This weekend, Boscos Cycling Team begins the Rock-n-Roll 150 bike ride to raise money for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Choose901 managed to catch Kerry Hayes, captain of the team, before he races to the finish line of the 150-mile race this Saturday and Sunday.
Kerry Hayes, who grew up in northeastern Colorado and attended Webster University in St. Louis, moved to Memphis in 2005 with his fiance (now Mrs. Sutton Hayes) in response to job offers for the pair. Sutton also completed her Master’s in City and Regional Planning from the University of Memphis. They live in Cooper-Young and “absolutely love it.”
Kerry first participated in a National Multiple Sclerosis Society ride last fall, completing the 150-mile “Ride to Jack and Back ” from Nashville to Lynchburg, TN. A few months before their marriage, Sutton was diagnosed with MS. “It’s a cause that’s very close to my heart,” said Kerry, so deciding to support the National MS Society was an obvious move. Afterwards, Kerry and friend Jason Potter got more involved by starting a cycling team of their own. “We approached Boscos Brewing Company on sponsoring a team and to our astonishment, they said yes and have been amazingly supportive ever since. We now have 12 riders working to raise money for MS research, and have generated over $23,000 (and counting!) in donations in our first year,” comments Hayes on the team’s efforts so far.
Things are looking very good for the ride this weekend from Memphis to Tunica and back. Hayes is excited: “We’ve all been training for it for months, so we feel (mostly!) confident that it will be a fun, if exhausting, trip. Seeing how everybody — our teammates, our sponsors, and the entire city — has supported the cause of multiple sclerosis research has been so humbling and so much fun.”
Memphis is truly the backbone of Boscos Cycling’s success in supporting the National MS Society. Local brewery and restaurant Boscos Brewing Company is one establishment to thank specifically, as well as Victory Bicycle Studio, the team’s shop sponsor whom you may remember featured on 901TV earlier this year.
Lastly, thanks to all the individual Memphians who have donated to the team — or to any cause in general. Those of you who choose 901 and choose to give to the community are awesome. I asked Kerry one thing he thinks people should know about the city of Memphis. He responded, “The one thing people should know about Memphis? We’re cooler on our worst day than almost every other city on the face of the earth is on their best day.”