[IMAGE: Team N3kk1d Prepares for Pedaling at the West Michigan Bike Tour 2010]
Team N3kk1d has provided cyclists to the West Michigan Bike MS event (previously the MS 150 Bike Tour) since 2003. Our team has grown from a handful of riders to a double group of both cyclists and volunteers who are involved in one or both days of the event. 2004 saw our first year as a Bronze Level fundraising group; we have consistently met award-winning fundraising benchmarks each year since.
Our cyclist team consists of both experienced and beginner-level riders. Several route options enable us to accommodate many levels of riding ability. Two-day cyclists and volunteers spend the night on location at the tour and are able to socialize with both their fellow teammates and also other participants as well.
It would be difficult to debate that 2013 was one of the best bike tours ever for West Michigan Bike MS. Old and new friends, stunning scenery, perfect weather, and much more combined together into a perfect package! Team N3kk1d raised almost $5,000, but we're not done until multiple sclerosis is wiped out forever! We'll be back on June 7th and 8th, 2014; join us and be a part of the movement!
[IMAGE: Sloth is awarded his first 25K medal in 2010]
The Fifth Third River Bank Run is the largest 25K road race in the United States with more than 20,000 runners, walkers, and volunteers. As a charity partnership for the River Bank Run, Team N3kk1d and the National Multiple Sclerosis Society are dedicated to providing runners, walkers, and volunteers to the event to raise money for the fight against MS.
2013 was a great success for Team N3kk1d and b4r3 4rm5, resulting in more than $3,400 raised for the fight against multiple sclerosis. But the battle is not yet won! Join us for the 37th annual River Bank Run on May 10th, 2014 as a runner, walker, or volunteer! Check out our step-by-step registration instructions and make it count!
[IMAGE: Glitch from the Rubber Band approves of Stella's event promotions]
TRULY EPIC. That is the only way to describe the second annual ROCK MS event which took place on Sunday, April 28th 2013 at Stella's Lounge in downtown Grand Rapids! This year's Battle of the Bands ended in a spectacular single-song knock-out between Scottie Cocks and The Drunken Uncles. While the Uncles took top prize, everyone went home with swag and smiles as we rolled out FIFTY raffle items to an appreciative crowd. In the end, we raised more than one thousand dollars for the MS Society including 20% of all event food and drink purchases! None of it would have been possible without a monumental effort on the part of Godwin Plumbing, Stella's Lounge, and our incredible volunteers and supporters. A huge round of applause!
Team N3kk1d is truly humbled by the generosity of all of our event sponsors: Harmonix, Guitar Center, Meijer, The Intersection, DJ Kermit, On Stage Services, Celebration! Cinemas, The Sloth Underground Production Studio, Darlene Rittersdorf / BeautiControl, and Target.
[IMAGE: The c0ncr373 cru5h3r5 embody the spirit of youth!]
Team N3kk1d alumni, family, and friends have been participating in the Grand Rapids Walk MS event for years. Now, a younger generation takes to the stage: the c0ncr373 cru5h3r5! In 2013, team captain Heather assembled a group of friends from Mulick Park Elementary to raise more than FIVE HUNDRED DOLLARS for the fight against multiple sclerosis. The group hit the Aquinas College campus and pounded the pavement, walking three miles and then cheering for participants at the finish line. According to the Society, the finish was one of the most energetic and lively they had ever seen! Click on the link below to see photos of the kids in action!
Full of youthful vigor and a desire to wipe out MS? Perhaps you'll join us on Saturday, May 17th 2014 for Grand Rapids Walk MS!
[IMAGE: Our stalwart team at the 2011 Challenge Walk finish line!]
Door County, Wisconsin is not only known all over the nation for its scenic beauty, but it is also the location for Challenge Walk MS: a 50 mile fundraising event over a three-day weekend. Participants must raise a minimum of $1,500 in addition to putting on some serious road mileage on their shoes. The event is not for the light of heart, but it is also one of the most rewarding fundraising events available from the MS Society.
Team N3kk1d volunteer team captain Steph Ford and Team N3kk1d alumnus Sloth have walked and worked at the event since its inception in 2009. Beginning officially in 2011, the two of them now participate as members of Team LaDorkas. This cadre of spunky women hail from all over the United States and we are honored to partner with them for Challenge Walk MS.
2013 brought us back to Door County to help raise more than $370,000 for the fight against multiple sclerosis. How does this small but dedicated group pull this off? Check out our photos and montage video to see for yourself, and get ready for the next Challenge Walk MS on September 19th - 21st, 2014. Join Team LaDorkas and accept the challenge!
[IMAGE: Miss Michigan cheers on our walkers at Walk MS Grand Rapids 2012]
We strongly feel that this is one battle and we are all on the same side... just fighting on different fronts. Events are taking place all over Michigan and beyond with a singular goal: stomping out multiple sclerosis! Some of these events are hosted by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society and some are simply the brainchild of ordinary citizens with an extraordinary vision. If you have an event you would like us to highlight, please let us know about it; we'll also add it to our online calendar with additional details, time, and location.
Straight out of Hollywood, it's a five-mile MuckFest MS course that will wipe you out, literally. Itís got more thrills, spills, and sustained laughter than any obstacle run in the world! MuckFest is loaded with 20+ steel-constructed obstacles designed to spin, swing and fling you up, down and sideways through the course. And don't forget a post-race party that is full of muddy thrills for the kids, live music, great food, beer, and more. Sound too good to be true? On top of all of this, it's a fundraiser for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society! Check out the website and watch for dates for 2014's Detroit MuckFest MS!
Central Michigan University's Stomp Out MS 5K/10K Run/Walk event occurs in April and benefits the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Michigan Chapter. The event features a spaghetti dinner on Friday evening prior to the race.
The Take a Breath for PH and Get Moving for MS is a unique race event in Dewitt, Michigan (just north of Lansing) which takes place on the second weekend in May. Proceeds benefit research for pulmonary hypertension and multiple sclerosis (by way of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society). Half-Marathon, 10K, 5K and Free Kids 1/4 Mile distances are all available. The event features a unique raffle for race participants, an online auction, and a pasta dinner the day prior to the race.
Rick Szczepanski created the Mary J. Szczepanski "Never Give Up" MS Scholarship to honor his mother who courageously fought MS for 38 years. This scholarship honors high school seniors in the Grand Rapids area and beyond who raise money and awareness for multiple sclerosis. Bowl for MS and Miniature Golf for MS are annual charity fundraisers for the "Never Give Up" Scholarship. Visit Rick's website, www.msscholarship.org, for additional information.
The Twin Lake 5K Walk / Run for Multiple Sclerosis takes place in Twin Lake, a small town located just northeast of Muskegon, Michigan. This mid-summer event raised more than $6,600 in 2012 for the Multiple Sclerosis Center at the University of Michiganís Department of Neurology. The 2013 event occurred on June 23rd and benefited the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Be sure to visit their website for more details and photos!