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Welcome to your first monthly Bike MS newsletter! We look forward to sharing details of the Ohio Buckeye Chapter’s three Bike MS tours. This newsletter will be your one stop shop to getting all the information that you need for a successful bike event!

Top Teams

Top Participants

*Amounts as of 5/6/2015

*Amounts as of 5/6/2015

Bike to the Bay: ZF Bike Team ($5,650) Central Ohio Challenge: Team Riker ($250) Buckeye Breakaway: Team Left Hand/Century Cycles ($9,765)

Bike to the Bay: Mark Miller ($3,260) Central Ohio Challenge: Sarah Brady ($510) Buckeye Breakaway: Koreen Burrow ($8,950)

Team Week Contest!

Where does the money go?

Time is almost up! The contest runs May 4-8 at midnight. There will be one winner from each site. The Team that raises the most wins a pizza party up to $100! The individual that raises the most will win a 2015 Bike MS Jersey and select a Bike MS wearable item! The team with the highest percentage increase in riders will get ten pairs of Bike MS socks! STAY TUNED FOR UPCOMING TEAM WEEKS AND PRIZES!

Be sure to bookmark the Bike MS Team News page to stay up to date on event information

$50: could provide round-trip transportation to a medical appointment $100: could help purchase a walker or shower chair $250: could fund a transport chair, accessible transportation to a medical appointment, or a portable ramp $500: could help fund a college scholarship for a high school senior who is living with MS or whose parent is living with MS $1,000: could pay for a hospital bed, half of a standard chair lift, or utility or rental assistance to two people living with MS $43,000: could fund a research grant (average cost) People all over the world are celebrating breaking down the barriers to access and sharing what makes us #strongerthanMS


Stay connected on social media!

FUNDRAISE! FUNDRAISE! Throughout the newsletter, keep your eye open for fundraising ideas to help your team!

Questions about the ride? Contact our Event Coordinators Samantha Marchal & Scott Sherwood for more information!

Help cheer on our riders! Click here for more info!

June 20-21, 2015

Bike to the Bay

Event Details: Two day riders will spend the night in Port Clinton and have an opportunity to enjoy dinner and tickets for the Jet

Express to Put-In-Bay or tickets to the After-Ride party at Catawba Island Brewery. On Sunday, two day participants will head back to finish at Perrysburg High School. One day riders (Saturday only) will start at the Perrysburg High School. The 35 mile riders will ride to Pemberville and there will be busses to tranport riders and their bikes back to the high school. The 50, 75, and 100 mile riders will finish at Port Clinton High School on Saturday. There will also be busses available there to transport you and your bike back to Perrysburg High School. One day riders should be sure to sign up for a bus time when you register! Be sure to attend the After-Ride Party at Catawba Island Brewery, 2330 E. Harbor Rd., Port Clinton, 4:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m.! The charter busses that do the Hotel / Jet Express loop will add this as a drop off / pick up point. It is NOT within walking distance of the high school. After-Ride Party includes tickets for 2 beers and 2 slices of Bell Mell’s pizza. Live music will be provided by “Vernon Jones Blues Cartel” from 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. Rider will choose EITHER the Jet Express ticket OR After-Ride Party option when checking in. Route Update: Improvements to the route have been made due to rider feedback, including a return to scenic Tontogany Creek Road and rest stop in Tontogany. **applies to 35, 75, 100 mile routes only

Training Ride 411: The Toledo Area Bicyclists (TAB) in cooperation with the MS Society will be conducting a Bike to the

Bay Training and Group Ride Clinic. The event will take place Saturday, May 30 at 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. at the Fort Meigs YMCA, 13415 Eckel Junction Rd. Perrysburg, OH. The event will cover important topics to make your ride safe, fun and enjoyable. Those who attend the Training and Group Ride Clinic will be invited to join TAB June 1-4 group rides.

Don’t forget about your Bike MS Draught Fundraising Party, Wednesday, May 13! Click here to get your tickets!

FUNdraiser Tip: Ask your company to match the amount of pledges you receive from your coworkers and ask your friends who donate to get their company to match pledges.

