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June 13, 2005

Manhattanites Head For The Mountains...and Get Fit For A Cause

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September 16-18, 2005

If there's anything better than biking through scenic landscapes, stopping for epicurean picnics, and tarrying in historic first-class inns...it's doing it with good friends, full support (massage included), and for a good cause. The first-annual Friends of Karen Bike Tour is a 200-mile journey into the hills of Litchfield County, CT and is scheduled to kick off September 16, 2005. The three day tour will raise awareness and funding for Friends of Karen, Inc. ,a not-for-profit organization, dedicated to the emotional, financial and advocacy support of children withlife-threatening illnesses and their families. No parent should ever have to address such an illness, but if it happens, Friends of Karen is there to help.

The tri-state trek was described as a "Journey of the Heart" by tour organizer (and my father!), Harold Wagner, at the Pedal-Off Cocktail Party held recently in Westchester County to welcome potential riders.

"The enthusiasm and interest in this special event was exceptional, attracting a crowd of more than 60 people from the casual pedaler to the avid cyclist," says Wagner. To participate, each rider is required to raise $2,500 in pledges. Corporate sponsorships allow 100 percent of the riders' pledges to directly support the Friends of Karen organization. "Raising this pledge is not difficult if you communicate to your friends, family and fellow workers the reason you are riding. Once you explain your commitmentto the charity and the important work Friends of Karen does, people will want to be part of it by supporting you. The hardest part of fund raising is getting started", he added.

According to Wagner, the journey will be "a tour of lakes and landscapes...an exceptional scenic route passing by picturesque lakes, rivers, streams and mountains."

The ride starts out on Day 1 (Friday, September 16) at the Friends of Karen offices in Purdys, NY traveling north through Pawling into Dutchess County along the Webatuck River. Along the way the riders will break for lunch at the famous Old Drovers Inn.The ride continues into the hills of Litchfield County where the group will spend two nights at the beautiful Interlaken Inn. On Day 2 the riders will travel through Sharon and Kent,CT on route to Lake Waramaug for a gourmet picnic lunch.

Sunday morning, Day 3 takes the group into the Berkshires and then back to the Inn for a celebratory buffet prior to the trip back home in a chartered luxury bus.

"The Friends of Karen Bicycle Tour will be first class from beginning to end", says Wagner. "Participants will enjoy superb accommodations, exquisite food, full-support and a diverse group of everyday athletes who share a common desire to benefit others."

If you are interested in participating please contact Harold Wagner immediately at(914) 232-0904 or wagnergroup@verizon.net to reserve a space. Space is limited and will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

"Messengers and mountain bikers share a common chromosome."
~James Bethea

Posted by Shari at June 13, 2005 09:54 AM


Your blog page is great. It shows interest and style and I would expect nothing less.


Posted by: Harold at June 13, 2005 01:12 PM

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