HOUSTON – She started the race as a ‘Miss,’ but ended as a ‘Mrs.’
The BP MS 150 turned into a lifelong journey for one Houston couple who opted not for a tuxedo and a gown on their wedding day, but rather biker shorts and helmets.
“We thought starting a major MS 150 ride would be an appropriate way to start the marriage,” explained Hope Baumel 10 minutes before she became Hope Griffith.
The couple tied the knot just after tying their shoes for the two day fundraising cycling ride that raises money for multiple sclerosis. The newlyweds are riding a tandem bike. The non-traditional wedding seemed fitting.
“The organizer of the volunteers knew I was single and knew she was single and she’s a little matchmaker and we owe it to Melba and she set us up and so we’ve been training for the MS 150 and we decided to share it with the team,” said David Griffith.
The Griffiths are sharing their honeymoon with thousands of others as they make the 180-mile trek from Houston to Austin.
They’ll stop in Bastrop Saturday night and finish the ride on Sunday.
Sharing in all the fun is the KHOU 11 News Buc-ee’s Bike Team.
“This is my 10th year,” said a very enthusiastic Sherry Williams of KHOU 11 News Saturday Morning. “Grits. That’s my secret. That’s how I do 180 miles on a bike.”
KHOU 11 News is the only television station in the state to put together such a group.
“This is my second year doing the MS 150. I’m excited to do it again. It’s super inspirational, the ride and the people waving at you,” said KHOU 11 News Reporter Tim Wetzel.
Last year’s ride raised more $18 million for multiple sclerosis.