Stay tuned for details on the Bike to the Bay Team Week contest starting June 1-5! Registration details Top Teams Top Participants

3/16- 5/15 - $50 5/16 – 6/14 - $75 6/19- $100 Fundraising Minimum: $300 Route Options: Saturday 35, 50, 75, 100 Sunday 50, 75, 100 Age Minimum: 12

ZF Bike Team ($5,650) For Melissa ($3,985) Plus5 BTTB ($3,036) Team Leapfrog ($2,365) Spokey-Dokey ($2,220)

*Amounts as of 5/6/2015. Click progress bike for updated information

Mark Miller ($3,260) Donald Zirkelbach($1,000) James Oneail ($930) Randy Denman ($905) Aaron Skolmowski ($900)

July 11, 2015

Central Ohio Challenge Event Details: The ride begins at Dublin’s Glacier Ridge Elementary School on July 11 at 7:00 a.m. and travel along sections

of the scenic Big Darby Plains Ohio Byway before finishing back in Dublin. You’ll go through towns like Plain City, Milford Center, and Bellefontaine. We’ll have three route options available this year - 30, 50, and 95 miles. The ride is fully supported with rest stops, bike mechanics, medical and safety volunteers, and support vehicles. Invite your family and friends to cheer as you cross the finish line and enjoy a wonderful celebration. A fantastic finish awaits you with great food and music. Packet pick up will be held the day of the event starting at 6:00 a.m. All riders will need to be on the route by 8:00 a.m. Route cards with turn-byturn directions will also be available. Rest stops are every 15-20 miles and will have Gatorade, water, snacks and restrooms. Lunch will be provided at a rest stop for those riders riding the 95 mile route. Dinner will be provided upon your return to Dublin.

Bike to Work Day: Come see us at the Columbus Commons!

We will be there at 8 a.m., Friday, May 15, with snacks! Click here for more information

Gather your friends for your Bike MS Draught Fundraising Party, Thursday, June 4! Click here to get your tickets!

FUNdraiser Tip: Do some spring cleaning! You and your friends

can gather up some stuff you don’t need, then pick a weekend to set up shop and sell! All your money can go toward your fundraising goal!

Registration details 3/16- 5/15 - $35 5/16 – 7/5 - $45 7/11 - $50 Fundraising Minimum: $150 Route Options: 30, 50, and 95 Age Minimum: 12

Top Teams

Team Riker ($250) Team A&F ($220) Al’s Pedal Pals ($135) Craig’s Crankers ($100) Cardinal Health Cyclotrons ($90)

*Amounts as of 5/6/2015. Click progress bike for updated information

Top Participants Sarah Brady ($510) Sue Herrett ($310) Heather Weissert ($270) Sarah Riegel ($265) Mike Speed ($210)

August 1-2, 2015

Buckeye Breakaway

(formerly Pedal to the Point)

Event Details: We will start and finish at Brunswick High School and our lunch stop will be at Lorain County Joint Vocational

School. The food at Ashland will help us meet a number of dietary needs: vegetarian, vegan, gluten free. We’ll be providing recreational options at Ashland such as swimming, hot tub use, video games, foosball, pool tables, etc. This is an air conditioned space where riders are welcome to hang out. Teams will get to showcase themselves and be as creative as they can in our new Team Village! We’ll be having an overnight party complete with entertainment and our new beer sponsor, Left Hand Brewing! Team Left Hand will also be riding in the event! The team raised over $1 million in fundraising this year for the Society! Check them out on Facebook!

Training Ride 411: Join us for a training ride on Saturday, May 9 at 9 a.m. at the Lorain Co. Joint Vocational School, 15181

State Route 58, Oberlin, OH. The Buckeye Breakaway ride will be the same route from Brunswick up until the lunch at the Lorain Co. JVS. We are offering a 45-50 mile ride for people to see most of the second half of the route. If you plan to participate, please send an email to and put “Training Ride” in the subject and your name in the body of the email so we will who will be riding. If your team is hosting a training ride, be sure to share on social media so others can participate!

Team Village: Team Village is an incredible way to experience Bike MS with your team members! Reserve a team tent through us

and we will make sure they are set in place before you arrive! We encourage you to have friends and family members arrive early to decorate your tent and create a mini-party where you and your team members can enjoy the hope and inspiration of Bike MS! Click Here to reserve your team tent in our NEW Team Village! Click here for a complete list of rules and regulations.

FUNdraiser Tip: Ask the restaurant manager at your favorite local restaurant to place a money jar at the front of the restaurant. They may be willing to place the jar in a high-traffic area so lots of patrons can see it.

Don’t forget about your Bike MS Draught Night Fundraising Party, Thursday, May 21! Click here to buy tickets!

