Harmons Best Dam Bike Ride Raises Over $1.5 Million


The National Multiple Sclerosis Society held the 22nd Annual Harmons Best Dam Bike Ride on June 28–29, 2008 at the Cache County Fairgrounds in Logan. 3,033 cyclists registered to ride in the largest two-day organized cycling event in the state, and raised over $1,522,000 with funds still coming in.

“We cannot thank the teams and riders enough for making Bike MS so successful,” says Utah State Chapter President Annette Royle. “This year’s event raised the most money in our chapter’s history and brought us much closer to a world free of MS.”

While MS has been an active disease for centuries, it is only within the past twelve years that researchers have brought six different disease-modifying drugs to market. Thanks to the generous support of Bike MS participants, the National MS Society has a huge amount of momentum in making a significant impact in the lives of people affected by MS.

Bikers pedaled the 175-mile route through beautiful mountain scenery, visited twelve themed and fully stocked rest stops along the route, camped with thousands of their friends and team members at the Cache County Fairgrounds, won fabulous prizes like specialized mountain and road bikes through a raffle, and ate great food over the course of the weekend. Over 350 volunteers donated their time to make the event happen.

Every mile ridden and every dollar raised brings the world closer to a cure for MS and helps provide essential local programs to those living with multiple sclerosis. Programs include classes for people newly diagnosed with MS, clinical exercise programs, employment symposia, scholarships for college, legal clinics, financial assistance for home modification, home visits to help navigate community resources, family social events and advocacy for legislative action.

As the title sponsor of Bike MS, Harmons was instrumental in helping to promote and raise money for Bike MS. In addition to bringing a bike team of 140 riders, Harmons held a golf tournament, sold bratwursts throughout June, placed checkout tags in all their stores to support the ride and appeared many times on local television to promote the ride. The National MS Society would also like to thank the following sponsors: Bingham Cyclery, Fidelity Investments, FedEx, Bonneville Media, The Arrow 103.5, Bad Ass Coffee, Specialized Bicycle, Pearl Izumi Outlet, Orbit Irrigation, and Café Sabor.

About Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple Sclerosis interrupts the flow of information from the brain to the body and stops people from moving. Every hour in the United States, someone is newly diagnosed with MS, an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system. Symptoms range from numbness and tingling to blindness and paralysis. The progress, severity and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot yet be predicated, but advances in research and treatment are moving us closer to a world free of MS. Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50, with more than twice as many women as men contracting the disease. MS affects more than 400,000 people in the U.S., and 2.5 million worldwide.

MS and Utah

MS is attributed to a combination of environmental and genetic factors, occurring more frequently among people of northern European ancestry, and in higher latitudes north of the equator. Utah is located in a temperate latitude north of the equator with many Utahans being of Northern European heritage, resulting in one of the highest incidence rates of MS in the nation.

About the National Multiple Sclerosis Society Utah State Chapter

MS stops people from moving. The National MS Society exists to make sure it doesn’t. We do this through our home office and 50-state network of chapters by funding more MS research, providing more services to people with MS, offering more professional education and furthering more advocacy efforts than any other MS organization in the world. The Society is dedicated to achieving a world free of MS. We are people who want to do something about MS, now. Join the movement at nationalMSsociety.org.

Studies show that early and ongoing treatment with an FDA-approved therapy can reduce future disease activity and improve quality of life for people with Multiple Sclerosis. Talk to your health care professional and contact the National MS Society at www.nationalMSsociety.org or 1-800-344-4867 to learn about ways to help people with multiple sclerosis and about current research that one day reveal a cure. Information may also be obtained on the chapter Web site at www.curemsutah.org.