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OCEAN CITY, N.J. --- Over 7,000 bikers will roll

into Ocean City this weekend (Sept. 27-28) to support research and services for people with Multiple Sclerosis. This is the largest turnout in the history of the event that was started 28 years ago following a meeting of organizers in Ocean City.

For the first time registrations had to be cut off before the ride to ensure that all bikers would be properly accommodated. This week’s gigantic tour is expected to raise $4.5 million for the organization that makes life easier for 11,000 people with Multiple Sclerosis and their families in 18 counties in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

The event was first organized by former TV anchor and author, Larry Kane, whose mother died from the disease. Kane met with City officials at the Plymouth Inn to work out details for the tour. Just 30 bikers, including Kane, participated in the first ride.

Bikers will arrive at the Sports and Civic Center, 6th St. off Boardwalk, at approximately noon on Sat., Sept. 27. Here they will receive refreshments, rub downs and there will be entertainment.

Cyclists can choose from five different routes and will begin the tour at several starting points in New Jersey. Following an overnight stay in Ocean City, they will return to Cherry Hill on Sunday for a festive finish line celebration.

City to Shore attracts corporate teams, families, friends of people with MS and individuals who wish to join in the anti-MS movement. Each cyclist must collect at least $250 in pledges to participate in the tour, with many raising thousands of dollars and more. In return cyclists receive amenities such as bike mechanics, emergency transportation, catered rest stops every 15 miles, luggage delivery and much more.

City to Shore has been named as the “Best Cycling Getaway in New Jersey” by Bicycling Magazine. “Riders enjoy the flat terrain of Southern New Jersey as they travel by blueberry fields, the region’s pine barrens and into the sweet smells of salt water taffy and ocean air in historic Ocean City.”

Despite hitting the rider maximum, City to Shore still needs help to raise the money necessary to provide essential services for those living with MS. To get involved, visit mscyling.org and click on the volunteer link or call 1-800-FIGHT-MS.

For photos access www.BikeMS.org.