Great Lakes Mid-Michigan Breakaway raises 200K for multiple sclerosis

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LANSING, MI (WILX) -- This weekend, nearly 200 cyclists strapped on their helmets for a two-day bike ride.

Routes vary from 30 to 50 to 75 and even 100 miles each day.

The cyclists ride together to raise money for programs, services, and research for those battling multiple sclerosis.

This weekend organizers hope to raise $200,000 in this race alone.

"The National MS Society and the Bike MS happens to be the largest cycling series in the world," said Steve Niewmann, the bike director. "We are doing 72 rides this year and we are hoping to raise $67 million for the programs, services and research that will one day find a cure for MS."

Bike staff say they are taking precautions in this weekends race to make sure the riders stay safe in the rain and heat.

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