Ponte Vedra Beach’s Elise Beard (in photo above) crossed the first-day crosses finish line above in the recent 29th annual Bike MS PGA TOUR Cycle to the Shore. The two-day, 170-mile event, Ponte Vedra Beach to Daytona Beach and back, attracted more than 1,600 cyclists who raised $1.5 million for multiple sclerosis. Beard is a member of the 30-person Big Banana bike team, which raised $126,241, out-fundraising more than 100 corporate and friends and family teams this year.
Three members of the top fundraising team Big Bananas, pictured from left are team captain Bruce Reid (Ponte Vedra Beach), Linda Bushong-Reid (Ponte Vedra Beach), and Michael Muraski (Atlantic Beach), finish the first day of the recent Bike MS PGA TOUR Cycle to the Shore in Daytona Beach. The 30-person bike team is comprised mostly of beaches residents, who this year, as a Friends & Family team, out-fundraised more than 100 teams, including corporate-sponsored teams. The $126,000-plus raised by Big Bananas set a record for the event, which drew more than 1,600 riders.