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 over
400 participants, raising over 7 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 well known 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. Buy your cowbells here!
About the ALS Therapy Development Institute
The ALS Therapy Development Institute and its scientists actively discover and develop treatments for ALS. The Institute is the world's first and
largest nonprofit biotech focused 100 percent on ALS research. Led by ALS patients and their families, the charity understands the urgent need to
slow and stop this horrible disease. Based in Cambridge, MA, the Institute has served as one of the leaders in sharing data and information with
academic and ALS research organizations, patients and their families. For more information, visit
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.