About the Tri-State Trek

Just wanted to send a note to say how amazing the Tri-State Trek was. This fight is so important. I love everything about the event: the riders, the volunteers (I seriously dream about your Bella's chili), Mary Lou's cheering squad and riders, the HILLS, the beautiful scenery... I can't think of a better way to find a cure for ALS.

Shannon McLaughlin
Tri-State Trek Rider
Team Capt: Matty's Spinsters

The ALS TDI Tri-State Trek raises money and brings attention to the work ALS TDI is doing to find an effective treatment for a horrific disease.

The Trek began in 2003, when 16 cyclists pedaled from Boston to New York and raised about $30k for ALS research. The event has since grown to 400 participants, raising over 6 million dollars. People ride, crew or volunteer to support changes in medical science. Riders gain strength from spectators cheering them on with cowbells, letting them know they are not alone on their bikes.

We Need More Cowbell!

In 2005, in an effort to bolster spectator support, Interns for the Trek passed out cowbells in White Plains, NY, (the Trek's former finish line) as part of a community outreach project. In 2006, the event officially launched its 'More Cowbell!' campaign; a knock-off on the pop-culture catch phrase originally delivered by Christopher Walken in a quasi-famous Saturday Night Live skit. Cowbells have been used in cycling since the early 1900s, when European's would cheer riders racing through the Pyrenees or up the Italian Alps.

For the cyclists, volunteers, and countless spectators and supporters, "More Cowbell!" is about more noise and more support for an orphaned disease and its patients that will not stand silent.

About the ALS Therapy Development Institute (ALS.net)

The ALS Therapy Development Institute (ALS.net) and its scientists actively discover and develop treatments for ALS. We are the world's first and largest nonprofit biotech focused 100 percent on ALS research. Led by people living with the disease and their families, we understand the urgent need to slow and stop this disease. We are located in the heart of Kendall Sq in Cambridge, MA, and our doors are always open for a tour. Visit us online at www.als.net for more information.

About ALS

Every 90 minutes, someone is diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS); a progressive, neurodegenerative disease that causes muscle weakness, difficulty breathing and swallowing, and paralysis while leaving the senses intact. Also known as Lou Gehrig's disease or Motor Neuron Disease (MND), ALS attacks certain cells in the brain and spinal cord needed to keep muscles moving. Most people survive 2 to 5 years after their diagnosis, with an estimated 30,000 people in the US and 450,000 worldwide living with the disease. Currently, there are no effective treatments or a cure.