Fairfield ready to bike it on the beach

September 10, 2013 by  

The volunteer group Probus Club of Greater Bridgeport is sponsoring its annual Bike the Beach/Hike the Beach event coming up later this month.

This fall activity can be a leisurely family 5K fitness walk or a more challenging bike tour through at least five old New England communities along the Connecticut coast. The bike tours can be taken in 10, 20, 45 and 62-mile increments.

Type of terrain also varies; the 62-mile tour is the most challenging as it runs from flat to hilly. The other bike routes are basically flat to rolling, while the 5K Walk meanders on roads along the beach. All proceeds go to activities aiding those with developmental disabilities in the community.

Free T-shirts will go to the first 50 walker registrants and to 300 preregistered riders. Each participant will receive a souvenir road map and lunch afterwards. A sag wagon will also be available, and restrooms and rest stops will be scattered along the route.

Onsite registration begins at 7:00 am, and all walkers/riders must be done by 3:00 pm. The entry fees are $45 for riders (who must wear helmets) and $35 for walkers. Collecting pledges can garner a prize at the conclusion of the event, and it will not be surprising if local print services are heavily used to garner donations.

The event takes place at Jennings Beach, and participants should mark their calendars for Sunday, September 22. Start times vary according to length of the chosen segment; for example, the 62-mile tour starts at 8:00 am while the 5k Fitness Walk begins at 11:30 am. Full details can be found on the event’s website.