Bike or Hike the Beach fund-raiser Sept. 22

Bike the Beach 2013 will be held at Jennings Beach on Sunday, Sept. 22.

The annual fund-raiser has been a success for more than 22 years. An additional option, Hike the Beach, a 5K Fitness Walk, is available for supporters who are non-cyclists. The walk is on a level route in the Fairfield beach area.

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 Jennings 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.

Riders may start any time after 7 a.m. The 62-mile riders usually start as early as 7 or 7:30, most other riders start between 8 and 10.  Walkers start at 9. All rides and walks must be completed by 3 so riders should plan accordingly based on their chosen route length.

The first 300 registrants will receive a souvenir T-shirt. For more information or registration forms, visit

On the day of the ride/walk, detailed maps and cue sheets, fruit and water, lunch, Sag wagon support and stocked rest stops with rest rooms are available. Pre-registration fee is $35 for riders, $25 for fitness 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. Various levels of business sponsorships are available.

Newman’s Own, Citizens Bank, Goya, Walgreens and the accounting firm Capossela, Cohen are among the more than 100 local business sponsors.

In addition to the website, participants and sponsors may keep up with the latest event news by becoming a fan at Facebook/ProbusClub.

Bike the Beach supports the charitable activities of the Probus Club of Greater Bridgeport, an all-volunteer organization dedicated to supporting housing, training and social programs for Fairfield County community members with intellectual disabilities. All of the proceeds from the event are used to support these programs. The club also sponsors Probus House in Bridgeport, a group-home with professional residential support.