Robin Ferguson completed her 5th MS 150 ride from Hammond, LA to McComb,MS this year on team ATC. Her team raised over $20,000 and the entire event raised over $500,000 in the fight to make our world one free of MS. The volunteers and participants make the ride such an enjoyable experience and she looks forward to the event every year. Each year she has participated there has been something unique. One year, she was in a wedding when they arrived at Percy Quinn State Park, one year there was a lady who did the entire ride on an eliptibike and this year one of the members of her team did the race on a beautiful custom made wooden bike! (see photo below) Also, they added a new member to the team, Red's member Jeremy Simpson who completed his 1st MS 150.
"The MS 150 is an endurance event that mimics so many other journeys that we take in life. There is excitement at the beginning and it is fast paced and time flies. Then the real work begins at about mile 30 when you hit the hills and there are moments of doubt when you begin to entertain thoughts that you might not finish. There are rest stops, pot holes and crashes along the road. There are also people along the path who can help make your journey easier by providing a much needed drafting break or just someone to talk to along the way. There is also opportunity to pay it forward and help others on their path. With perserverance and hard work , there is great reward when you reach the park at the end of day 1. Then you rest and refuel and hope for the best the following morning to begin the return trip. Some people elect out of day 2 and catch a car ride back, while others get back on their bike inspired to push on to complete the 150 mile weekend.
The beginning of the completion of this journey is a tougher road as you start out in the hills and the doubts start to return on the successful completion of your goal. But again people come along to help you along the path. The excitement this day comes as you get closer to your goal and realize you really are going to finish it! The final 11 miles are painful but hopeful as you close in on the end. There is a great sense of accomplishment when you cross that finish line. But there is also the realization that the 8 hours you spent on the bike are nothing compared to the 24 hours of each and every day that people with MS have to face when they wake up." (through the eyes of Robin)
Red's would like to thank Robin and her team for such commitment and encouragement.