Bike MS Pedal to the Point is six months away! Fundraising is going well for people and team members are buying new bicycle’s (Yay Sarah)!

We all know who we’re riding for, Mrs. Holly Fiest and I’ll have a post more about her later but we all probably know additional people with MS or know people who have relatives with MS.

I myself know three additional people with MS; my brother-in-law’s brother, my coworker’s sister and an acquaintance from Kent, her father has MS. It’s definitely more common than most of think.

Wonder Where the funds go?

  • The Society has committed $40 million to support 325 new or ongoing projects in our discovery research portfolio
  • The Society’s scholarship program awarded over $1 million to 639 scholars. Scholarships were awarded to students living in families with MS or to students who have MS themselves.
  • Locally, the Ohio Buckeye Chapter served over 11,000 people living with MS.
  •  The Ohio Buckeye Chapter provided direct financial assistance to 525 individuals, medical equipment loans to 218 individuals, home modification assistance to 30 individuals, home cooling and personal cooling devices to 83 individuals.
  • 78 percent of funds raised go to programs and education and 22 percent goes to administration and fundraising.

We’re all in this together – we’re a community coming together for a common goal and the accomplishment of a unique personal challenge, as a team and as individuals along with the other 5,000+ participants.





Jeff, Holly’s oldest son took the initiative and created Team Fiesty for Bike MS Pedal to the Point. Here are event details.

Dates: Sat.-Sun. August 4-5, 20120

Five route options:

  • 30 miles – Saturday only
  • 75 miles – Saturday only
  • 100 miles – Saturday only
  • 150 miles – Saturday-Sunday
  • 175 miles – Saturday-Sunday

The longest route, 175 miles, includes an extra 25 miles known as the Kent Clapp Extra Lap. From what I heard from the Humble brothers, the Kent Clapp Extra Lap is uphill, uphill, uphill and more uphill. I’m sure it doesn’t compare to County Road 6 from the Pan Ohio Hope Ride. If I can tackle County Rd. 6 on a blazing hot day at the end of July, you can do the Kent Clapp Lap. Think of how awesome you’ll feel after cycling 100 miles.

Start/Finish: Brunswick High School 3581 Center Rd, Brunswick, Ohio 44212

Registration fees: 

  • Through Jan. 31: $20
  • Feb. 1 – April 30: $45
  • May 1 – June 15: $60
  • June 16 – July 31: $75

Minimum fundraising: $250

Both myself and Jeff have joined Team Fiesty. If you’re a NEW rider to Bike MS, use the promo code NEWRIDER2012 and registration is free (I’m pretty sure).

Once we have a solid team, we can work out carpooling and those fun details.

Welcome to Team Fiesty Fights MS!

Team Fiesty was born this summer after my boyfriend’s family found out their mom was diagnosed with MS. Andy and his brothers have participated in the Ohio Buckeye chapter National MS Society’s Bike MS a couple of years but this past summer, Andy, his oldest brother Jeff and myself cycled in the Pan Ohio Hope Ride, a 328 mile, 4 day cycling event from Cleveland to Cincinnati. I had never participated in anything like that before and a couple of half marathon’s were the only endurance events I participated in. I got a hybrid bicycle for my birthday in February and wasn’t quite sure what I was in for.

I’ll recap the POHR 2011 in a later post but wanted to mention it because after cycling for four days straight, I know I can do Bike MS Pedal to the Point and even do the extra 25 miles on day 1.

Here’s photo of me, Andy and Jeff from POHR.

We can now register teams so if you want to be part of Team Fiesty, please let me know by Sunday, Feb. 19. Also, we want to find a sponsor, so if there are suggestions, please leave in comments or send an email to

Happy reading and I’ll update soon!