500 bikers are coming to Benson Thursday

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By Reed Anfinson
Swift County Monitor-News

Get ready for an estimated 500 bicyclists and 125 support people coming into Benson Thursday afternoon and evening. They are participating in the annual ride to raise money for the fight against Multiple Sclerosis (MS.)

Most are expected to be staying overnight in Benson, camping out at Ambush Park or staying at the Country Inn. The bikers will be coming in from Ortonville between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Many will visit the downtown area, shopping in local stores.

The community is asked to join the bikers to extend its local hospitality. The public is asked to join the bikers and their support staff at Ambush Park for free entertainment. There will also be food and a beer garden.

The entertainment includes:

4 to 5:20 p.m. – Doug Tatge with Sound Design

5:25 to 5:45 p.m. - Eleanor Habben

5:50 to 6:20 p.m. - Claire Ricard and Olivia Hoffman

6:25 to 7 p.m. – Jessica (Mooberry) Carruth

7 to 7:15 p.m. – bike tour information and announcements

7:15 to 8:15 p.m. - Joyce  (Forbord) Manning, Karen (Forbord) Mitteness and The Polka Dots

8:20 to 9 p.m. - Cameron Swanson with Cam & The Jammers.

There will also be city bus rides around the community and “people mover” wagon rides to show the community off to the bikers.

Last year the City of Benson agreed to host the bikers and is looking for the community to extend a welcome during an evening of entertainment and camaraderie at the park.

MS is an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system that disrupts the flow of information within the brain, and between the brain and body. The progress, severity and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot yet be predicted. Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50, with at least two to three times more women than men being diagnosed with the disease. There is no cure, yet.

The majority of people with MS do not become severely disabled. Two-thirds of people who have MS remain able to walk, though many will need an aid, such as a cane or crutches, and some will use a scooter or wheelchair because of fatigue, weakness, balance problems, or to assist with conserving energy.

Bike MS is the largest fundraising bike series in the world. Each year, nearly 75,000 cyclists and more than 6,000 teams ride together to change the world for people with MS by raising funds for research.

The Bike MS: Ride Across Minnesota is celebrating its 30th year by going back to where in all began... Ortonville, Minnesota...


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