The 32nd annual BP MS 150 fundraising ride is set for April 16-17, 2016 and aims to raise $20 million to fund cutting-edge research and support programs and services benefiting thousands of families impacted by multiple sclerosis. The Houston to Austin Bike Ride is the largest fundraising event of its kind in North America with 13,000 cyclists, 3,500 volunteers and countless spectators along the route and at the finish line in Austin. For the 16th consecutive year, BP will serve as title sponsor of the event and has renewed its sponsorship commitment for an additional three years, agreeing to serve as title sponsor of the ride through 2018.
Registration is available at bpms150.net. The 2016 registration fee is $130, and a minimum pledge of $400 is required for participation. Individuals, families and groups are also encouraged to volunteer for the more than 3,000 positions in Houston, Austin and along the route. Log on to www.bpms150.net to register, volunteer or make an online donation.
The ride will begin in Houston on Saturday, April 16 and finish in downtown Austin in front of the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum near the State Capitol on Sunday, April 17 (1800 Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78701), following an overnight celebration at the Fayette County Fairgrounds and Camp St. Mark’s overnight locations in La Grange. Cyclists have the option to start at one of three starting points on Saturday: Tully Stadium (1050 North Dairy Ashford Road, Houston, Texas 77079), Rhodes Stadium(1733 Katy Ford Bend Road, Katy, Texas 77493), and Waller Stadium (20735 Fields Store Road, Waller, Texas 77484). On day two, riders will have two route options from the Fayette County Fairground as they make their way to Austin.
- Date: April 17-18, 2016
- Time: 6:45 AM
- Venue: Bullock Texas State History Museum
- Cost: $130, and a minimum pledge of $400 is required for participation
- Phone: 713-394-2900
- Name: BP & National MS Society
The BP MS 150 is regarded by cyclists as a premier ride in the state, with experienced management, well-coordinated routes and special attention to rider safety and comfort.
Multiple sclerosis, an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system, interrupts the flow of information within the brain, and between the brain and body. 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 predicted, 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 at least two to three times more women than men being diagnosed with the disease. MS affects more than 2.3 million worldwide.
The Society mobilizes people and resources so that everyone affected by MS can live their best lives as we stop MS in its tracks, restore what has been lost and end MS forever. To fulfill this mission, the Society funds cutting-edge research, drives change through advocacy, facilitates professional education, collaborates with MS organizations around the world, and provides programs and services designed to help people with MS and their families move their lives forward. In 2014 alone, through our comprehensive nationwide network of programs and services, the Society devoted $122.2 million to connect more than one million individuals to the people, information and resources they needed. To move closer to a world free of MS, the Society also invested $50.2 million to support more than 380 new and ongoing research projects around the world. The Society is dedicated to achieving a world free of MS. Learn more at: www.nationalMSsociety.org.
Over the past 10 years, BP has invested more than $90 billion in the U.S. – more than any other energy company. BP is a leading producer of oil and gas and produces enough energy annually to light nearly the entire country for a year. Employing about 16,000 people across the country, BP supports more than 170,000 additional jobs through all of its business activities. For more information, go to www.bp.com/us.
- Address: 1800 Congress Ave.
- City: Austin
- State: TX
- Zip: 78701