MS Tram ride looking for help from volunteers
Jamie Blood of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society is looking for local volunteers to help with the 2017 MS Tram, which cycles into Wadena July 20.
The Development and Logistics Manager is pointing those interested in volunteering at Volunteer Manager Lissa Martinez (612) 335-7984 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Some of the annual event's greatest needs are route markers, volunteers to man rest stops Thursday through Saturday, a luggage truck driver and intersection assistance along the route each day. The MS Society will pledge a donation to organizations that supply a few volunteers. Some past volunteer groups have been the Boy Scouts, local bicycle clubs, high school bands, church mission trips and high school rugby and lacrosse teams.
The Ride Across Minnesota (TRAM) will leave the Douglas County Fairground in Alexandria July 19. After spending the night in Long Prairie, the cyclists, who represent all skill levels, range in age from 17 to 85 and hail from all parts of the United States, are scheduled to make the 38-mile jaunt from Long Prairie to Wadena where they spend their second night on the trail. Sunnybrook Park has been put at the Tram rider's disposal. Early on Friday morning, the riders leave for Fergus Falls where they will camp two nights, taking a day trip out of Fergus Falls the first day and then heading back to Alexandria on the second day.
The goal of the five-day, 300-mile ride is to raise money to fight multiple sclerosis, a potentially disabling disease of the brain and spinal cord. MS can be dealt with successfully in some cases according to Blood.
"The real neat this is that we are having a push for wellness (a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being)," Blood said. "The drugs that are on the market are kind of slowing down the progression."