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Bike MS: Atlanta Peach Ride Sets New Course South of Atlanta

The National Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society – Georgia Chapter is gearing up for the 30th anniversary Bike MS: Atlanta Peach Ride on Oct. 1-2, 2016. This year, cyclists will enjoy a new starting line at Blalock Lakes in Coweta County, as well as a new one-day route option with returning shuttle service. Beautiful, pastoral, scenic roads lead to the finish line in historic downtown LaGrange, where this milestone anniversary is being celebrated in style with bikes, bands and beer.

For cyclists and others seeking a personal challenge and a world free of MS, Bike MS is the largest organized fundraising cycling series in the world. Yearly, more than 100,000 cyclists participate in 100 rides across the United States, raising well over $83 million. Right here in Georgia, the Bike MS: Atlanta Peach Ride raises over $1 million every year.

Cyclists will enjoy 30, 60 and 100-mile route options the first day, with those two longer routes rolling through parts of the “Silk Sheets” – gentle hills and well-maintained roads of the Chattahoochee Hills countryside. After a finish line party in downtown LaGrange, one-day cyclists return to Blalock Lakes via shuttle. Day two begins with breakfast before heading back to Coweta County with 30- and 60-mile options available.

While the Bike MS: Atlanta Peach Ride 2016 is still several months away, spring is the optimum time to register for the event and begin training. “Bike MS is more than just a ride; it’s also the anticipation and preparation for an incredible experience,” says Tal Wright, a long-time participant in the Atlanta Bike MS events. “Training is a journey in itself and is essential to preparing mentally and physically for a successful ride.”

To get started on the training journey, a free subscription to an interactive, web-based training log and food diary called TrainingPeaks is provided for Bike MS participants.  Custom-written cycling training plans are available for download to help individuals achieve their health and fitness goals.

Individual cyclists and teams may register for the Bike MS: Atlanta Peach Ride 2016 at The registration fee is $45 before June 15, and the fundraising minimum is $350. All funds raised support national research for a cure and local client programs and services for Georgians living with MS.

“Don’t let this amount scare you,” says Brooks Palmerton, development associate for Bike MS. “Last year, the average participant raised $800. Many of us don’t even realize how many of our friend’s and family’s lives have been affected by MS until we start talking about it.”

What is MS?

  • Multiple sclerosis is a chronic, unpredictable disease of the central nervous system.
  • More than 2.3 million people are affected by MS worldwide.
  • Most people are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50.
  • Women are much more likely to develop MS than men.
  • There is no evidence MS is directly inherited.
  • It is challenging to diagnose MS.
  • No two people have exactly the same symptoms.
  • MS symptoms can be invisible.
  • The majority of people with MS do not become severely disabled.
  • MS has no cure.

The Georgia Chapter of the National MS Society is a non-profit organization that works to improve the quality of life for people affected by MS in the state of Georgia and raise funds for critical MS research. Founded in April 1953, the Georgia Chapter currently serves clients in 159 counties throughout the state. Almost 80 cents of every dollar raised goes directly to critical research and local programs. The Georgia Chapter provides programs and services to more than 9,000 individuals living with MS, plus family members and friends affected by MS.

For more information about Bike MS and the 2016 ride, contact event manager Brooks Palmerton at or 678.534.3588.

Global Youth Ambassadors

The Global Youth Ambassadors Program (GYAP) is a comprehensive education and global initiative targeting teens (15-18 years of age). The primary goal of the program is to educate emerging leaders on the global economy and its present day challenges while exposing our students to international experiences. The program is designed to empower high school students to become competitive in the global economy through an educational program that includes professional and lifestyle skills development, arts & culture, foreign language, community service, communications, and international travel.

Students who study abroad are more open to new experiences, empathetic to different cultures, and gain professional skills and personal growth.

To learn more about our program, and how your scholar can be involved visit You can contact our Program Director, Melanie Barber for your application at or 404.593.1081.

Dr. RJ Verwayne and Publisher Featured on Women on the Move

Recently, Kim McNair’s TV show “Women on the Move” featured our own Michelle Willis and Dr. RJ Verwayne, who just opened another location for her practice.

Mayor of Union City Gives Annual State of the City Address

Mayor Vince Williams gave an account of the state of Union City. Michelle Willis is pictured with the 404 Studios founders.

Editor’s Note:

Please accept our apologies for an oversight in information presented about the Hotel Indigo in our

March publication.  The article on pages 18 and 20 was an erroneous reprint of a dated press release

that had been provided for details about the intriguing Indigo brand.   We are so excited to have an

Indigo Hotel in College Park and want the correct statements about the hotel refreshed in your mind:

The Hotel Indigo Atlanta Airport College Park opened in July 2012.  The hotel delivers a boutique

lodging experience, is very vibrantly decorated with a sophisticated and whimsical décor, and is very

engaged with the local community, as reflected in the murals throughout the hotel and area relationships.

The hotel is located in College Park’s historic downtown district at 1776 Harvard Avenue, and has a full

service, on-site restaurant and lounge that partners with local growers and vendors to provide an assortment

of flavors in food and beverage options.  Ready for a new dining experience?  Harvard & Main is open for

breakfast and dinner each day, and serves local craft beer, wine and spirits.

One hundred forty-two spacious guest rooms and suites include spa-inspired showers, generous work space, free WiFi, and

luxurious bedding to relax and enjoy expanded cable TV.  A 24/7 fitness center and business center are

available to stay fit and connected along your journey.

The hotel is professionally managed by Peachtree Hotel Group, an Atlanta hospitality investment and management organization.

Please visit the hotel’s website to learn more about this exciting hotel:

In addition, we would like to make the following corrections: The Prom Preview guide on pages 22 and 23 listed the wrong name for the writer of the article. It should read Rhonda Hudson, not Husdon. Rhonda Hudson is the Executive Director of the Treasure Box School of Etiquette, The writer of “Discover the South Fulton Arts Center” was listed incorrectly as E.B. Brown. The correct name of the writer is E. B. Drake. We here at South Fulton Lifestyle strive to bring you the best, so if you ever spot an error or something that needs to be corrected, please reach out to our staff via email at