Bike the Beach 2014 will be held Sept. 21 at Jennings Beach. An additional option, Hike the Beach, a 5K fitness walk on a level route, will also take place for supporters who are non-cyclists. This year is the 25th anniversary of the annual fund-raiser, which supports the Probus Club of Greater Bridgeport.
Bike/Hike the Beach is designed for bikers or walkers of all ages. The bike tours feature a variety of routes from leisurely to challenging, accommodating serious cyclists as well as families out for a Sunday ride. Riders start and finish at the beach and may choose a 10, 20, 45 or 62-mile route. All routes are along the coastline, with the longest passing through Fairfield, Southport, Westport, Norwalk and Darien.
Proceeds are used to support the Probus Club, an all-volunteer organization providing housing, training, and social programs for Fairfield County community members with intellectual disabilities. The club also sponsors Probus House in Bridgeport, a group-home with professional residential support.
The registration fee for the bike/or hike is $35 for riders, $25 for walkers. A Personal Pledge Page can be used for family and friends to sponsor participation. Anyone raising a minimum of $35 in pre-paid pledges can ride or walk for free.
The first 300 registrants will receive a souvenir T-shirt. Visit www.bikethebeach.com for more information and registration forms.