July 24, 2016

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Brunswick cycling team rides for MS Society

Tori Peters, 13, leads Brunswick’s “We’re MAD” team out of the starting area during the annual Pedal to the Point ride from Brunswick to Sandusky on Saturday. (PHOTO PROVIDED)

A team of 81 people from Brunswick participated in the annual Pedal to the Point ride to benefit the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

The We’re MAD (Making A Difference) team served as the host for the start and conclusion of the 150-mile ride. In all, 2,200 bikers arrived in Brunswick Saturday morning to participate.

The Brunswick team included a number of city officials — Police Chief and interim City Manager Carl DeForest, Economic Development Manager Tim Smith, Mayor Gary Werner and Service Director Pat McNamara.

Leading the team out of Brunswick on Saturday morning was 13-year-old Tori Peters, the group’s youngest rider.

Tori was designated by team captains McNamara and DeForest to lead the group. McNamara said she joined the ride after her grandmother was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2009.

Smith said a number of local businesses, including Esbi Salon and Corder’s Jewelers, cheered on the bikers as they left the city. The Brunswick Fire Department pulled out its fire equipment and waved and cheered on the riders.

“This year was the first one where we had cheering stations,” Smith said. “It was really nice to see that support.”

Smith said the event brings in about a half-million dollars to the city, and included riders from as far away as Florida and California.

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