The 2017 campaign of the Bike MS: Deception Pass Classic is in the books! For the third year in a row, GLY fielded an enthusiastic team to take on the two-day challenge that benefits the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Returning from a successful 2016 campaign, in which the GLY & Company team received the Greater Northwest MS Society’s award for BEST TEAM RECRUITMENT, everyone was excited and ready for another go. This year, riders from Coughlin Porter Lundeen, McKinstry, Valley Electric, Graphite Design Group, and Northwest Construction joined GLY for a total showing of 31 participants.
All proceeds from Bike MS help fund research and treatment for Multiple Sclerosis [MS]. This debilitating disease affects the central nervous system [CNS] and interrupts the flow of info within the brain and to the body. It’s the most common autoimmune disorder affecting the CNS yet there’s no known cure, medications can have side effects and be poorly tolerated, it’s difficult to diagnose, and long-term outcome is hard to predict.
Each rider participated in the event for his or her own reasons—whether closely connected to someone affected by MS, or simply wanting to spend a weekend riding through beautiful scenery and eating all the free power bars available. Whatever the reason, by the end of the weekend every participant felt part of something bigger.
Day 1 took cyclists from Mount Vernon through Anacortes, over Deception Pass Bridge, around Whidbey and back, with options for routes of 22, 59, 80, and 100 miles. Day 2 ventured north from Mount Vernon up around Lake Samish, and back south along Chuckanut Drive, with routes of 26, 56, and 72 miles.
Despite driving rain and unusually cold temperatures, it was impossible to not be warmed to the bone by the many volunteers who cheered from the side of the road and profusely thanked riders for their participation. The spirit of camaraderie by the end of the two days leaves participants describing the experience as much more than just a bike ride. It was an unforgettable weekend of community, inspiration, determination, and support.
This year, through the generosity of GLY, our partner firms, the participants, and all those who donated to each individual rider, the team raised $24,425! Thank you to those who rode, raised money, and brought their smiles out on the route. You make this event one to remember—and to look forward to next year.
“No one can fully describe what it’s like to Bike MS—it’s something you must experience for yourself.”
| National Multiple Sclerosis Society