Registration details 3/16 - 5/15 - $50 5/16 - 7/26 - $75 7/31- $100 Fundraising Minimum: $300 Route Options: 30, 75, 100, 150 Age Minimum: 12

Top Teams

Team Left Hand/Century Cycles ($9,765) David & Koreen Bike the US 4 MS ($8,950) Team Suszynski ($5,385) Team Progressive ($4,675) We’re Mad ($3,540)

*Amounts as of 5/6/2015. Click progress bike for updated information

Top Participants

Koreen Burrow ($8,950) Christine Meisinger ($3,480) Jeffrey Suszynski ($3,030) Joseph Beno ($2,000) Dan Grimes ($1,465)

Accommodations: Click here to see all of the options!

Join the Bike MS 2015 TOP FUNDRAISER Clubs! Bike MS Top Fundraisers are an exclusive group of cyclists who go the extra mile to create a world free of MS. Any outstanding contributions and/or matching gifts must be received by September 30, 2015 in order to qualify. Those riders qualifying as a Top Fundraiser in 2015 will be awarded their perks for the 2016 Ride.


THE $1,000 CLUB » $1,000 - $1,999 Exclusive Club T-Shirt 2015 Commemorative Top Fundraiser Patch (Sent out Dec. 2015/Jan. 2016) Exclusive rider bib number for 2016 Ride Admittance into this year’s VIP Tent!

ELITE VIP CLUB » $2,000+ $2,000 - $4,999 All $1,000 Club benefits Complementary Registration in 2016 ride Commemorative jersey mailed in Spring 2016 Bike MS Rider Packet mailed to VIP VIP Parking Pass for 2016 Ride VIP bike parking Three pieces of luggage for 2016 Ride


$5,000 - $9,999 All perks listed above and qualify for Bike MS Passport Program $10,000 - $13,999 All perks listed above and section of 2016 route named in your honor Elite VIP Commemorative item $14,000+ All perks listed above and Mission Possible Award given at Annual Meeting Free hotel stay at Bike MS Overnight (Saturday) of the 2016 ride Biographical article in MS Connection newsletter

*Top Fundraisers as of 5/5/2015

The following Bike MS Participants have already reached TOP FUNDRAISER Status for Bike MS 2015!

Buckeye Breakaway

Koreen Burrow Jeffrey Suszynski Joseph Beno Christine Meisinger David Schultz

Lenka Yunk Kevin Suszynski Dan Grimes Beth Jordan John Kovach

Bike to the Bay

Donald Zirkelbach

Mark Miller

Can’t wait to add your name to the list!

FUNdraiser Tip: Host a poker game. Call your friends and invite them over for poker night!

Mile after mile, Bike MS is a ride like no other. Together we build lifelong connections, achieve individual and collective milestones, and help those living with MS move their lives forward. Every mile we ride and every dollar we raise make a difference to the 2.3 million people living with MS. It’s not the miles- it’s the unforgettable journey. Join us for an event that’s more than a ride- it’s anticipation, camaraderie, accomplishment and the knowledge that you’re changing lives, making every mile that much sweeter. Bring your passion and bike – we’ll take care of the rest! From team building support to treats like sno-cones and energy bars, we know you’ll see the difference. And there’s nothing like crossing the finish line and celebrating with your team.

Check out this awesome fundraiser event! David and Koreen are on a mission to bike and fundraise in every state. Help them raise awareness!

About the event: Buckeye Breakaway team David & Koreen Bike the US 4 MS hosted their 2nd annual SPIN FOR A CURE at Pure Cycle Studio in Canfield OH. The event was Sunday, May 3. You could enter as a team (2 to 6 riders for 6 hours) for $100 or ride as an individual $20 per hour. Over 200 people participated and they raised over $9,000! There were even awards and prizes for participants!

Did your team host an awesome fundraiser event? Share it with us! Send your event information and pictures to your Event Coordinators Samantha Marchal & Scott Sherwood! And look for it to be featured in an upcoming Spoke Notes issue!

Check out David & Koreen Bike the US 4 MS on Facebook Click here to check out more event pictures! David & Koreen’s Team page

Thank you to our national Sponsors! The support provided by our loyal corporate partners is an integral component in creating a world free of MS, helping us fund our local programs and medical research efforts. Sponsorship of our special events helps us keep our fundraising costs low and ensures that more money goes toward research and programs for people with MS. Please contact us to learn how your company can get involved and help make a difference in the lives of people affected by MS.

*Click each icon to visit Sponsor’s Web site!