This site is devoted to MS-150 Lifetime Rider Kenny Wingfield. In addition to riding in more than 50 MS-150 tours, he rode from Los Angeles to Boston in 2002, and International Falls to New Orleans in 2006. His mission…to raise awareness of Multiple Sclerosis, and to gather support to find a cure for this devastating disease. Since 1991, Kenny has ridden over 10,000 miles to raise money for research in curing MS.
A Message From Kenny
It hasn't always been a flat road with the wind at my back. In addition to dealing with Multiple Sclerosis, many obstacles have crossed my path over the years. Please take a moment to click on the "About Kenny" link at the top of the page to read why this ride and cause are so important to me.
For over 25 years I proudly rode my two wheel bicycle in MS-150 tours, and made two cross country rides to help raise awareness of MS, and raise money to help find a cure and assist folks living with this disease.
In 2015, I tried a new way to fund my cause. My plan was to ride my Harley Tri-Glide from Roanoke, VA to the Pacific Ocean and back again, a trip that was to last at least five weeks, traveling over 8,000 miles.
This trip had a disappointing ending when I had a wreck in Durango, Colorado, on my Harley, rear-ending a car and sailing over the handlebars. I was blessed and fortunate to walk out of the hospital about six hours later. The motorcycle did not fare so well.
I only logged just over 3,000 miles in 2017. I spent most of the first four months climbing Mill Mountain, Roanoke Mountain, plus Peakwood and West Ridge roads while training for the Blue Ridge Marathon. I was disappointed when I was not allowed to participate, but I haven’t given up on that dream.
The rides that I kept training for and completed in 2017 were the MS-150 in June, and two weeks later the Bike Centennial route 76 from Breaks Interstate Park, on the Kentucky/Virginia border, to Yorktown, VA. This 500+ mile ride took me 13 days and was a fantastic experience. On October 17th I rode in the Salem Half Marathon, coming in first in the men’s 60-64 year old category.
By all standards, 2016 was a most successful riding year, having logged over 4,560 miles on my hand crank trike. My major routes this year included the MS-150 in June, from Richmond to Williamsburg on Saturday, then back to Richmond the next day. Two weeks later, I was off to Colorado…a six day, 359 mile tour through the Rockies. Please take a moment to read the BLOG I kept while on this trip.
2017 ended with two surgeries. My left hip was finally replaced in October and has had a remarkable recovery. In December, I tore a tendon and muscle in my left elbow and had it reattached at the end of the month. This wound never healed properly and in the middle of January an infection was discovered. A “clean-up” surgery was done a few days later. After five days in the hospital, and the installation of a “picc line” for antibiotics, I was released.
My 2018 riding season is still in question. I know the Blue Ridge Marathon, set for April 22nd, will not happen for me, which makes me sad. But I have never been a quitter, so don’t expect that this is my end…just another bump in this road that has been my life.
I need your help and support more than ever! To donate to the cause,
please contact the MS Alliance of Virginia at 540-404-1167 or send a check to MSAV at this address:
P.O. Box 2884
Roanoke, VA 24001
All money collected by MSAV provides education, empowerment, programs and services for people living with Multiple Sclerosis in Virginia.