Posted at: 06/05/2013 9:36 AM
Updated at: 06/05/2013 7:26 PM
By: Brittany Falkers
This weekend hundreds of cyclists from the Northland and across the country will be in Duluth to kick of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society (NMSS) Bike MS: C.H. Robinson MS 150 Ride.
The MS 150 a big effort to fight multiple sclerosis (MS) and support those living with it. Regina Lyalls came all the way from North Carolina for the ride. While this is her first time riding in Duluth, she's been riding with Bike MS for about three years and these events hold a special place in her heart.
"Bike MS for me became very personal very quickly and it gave me the opportunity to communicate how important it is to be part of and support the MS community," Lyalls said.
A dedicated mother and professional, Lyalls is an inspiration to many in the MS community. It was two years ago she was getting ready for to ride in her first Bike MS event.
"I was so excited, the day I received my riding number in the mail. You get your registration and feel all professional," she said.
It was on that day that Lyalls learned she has MS. "Well I had a visit with my neurologist and found out I was one of the 400,000 people who have MS," she said. "So, Bike MS for me became very personal very quickly and it gave me the opportunity to communicate how important it is to be part of and support the MS community."
Lyalls says she's determined not let her disease take her away from what she loves. And getting active and raising awareness about MS is one of those things.
"It doesn't matter if you run one mile or 150 miles. What matters is that you come out and ride for support," Lyalls said.
Lyalls is part of team No Opportunity Wasted (NOW) and Novartis for MS professional women's cycling team. She and two other members will ride to support the "Together in MS" campaign.
Since 2011, the "Together in MS" tandem cycling teams have ridden about 1,000 miles at 15 NMSS Bike MS events across the country.
Riders will take off from proctor Saturday for the C.H. Robinson MS 150 and they'll end in the Twin Cities Sunday. For more information on the MS Bike 105 CLICK HERE.