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Cyclists Tour Long Island’s North Shore on September 29 to Raise Money to Fund Guide Dogs  

 Not-for-Profit Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind to Benefit from 24th Annual Bike Tour  

 SMITHTOWN, NY (September 10, 2013) — The Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind holds its 24th Annual Second Sight Bike-A-Thon ( on Sunday, September 29, 2013 at the Foundation campus in the beautiful North Shore community of Smithtown, NY. Registration and sponsorship opportunities are available now for the ride that has become renowned for its scenic and varied routes and community atmosphere. 

“This is a successful long standing event for the Foundation and one that not only raises funds to meet our mission, but it also raises awareness and recognition for the community that we serve,” said Wells B. Jones, CEO of the Guide Dog Foundation. “It costs over $50,000 to breed, raise, train and place a guide dog, but there is never a cost to the recipient. Our funding comes from generous people who understand the benefits and independence that an assistance dog brings to the life of someone who is blind or has another disability.”   

Both novice and experienced bikers from all over Long Island and surrounding metro New York communities will enjoy a day of fun and exercise while supporting the Guide Dog Foundation’s ( mission to improve the quality of life for people who are blind, visually impaired, or who have other special needs by providing guide dogs free of charge.   

The Suffolk Bicycle Riders Association has assisted with this event for the past 24 years and their volunteers will again offer their services to ensure a safe and fun day for all participants.  

The event routes will offer a variety of rides ranging from a family-friendly 5-mile “fun” ride to a challenging 65-mile challenge. All rides begin and end at the Foundations Smithtown campus, and the first ride begins at 8 a.m. Helmets are required for all riders. When riders return to the Foundation, they will be treated to tours of the 10-acre campus, and visits with the Foundation’s adorable puppies.   

Participants are able to set up personalized fundraising pages to share with their families and friends to extend the reach of involvement. Riders who raise $75 and $175 or more will receive exclusive gifts.   

Early registration fees are available now: $40 for an individual, $20 for children under 17; $60 for a family (up to two adults and two children 17 and under). Register by September 13 to receive a free 2013 Bike-A-Thon t-shirt and the discounted rate. Registration fees will increase on September 14.   

To register, fundraise or learn more about sponsorship opportunities for the event, visit or contact Jaime McGrade at 631-930-9054 or  

About The Guide Dog Foundation

The Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind, Inc., based in Smithtown, N.Y., provides guide and service dogs free of charge to people who are blind, visually impaired, or who have disabilities other than blindness. People who seek the enhanced mobility and independence a guide dog offers come to the Guide Dog Foundation from all over the United States and Canada for the quality of Foundation dogs and its innovative training techniques.   

The Foundation is supported entirely by donations from generous individuals, corporations, foundations, and service clubs. It receives no government funding. To learn more visit 

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