Monday October 08, 2012 | 12:45 PM
While you were spending your Sunday watching the Patriots roll past Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos, a group of 30 cyclists were starting out from Portland on an eight-day, 425-mile ride to New York City.

Riders in The MS Great 8 Foundation ride departed from The Doubletree by Hilton on a journey to create awareness of multiple sclerosis and $160,000 in funding. With an average of about 50 miles per day, the riders reached Portsmouth, N.H. Sunday before setting out this morning for Salem, Mass. Other legs of the route include Warwick, R.I. to Windsor, Conn.; Windsor to Bear Mountain State Park; Bear Mountain to Matamoras, Penn.; Matamoras to Nyack, N.Y.; and Nyack to NYC.

Track The MS Great 8 ride live on, where donations for the cause can be made.

Multiple sclerosis interrupts the flow of information between brain and body and can stop people from moving forward in their lives. MS is typically diagnosed between ages 20 and 50 and affects women nearly three times more often than men. There are more than 18,000 people with MS in Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont.

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