The BP MS 150 bike ride organized by the National Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society is the largest event of its kind. It attracts approximately 13,000 cyclists, 3,500 volunteers and countless spectators.
Typically, the race begins in Houston and ends in Austin. Unfortunately, severe thunderstorms rolled through Texas during this year’s race weekend (April 16-17, 2016), forcing cancellation of Day 2 and moving the finish line to LaGrange, TX.
Despite the weather, the Dresser-Rand business team departed from the shopping mall in Katy Mills, TX, in suburban Houston and set off on their 72-mile journey on Day 1 at 6:30 a.m. Approximately six hours later, all 13 Dresser-Rand business cyclists successfully crossed the finish line. Here, team captain Chris Petrillo and Donna Council and her family, plus other volunteers, set up a celebration area so that friends and family could welcome the riders. Five Dresser-Rand business employees, plus several relatives of team cyclists volunteered to support riders by providing food and drinks. Volunteers were also on call if transportation was required.
The Dresser-Rand business team set a goal to raise $5,200 this year. Instead, they raised $8,924. ▪