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MS Achievement Center’s Race to Nowhere attracts record number of riders

Recap of 2019 Race to Nowhere benefitting KU MS Achievement Center

The 2019 Race to Nowhere benefitting the KU MS Achievement Center drew a record 204 riders.
The 2019 Race to Nowhere benefitting the KU MS Achievement Center drew a record 204 riders.

A record number of riders contributed to the success of the 21st annual Race to Nowhere at the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City.

The benefit, which drew 204 racers of all ages and experience levels to the Kirmayer Fitness Center, raised more than $70,000 for the KU MS Achievement Center and its programs for people living with progressed MS.

Prizes were awarded to the first- and second-place male and female finishers in each age group, teams with the best average times and top fund-raisers.

"The energy at this year's race was amazing. Having so many people come together in support of our members was extraordinary," said Judy Markwardt-Oberheu, executive director of the MS Achievement Center. "We are so grateful to the riders, volunteers and cheering teams that were there giving it their all. They make this program possible. Their commitment to supporting the members of the MS Achievement Center is critical."

One of only six similar programs in the nation, the MS Achievement Center provides weekly physical and occupational therapy, cognitive stimulation activities and emotional wellness programming designed to enhance the quality of life for people with progressed MS.

Race to Nowhere participants ride stationary bikes as fast as they can for 30 minutes then mileage is calculated for every team and individual. Because this year's interest in the event was so strong, in 2020, organizers plan to expand the number of time slots available to riders.

"So many people told me what a great experience this was and how they plan to be back next year with a bigger team and even more fundraising," Markwardt-Oberheu said. "Our supporters are the best!"

Held the last Saturday in February each year, the Race to Nowhere is one of two major fund-raising efforts for the center, which also hosts an evening benefit, Eat, Bid, Laugh, in the fall. Visit the MS Achievement Center at for more information.

KU School of Medicine

University of Kansas Medical Center
Department of Neurology
Mailstop 2012
3901 Rainbow Blvd.
Kansas City, KS 66160
Phone: 913-588-6970
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