Last weekend, Katherine Adcock, Director of Project Services in CBI’s Raleigh market joined more than 1100 neighbors and community members for a bike ride around Historic New Bern to raise money for and bring attention to the importance of Multiple Sclerosis Research. Cyclists began at Union Point Park in New Bern and had the option to ride a 30 mile, 50 mile, 75 mile or 100 mile route around the city. With 1,189 people participating, this MS Ride raised $1,174,133 for MS Research this year.
When asked why she participates in this ride each year, Katherine says, “This started out as something I would do with a group of girlfriends. We like to participate in something athletic each quarter that also supports an important cause in the community. We have done half marathons, 5Ks, other bike rides and more. However, eventually I met some friends who had MS and learned through them about the MS Bike Ride. Through this event, I’ve become part of a fantastic cycling community that raises money for MS which directly impacts my friends. This why I’ve continued participating each year.”
Katherine typically trains for the MS Bike Ride by riding at least 300 – 500 miles a month to prepare. This year, due to schedule constraints she rode a little less, yet was still able to complete over 100 miles on the day of the event.
Katherine and her husband enjoy giving back to the community and often demonstrate CBI’s Live Love Serve philosophy in their giving. Katherine says, “My husband and I are both able bodied individuals so we like to try to help in ways where others cannot. Giving back to the community is not about us, it’s about those who cannot do and do not have. If we have it and can do it and it helps someone else who needs it then that is reason enough for us to share our talent and time.”
We asked Katherine how she felt when crossing the finish line on Saturday. She says, “Crossing the finish line is always bittersweet. There’s a big sigh of relief and sense of accomplishment for finishing the race, but there is also a little bit of sadness that the thing you worked so hard to finish is over. My friends and I always feel a little emotional when crossing the finish line. It’s an amazing experience and one I love to relive each year.”
We are so proud to have Katherine on the CBI team and representing our Live Love Serve Philosophy in her community. Learn more about the MS Ride benefitting Multiple Sclerosis Research here and find out how you can participate next year!