The BP MS 150 is a two-day fundraising bike ride organized by the National MS Society. The ride is the largest event of its kind in North America with 13,000 cyclists, 3,500 volunteers and countless spectators along the route and at the finish line in Austin. Last year’s BP MS 150 raised $20.3 million dollars, and in 2016, they are hoping to break that.
Individuals, as well as many public and private companies form teams to raise funds and cycle. For example, a couple of Vidsys’ clients and partners, ExxonMobil and HPE, had teams who participated this year (see the full list here.) This year, I signed up as an individual racing on behalf of Vidsys to show our support.
People who ride in Bike MS may do so to support family members, friends, or coworkers who have been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. But, there are also legions of participants who live—and ride—with the disease, despite challenges such as fatigue or weakness. The “I Ride with MS” program hosts Bike MS events like this one across the country, with the goal of raising financial support through donations as well as awareness about the disease.
This year, the second day was cancelled due to the severe weather that hit the Houston area, but we still managed to make the most out of the first day, finishing 90 miles of the 150 planned. Overall it was an awesome experience to enjoy the great outdoors and support those battling MS.
Thank you to everyone from the Vidsys team and beyond who supported our ride over the weekend. If you are interested in getting involved or donating, visit the BP MS 150 website here to learn more.
Tony Vazquez brings over 15 years of technical and customer engagement experience to his Vidsys role of VP Product Development & Integration. He manages key technology partner relationships and oversees all development and integration activities for Vidsys.