CA – RRT Helps at Multiple Sclerosis Biking To The Viking
While to many people the word ‘Viking’ may bring a wide variety of sentiments, to Manitobans the most predominant thought relates to the disease ‘Multiple Sclerosis’. Each year, around 700 cyclists from Manitoba join in the fight to end MS by participating in a 167 kilometre bike ride from the town of Stonewall, Manitoba to the town of Gimli, Manitoba and back the next day.
Termed “Biking to the Viking,” due to the Icelandic heritage of Gimli, the event is designed to raise funds to assist in MS research and find a cure to the disease. Each participant fund-raises for several months leading up to the event and several weeks after. The goal for the 2016 event was $480,000 – a hefty number that will go a long ways in MS research!
RRT was pleased to assist in the event again this year, alongside multiple other volunteers who are all passionate about finding a cure to end MS.
The event began around 6:30 AM in Stonewall when participants began checking in, and ended around 4:30 PM in Gimli as the last rider successfully crossed the finish line of the ride! During the day, RRT assisted initially with sorting, loading, and unpacking the baggage at both locations. Then, a separate crew assisted as route marshals along the route the bikers followed, keeping the cyclists safe from highway traffic. Other RRT members then headed off to the lunch stop to provide refreshments to the brave bikers, and the rest of the team assisted at the finish line, cheering the participants through as they crossed the finish line for day 1!
Unlike last year, where the event was greeted by torrential rains, this year the bikers had clear skies and cool temperature, but had to brave a strong head wind which further proved their stamina in participating in an event of this scale.
The amounts raised are still to be determined, but one thing is for sure – August 20 and 21 will go down as another successful year in the 27th annual MS Biking to the Viking event!