More than 700 cyclists are expected to participate in the 23rd annual “Bike MS: Bike to Jack & Back” two-day, 150-mile journey to raise funds to help those affected by muscular sclerosis, according to spokesman Bailey Starnes. Sponsors hope to raise $600,000 through the effort, he said. The ride is scheduled for Oct. 7-8 beginning and ending in Franklin with an overnight stop in Lynchburg where cyclists will have a Jack Daniel Distillery tour and dine atop Barbecue Hill. Hosted by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, the 80 nationwide rides attract nearly 100,000 participants. “To date, Bike MS cyclists, volunteers, sponsors and donors have raised more than $1 billion so people affected by MS can live their best lives as we stop MS in its tracks, restore what’s been lost, and end MS forever,” said Starnes. Bike MS is supported nationally by premier National Sponsors Bicycling Magazine and Primal, the apparel provider of Bike MS. Bike MS: Bike to Jack & Back is presented locally by Jack Daniel Distillery. The starting line is at Page High School, 6281 Arno Rd., Franklin, and the Þ nish line is at Motlow College, 6015 Ledford Mill Rd, Tullahoma. Participants may register at bikeMS.org or fundraisingsupport@mmss,org or call 855-372-1331. Multiple sclerosis is described as an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system that disrupts the ß ow of information within the brain, and between the brain and body. Symptoms range from numbness and tingling to blindness and paralysis. For more information about multiple sclerosis and the National MS Society go to nationalMSsociety.org or call 800-344-4867.