Coker to Host 2013 Bike MS: Breakaway to the Beach

HARTSVILLE, S.C. – Sept. 17, 2013 – For the fourth year in a row, Coker College will serve as the lunch stop for the annual Bike MS: Breakaway to the Beach event on Saturday, Sept. 21. The stop at Coker is from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Library-Information Technology Center parking lot.

The Greater Carolinas Chapter of the National MS Society is organizing the event. Riders will be served lunch at Coker before continuing their ride to Florence, S.C.

Participating cyclists will bike the weekend of Sept. 21-22. The event begins Saturday in both Monroe, N.C., and Kershaw, S.C., and ends in Sunset Beach, N.C., on Sunday. On average, 1,500 cyclists and 400 volunteers participate in the event each year. The Breakaway to the Beach ride serves to support people living with multiple sclerosis in the Carolinas and throughout the United States. The event will benefit MS research, programs, services and advocacy for the Greater Carolinas Chapter of the National MS Society.

About MS Society

Multiple sclerosis affects over 400,000 people in the United States and over 2.1 million people worldwide. The National MS Society addresses the challenges of each person affected by MS by funding cutting-edge research, driving change through advocacy, and facilitating programs and services designed to help people with MS and their families move forward with their lives. To learn more, visit

For more information on the event at Coker, or for individuals interested in volunteering to help serve lunch or cheer on the riders as they enter Hartsville, contact Dee Pierce at 843-383-8014, 843-861-1094 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


Coker College readies undergraduates for personal and professional success through a distinctive four-year program that emphasizes a practical application of the liberal arts as well as hands-on and discussion-based learning within and beyond the classroom. Coker is ranked among the “Best Colleges” in the South by U.S. News & World Report as well as The Princeton Review. Located in Hartsville, S.C., Coker is within two hours of the cultural, financial and recreational resources of Charlotte, Columbia, Charleston and Myrtle Beach.

For more information, contact Chris Dougherty - 843.383.8018

Release written by media relations coordinator Elizabeth McCarley '13

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