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Tuesday, March 20 News

Bike the Beach fundraiser at Jennings Beach supports the disabled

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.