Beat feet for a good cause during the 2016 Big Bear MS Walk rescheduled to Saturday, May 7 along North Shore’s Alpine Pedal Path.
Join dozens of teams and hundreds of walkers for a morning walk along the lake followed by terrific party. Since the first multiple sclerosis walk in 2005, the Big Bear event has generated hundreds of thousands of dollars to assist MS sufferers, including those living in Big Bear Valley. MS stops people from moving and you can help make sure it doesn’t.
The walk starts and ends at North Shore Elementary and continues up the paved Alpine Pedal Path. Choose from a 1K walk or 5K walk, roll, stroll or run option. The lake is just feet from participants, and views of the ski resorts and snow-covered peaks of the San Gorgonio Wilderness in the distance are stunning. Along the way there’s rest stops with snacks and drinks. Alpine Pedal Path is a great early-season walk anyway and is popular with hikers, bikers, skaters and strollers.
Registration opens at 8:30 a.m. Opening ceremonies get underway at 10 a.m. with Big Bear Marine Corps Color Guard leading the way. There’s tons of activities to enjoy including information and vendor booths, music, and kids fun zone with bounce house. The food court features grub from participating restaurants. The walk follows at 10:30.
The finish line festival features food, music, facepainting, team booths and sponsor giveaways. MS Walk’s raffle always has lots of great prizes, like merchandise, gift certificates to local restaurants, overnight getaways in Big Bear and other destinations, and more. Those who raise $100 or more in donations get a MS Walk T-shirt. Higher prize levels feature exercise mats, backpacks and more. There’s prizes for Best Dressed and Most Spirited teams plus Inspirational walker.
MS is a chronic, often disabling disease that attacks the central nervous system, with symptoms that differ from person to person. Although the progress and severity of MS cannot yet be predicted, recent advances in research and treatment give much hope to those affected by the disease. The Southern California Chapter of the National MS society depends on community support to fund local programs and accelerate national research projects to identify the cause and cure of MS.
Call (909) 949-1363 ext. 66503 or register online at www.walkMS.org