sclerosis Bike run goes into this two day event. Committees include:

Bike MS Work Parties - Bike MS Committee - Pre Event Opportunities - Packing & Loading - Route Signing - Set up Truck Drivers - HAM Radio Operator - Cyclist Check-in and Registration - Photographer - Security and Gear Vehicle Driver (SAG) - Medical - Hazard/Safety - Rest Stop Captain -Finish Line - Wrap up - Data Entry.

And then there's the motorcycle escorts - that's us!

This year there was approximately 25 motocycles.  Our job is to make sure the cyclists are ok, fix flat tires, call the SAG drivers, and insure everyone arrives safely. 


Last year, we changed over 20 flat tires.  Heavy rains caused small gravel along the back roads and the route had to rerouted.  This year, we had 80 degree weather and no rain.  The main concern this year was dehydration for many of the riders.

Clever Missouri High School - Photo taken in 2009One of the spectators on the MS Run

I used to think the riders of this event was the younger crowd, but there are so many cyclists over 50.  What a great way to stay in shape and work for a great cause. '

This year their goal is to raise $466,000 for the Springfield run.  I just looked and they are over half way there.

Know someone with MS?  There's still time to donate to this great cause. 

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Liz and Bill Spear
RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 - Mason, OH
RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)

Kay, That's a LOT of bikers!  Nice job on the escort duty and good luck hitting the fundraising goal!

Sep 19, 2010 02:22 PM #1
Jim Springer - Foreclosures Springfield MO
RE/MAX Solutions - Highlandville, MO


Good job!  Like the pic of the bull. 

Sep 20, 2010 10:33 AM #2
Kay Van Kampen
RE/MAX Broker, RE/MAX - Springfield, MO
Realtor®, Springfield Mo Real Estate

Thanks Liz and Bill.  We had a great time helping the bikers.  They are a great dedicated group.

Sep 20, 2010 03:19 PM #3
Kay Van Kampen
RE/MAX Broker, RE/MAX - Springfield, MO
Realtor®, Springfield Mo Real Estate

Jim, that was one big bull.  Surprised he stood there and let us take his picture.

Sep 20, 2010 03:20 PM #4
Margaret Woda
Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc. - Crofton, MD
Maryland Real Estate & Military Relocation

Sounds like a lot of work for organizers and a lot of fun for participants.  It was bike week in Delmarva last week (the Delaware-Maryland-Virginia eastern shore), and there were thousands of bikes, but I didn't read anything about it being for a cause other than fun.  Congrats on giving your event a meaningful purpose.

Sep 21, 2010 02:10 PM #5
Nick T Pappas
Assoc. Broker/Broker ABR, CRS, SFR, e-Pro, @Homes Realty Group, @HomesBirmingham & Providence Property Mgmnt, LLC Hun... - Huntsville, AL
Madison & Huntsville Alabama Real Estate Resource

Kay, I used to do a lot of bike rides (non-motorized) the support escorts always did a great job.  As I also ride motorcycles I thought it was pretty cool that the escorts rode motorcycles.  Good luck reaching your goal.

Sep 22, 2010 03:43 AM #6
Barb Szabo, CRS
RE/MAX Trinity Brecksville Ohio - Cleveland, OH
E-pro Realtor, Cleveland Ohio Homes

What a wonderful combination of positive things....healthy cycling, volunteering, and money raised for a great cause!

Sep 23, 2010 12:14 AM #7
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