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In his search for charities to support, Allen Oskoui couldn’t have found a better fit than the National MS Society or a better event than Bike MS.

The Oskoui family business, Columbia Athletic Club, caters to a lot of cyclists and triathletes. And the local event presented an opportunity to get members and employees involved in a social and health-promoting activity for a good cause.

But more importantly, the Oskoui family, like so many others in the Pacific Northwest, has a personal connection to MS. Allen’s mother, Feryal, was diagnosed six years ago in her 50’s.

For Allen and other family members, the news brought feelings of sadness, anger and powerlessness.

“This Bike Tour was an opportunity to do something,” says Allen, captain of the Columbia Athletic Club team and the company’s vice president of operations. “We could help raise dollars to find a cure and support individuals suffering from the disease.”

Last year, the 50-member team raised $45,000. The company contributed another $17,500 to become a top sponsor.

2007 Columbia Athletic Team

Allen Oskoui (kneeling behind the first row) and some of his Columbia
Athletic Club team members at last year's Ride.

 For this year’s event, Columbia Athletic Club increased its support to become a title sponsor in the “Columbia Athletic Club Century Club”, a new group of top fundraisers.

As for the team, Allen hopes to double its riders to 100. Last year’s crew included several Columbia Athletic Club members who significantly improved their fitness training for the event. Many more made new friends and rediscovered the childhood joy of being on a bike, Allen says.

“It’s a perfect fit for our business,” he adds. “I love the support and camaraderie among the cyclists, captains and volunteers. It’s just a very fun dynamic.”

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Get rolling today for the Bike MS Ride!

2008 Bike MS RideNeed a summer fitness goal? How about one that lets you help others while you help yourself? Set your sights on the 2008 Group Health Bike MS Ride, presented by Point B Solutions Group, on September 13 and 14.

Notice our new name. We also have a new starting/ending place - the Skagit County Fairgrounds in Mount Vernon - as well as an ambitious new goal: raising $1.63 million to support programs for people with MS and their families along with research into new treatments and a cure.

With your help, we’ll get there!

While some things are new, other things will stay the same. You’ll still cruise along scenic courses in an unforgettable two-day ride through Skagit, Whatcom and Island counties.

You’ll still enjoy tons of amenities, including full meals, stocked rest stops and spirited festivities.
And you’ll still have the satisfaction of knowing that you’re making a difference in the lives of more than 8,500 people in Western and Central Washington who are living with MS. Sign up today!

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