Team Captains Corner
The July Happy Hours and August Rider Expo are great opportunities to gather your team together, help us talk up the Ride and answer cyclists' questions, and maybe even recruit a few new team members! See below for more information about these events.
Which Team Award will you set your sights on this year? Raise at least $5,000 to qualify for a Team Achievement Award. Teams with 60% of members reaching VIP status will receive the Team VIP Award. All teams receiving an award will receive an invite to the Awards Ceremony on December 5. Utilize the fundraising incentives and resources below to help members set goals, reach higher fundraising levels and help the team achieve these milestones.
- Remind members of the team goal and the Team Awards you are striving to achieve, and provide them an update on achieving these goals.
- Remind those who have not yet started fundraising of the tools available.
- Encourage those who have not set an individual goal to do so.
- Encourage those nearing a milestone to bump up to the next level (like those on the cusp of the upcoming August 1 long sleeve deadline and/or VIP status! See details below.)
Plus, reference the Team Making Strides article below for ways to get your team members involved in your fundraising.
Qualify for your 2017 Long-Sleeve T-Shirt & Other Great Prizes!
Reach $500 by August 1 and receive a commemorative long sleeve T-shirt in the mail prior to the Ride. The long-sleeve T-shirt is one of our most coveted items, and it’s the perfect thing to wear on the award-winning Ocean City boardwalk after the Ride. Don’t miss your chance to earn one today! Cyclists who raise at least $650 by October 31 to receive a commemorative hooded sweatshirt and other great (new) prizes post event.
Plus reach $1,000 to become a VIP, receive the coveted VIP jersey and earn other great perks – see details below!
All cyclists have the opportunity to receive a commemorative medal and short sleeved T-shirt at the Saturday Ocean City finish line.
VIP Jersey Debut & Club Perks
Don’t miss your chance to become part of the VIP Club and receive the 2017 commemorative jersey, plus other great perks and prizes. Reach $1,000 by August 21 and pick-up your jersey at the Rider Expo.
In addition to the jersey, VIPs will also receive Ride weekend perks including: exclusive check-in area at each start location, a special VIP meal with seating at Saturday's finish line, a gift courtesy of VIP Club Sponsor, Janney Montgomery Scott, LLC and more!*
PLUS post-event perks such as the opportunity to receive prizes, a plaque and an Award Dinner invite post event. Plus, you'll receive a reserved gold rider number and the opportunity to qualify for the Top 250 Club in 2018. Congrats to our 2016 members! See below.
Want to update your fundraising goal? Contact us today!
*Bike MS must have received your $1,000 by ride morning to qualify
Rider Expo, presented by XFINITY Live! – Monday, August 21
Veteran and rookie participants alike – you don’t want to miss this. Bike MS: City to Shore will once again have EXCLUSIVE access to XFINITY Live! for the 2017 Rider Expo on August 21.
Mingle with fellow cyclists and staff, receive all you need to know about the Ride - while also exploring all that XFINITY Live! has to offer. Light snacks and a cash bar will once again be offered. Plus, it's your first opportunity to pick up your rider number and VIP jersey.*
Learn more about all the Rider Expo has to offer, and RSVP by August 19.
Visit our website for more information and details.
*Valid only for those who qualify. We must have received your donations by this date.
Fundraising Highlight: 'Making Strides' Against MS
Raising money to help create a world free of MS is a team- and community-wide initiative for Team Making Strides. Having raised over $50,000 in their history as a team, they work together every step of the way!
The team’s most successful fundraising event, resulting in nearly $5,000 annually is their multi-family yard sale. This event provides members of their community to do some spring cleaning for a good cause! The team begins collecting items about 3 months in advance, and asks every one of their members to reach out to family and friends for items to donate to the sale. Through word of mouth and advertising through flyers and local newspapers, they filled up nearly four trucks with donated items. Other keys to their success:
- Get a large enough location to donate of give a discount on the space
- Host a 50/50 or other type of event to collect additional funds
- Allow buyers to make a direct online donation to the team in exchange for their purchases
- Take leftover items to a local auction house
As another way to raise money, team captain Colleen suggests seeing if any of your team members live in a town that will donate money to non-profit organizations in exchange for cleaning up their streets. Colleen says, “A few short hours of walking and picking up the streets -- not only is it an easy way to earn bucks, but you're giving back to the community at the same time.”
How does your team raise money? Share with us on social media.
How Your Fundraising Helps
The dollars you raise support research breakthroughs that change the world for people living with MS. Groundbreaking research, supported by the National MS Society, finds that gut bacteria may play a role in MS. Certain bacteria can encourage or suppress inflammation, according to some leading investigators. Gut bacteria may also influence whether pro- or anti-inflammatory types of immune cells circulate in the human bloodstream.
Sergio Baranzini, PhD, professor at the University of California at San Francisco School of Medicine, and Dr. Lloyd Kasper, professor at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, discuss their research findings in a recent issue of Momentum magazine.
"These results suggest that the microbiome has both the capacity to drive disease and to regulate disease," states Dr. Kasper. Learn more >
2017 Deadlines & Reminders
Make sure you are in the know about housing, money
turn-in deadlines, Bike MS event and more. Click here for a full list
of 2017 important dates and deadlines.
- Request FREE promotional
- July 22: 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Connect with fellow cyclists at the Conshohocken Brewing Company (along the Schuylkill River Trail)
- July 29: 11a.m.-2p.m. Connect with fellow cyclists at the Cape May Brewing Company
- August 1: Early Money
Turn-In/Long Sleeve T-Shirt Deadline *** Note: the amount
to receive a Long-Sleeve has increased to $500 this year. Contact us to
update your goal today!
20-September 22: Bike Inspections
- August 21: City to Shore Rider Expo,
presented by XFINITY Live! RSVP today.
- August 31: Rider Number Mailing
September 23 & 24: Bike MS: City to Shore 2017!
1. SCREENS N SPOKES, $43,925
2. UPHS/PENN, $33,723
3. Jersey's Team, $21,107
4. Not Rocket Science, $20,285
5. Team Ox, $15,578
1. Ian Harris, $30,000
2. Dominique Calabrese, $16,430
3. Garry Scheib, $14,500
4. Jack Beiter, $13,440
5. Joseph Grabowski, $11,000
1. UPHS/PENN, 242
2. Team Ox, 86
3. Team Comcast, 73
4. Jersey's Team, 67
5. Team NFI, 64
Click here to see the Top Teams & Top 250 VIP Club members.