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Lantana man gears up for MS bike ride

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The 25th Annual Bike MS: Sam’s Club Ride from Frisco to Texas Motor Speedway will kick off this Saturday and Lantana resident Mark Lozano will be front and center for the event.

Lozano, who is a member of Team Dangerous Curves, will ride for more than 150 miles in the two day event on May 5 & 6 that supports multiple sclerosis research and said the way he came about participating in the event was through his new cycling buddies.

“I personally have changed how I do things in my life, and bicycle riding has become a very strong part of it,” Lozano said. “The people that are part of the bicycling community of which I am a part participate in the MS Ride. I thought it was a worthy charity that was worth the time and effort.

“I thought it would be good to put some work into raising money for it and spend some time socially and it all just kind of works together.”

The event raises money to support research into the cause of and a cure for the disease, in addition to funding programs offered through the society, which includes everything from educational and employment resources to wellness/exercise activities, and emotional and financial assistance.

Around 3,000 cyclists of all ages and skill levels will participate in the event, one of 100 rides scheduled around the country, with a goal to raise $2.4 million this year.

Lozano said that training for the event has not been the easiest thing, but added that it will all be worth it in the end.

“I’ve been riding non-stop since I first decided to do it,” Lozano said. “On average, I ride about 20 miles a day. On the weekends, I probably put in about 80 miles, and it really comes down to just building up muscles so you don’t get too exhausted.”

Lozano said part of the reason he has decided to participate in the ride is because he has become acquainted with MS and learned of its effects.

“The good thing is that there is nobody directly in my family that has MS,” Lozano said. “But in getting to know some of my friends and associates, there are a lot of stories out there of people who struggle with MS, and I am really excited to support this.”

Visit www.bikemstexas.org to register or learn more about the event.

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