Registration open for 2020 Race to Nowhere
Registration open for Race to Nowhere benefitting the MS Achievement Center
The 22nd annual Race to Nowhere might fall on leap day this year, but that's no excuse to skip Kansas City's original stationary bike race to benefit the Multiple Sclerosis Achievement Center at the University of Kansas Medical Center.
The Feb. 29 event will be at Kirmayer Fitness Center, 3901 Rainbow Boulevard, on the KU Medical Center campus in Kansas City, from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Race to Nowhere is open to riders of all skill and experience levels. All proceeds from the event support the MS Achievement Center, which provides weekly physical and occupational therapy, cognitive stimulation activities and emotional wellness programming designed to enhance the quality of life for people with progressing MS.
During the Race to Nowhere, participants pedal stationary bikes as fast as they can for 30 minutes and mileage is calculated for each team and individual. Prizes will be awarded to the fastest racers in each age group, teams with the best average distance and those who raise the most funds.
Standard registration is $40. MS Achievement Center members and students ages kindergarten through college may register for $25. Registrants will receive a t-shirt and a gift bag. To register, visit the event website, call 913-588-8668 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
"MS changes lives because of the disability it brings. It's an isolating disease that can steal a person's independence and make even everyday activities challenging," said Judy Markwardt-Oberheu, MS Achievement Center executive director. "By participating in the Race to Nowhere, you're bringing strength to people with MS right here, right now. You are making it possible for individuals with progressed MS to reconnect with their community, build their strength and independence, and develop confidence to tackle the challenges of MS head on."
This year's total fund-raising goal for the event is $81,300.
The MS Achievement Center is part of KU Medical Center's Department of Neurology. Formerly the Mid America MS Achievement Center, the program was launched in 1995 by Sharon Lynch, M.D., a Neurology professor at KU Medical Center and its purpose is to support and advocate for people with progressed MS.
"Rally your family and friends to join us for this year's Race to Nowhere so we can keep offering the MSAC programs to those who need it the most," Markwardt-Oberheu said.