A group of 25 Colorado REALTORS completed the MS 150 bike race in honor of Rickey Cooper, a 13-year-old football player who was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis last year.
“His spirit is so strong that it rubs off on those around him,” says Rickey’s mom, Nicky Hungerford. The REALTORS for Rickey team agreed, creating football-jersey-inspired t-shirts for the race in honor of the athlete.
“Football is a huge passion for all of us,” says Hungerford, “and in a way, the jerseys brought it back.”
The REALTORS team of MS 150 has been competing each June since 2007. The Colorado branch of the 150-mile race travels a course from Westminster to Ft. Collins and back and attracts 2,000 participants each year.
“The team shows the commitment REALTORS have to their community,” says team leader, Katie Harkin.
Harkin started racing in honor of fellow REALTOR “Jimmy D the original Ninja,” whose cycling career was taken from him when he was diagnosed with MS.
“Bike MS is a physical challenge for cyclists of every level, but it’s so much more than just a ride. The camaraderie, passion, and memories that come from sharing this experience with our team will stay with us for a lifetime,” says Duggan.
The race raised $3 million this year to go towards battling the fight against MS. Visit bikecoc.nationalmssociety.org to register for next year’s race!
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