MS TRAM to make stop in Park Rapids
Bike MS: TRAM cyclists will once again stop in Park Rapids during their scenic northern Minnesota tour to raise money for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
The tour last came through Park Rapids in 2007, said Park Rapids Lakes Area Chamber director Katie Magozzi. Local businesses and restaurants are asked to be ready for an influx of customers Tuesday, July 24. That is the day TRAM riders will be in Park Rapids.
The fully supported, week-long ride covers approximately 250 miles through northwestern and central Minnesota. Overnight sites include Bemidji, Walker, Park Rapids, Wadena and Fergus Falls. The ride will finish in Alexandria.
Money raised by the Bike MS: TRAM is used to support research to find the cause of and cure for MS and support programs that enhance the quality of life for people who have Multiple Sclerosis and their families.
The event has grown since the first year in 1990. The first year, MS TRAM attracted 800 bicyclists who raised $180,000. In 2011, about 800 cyclists raised nearly $850,000.
Cyclists will be leaving Walker early Tuesday, July 24 so they will have most of the day to spend time in the Park Rapids area, Magozzi said. Heartland Park will be the camp site for the majority of riders.
"We'll have shuttle buses all day and evening to restaurants, downtown Park Rapids, showers at the school and more," Magozzi said.
The event is expected to draw about 1,000 participants and a few hundred volunteers, friends and family members during the six-day tour from July 22-27.
Local volunteers are needed to make the Park Rapids stop a success. Committees are being organized to help organize the campground, medical services, sanitation, shuttle bus, luggage and bike field, food and beverage and more.
For more information about volunteering contact Katie or Emma at the Park Rapids Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce, 732-4111.