This July, roughly 250 men and women from around the country will cycle through Mansfield on the tenth annual Tri-State Trek. Starting from just outside Boston, MA, on Friday, July 20th, cyclists will ride 270 miles to finish the three-day ride on Sunday, July 22nd, on the shore of the Long Island Sound in Greenwich, CT.
Raising money and awareness for research into an effective treatment for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease), cyclists will roll through Mansfield on Friday, July 20th. The riders are expected between 1:30pm-2:30pm. Cycling along Gurleyville Rd and stopping for the night at the University of Connecticut in Mansfield, CT, residents are invited to come out and show their support by cheering on the riders as they come through town. More Cowbell, the Trek’s call to arms since 2006, is a message to let people know that they don’t need to ride a bike to be a part of the effort, and organizers encourage everyone to cheer on the riders.
The Tri-State Trek is produced by the ALS Therapy Development Institute (ALS TDI). Funds raised through the event support the research being done at the Institute, based in Cambridge, MA. Built by and for patients worldwide, ALS TDI employs 30, full-time scientists, most of which have ten or more years of experience developing drugs for ALS and similar neurodegenerative diseases.
“This bike ride is about raising money and bringing attention to the work being done to find effective treatments for those living with the disease today,” says Dr. Steve Perrin, CEO and Chief Scientific Officer at ALS TDI. “All of the riders, crew, and spectators that participate in the Trek play a role in accelerating the pace of research in our labs. At the same time, they remind those affected by this disease that they are not alone in their fight to end ALS.”
The tenth annual Tri-State Trek will take place this July 20th-22nd. For information on riding, volunteering, or to learn where you can cheer along the route visit the Trek online at www.NeedMoreCowbell.org.