The 2006 COX MS 150 Atlanta Challenge is endorsed by ardent cyclists and novices alike for offering a two-day fundraising ride through areas steeped in history and beauty. The COX MS 150 Atlanta Challenge is Georgia’s largest MS 150 and is poised to have more than 1,200 riders and raise more than three quarters of a million dollars to benefit the National Multiple Sclerosis Society in 2006.
Proceeds from the tour will help support various programs that aid the 8,500 Georgians with MS and their families in all 159 counties of Georgia. The COX MS 150 Atlanta Challenge joins thousands of cyclists nationwide in raising $60 million in an effort to fund research and local client programs.
This year marks the 20th anniversary of the MS 150 ride in Georgia. With your participation, we expect to make this anniversary year the best one yet! To meet this challenge we have introduced a new location and route. The 2006 COX MS 150 Atlanta Challenge for the first time ever will incorporate a figure 8 route. This will allow us to have our Start, Finish and Overnight Celebration all headquartered at our new host location, the breathtaking Callaway Gardens, a stunning 13,000 acre gardened resort. This new set-up will not only provide a route of phenomenal beauty and challenge, but it will also make planning for the ride much more streamline. Our ride will continue to be structured around a secure and safe route frequent break points featuring nourishing snacks and hydration, and an unmatched support staff. With all of this, and the Georgia countryside providing the backdrop, the 2006 COX MS 150 Atlanta Challenge will maintain its status as the premier cycling event in the state!
The MS 150 began winding through the spectacular beauty of Georgia’s scenic routes in 1986. That very first ride raised $40,000 and set the grounds for what is now the Georgia Chapter’s largest annual fundraising event. In 2005, the COX MS 150 Atlanta Challenge set a new Georgia record by raising over $650,000!!!
The $650,000 raised in 2005 is a 44% increase over 2004. The ride also saw a 67% increase in the number of riders, which brought our total number of riders to nearly 1000!
Thanks to all of those who rode and to those who worked behind the scenes to help the Georgia Chapter of the National MS Society raise a total of $650,000!!!
Jill and I will be riding next week to raise money for this important cause under the Team Cutlet banner. Donations are accepted at anytime, but any raised for this ride will make Georgia and Team Cutlet look great. Thank you for your considerations and prayers as we ride 150 miles up some fairly steep mountains.