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8th Annual Ride for Independence

Sunday, October 7, 2018

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Fidelco Guide Dog Foundation’s foremost priority with our annual “Ride for Independence” motorcycle event is everyone’s safety. This commitment is based upon the same criteria used when placing our elite German Shepherd Guide Dogs with clients who are blind. During the past seven years’ Ride events, we’ve not experienced any rider accidents or injuries because of this commitment.
Upon consultation with law enforcement agencies and our ride director, Norm LeBlanc – with consideration of this weekend’s weather forecast of heavy rain and thunderstorms – and with the cooperation of our event sponsors, we are rescheduling the 2018 Fidelco Guide Dogs “Ride for Independence” to Sunday, October 7th when riders will be wrapped in glorious fall foliage colors during the ride; treated to a delicious Bear’s Smokehouse BBQ lunch; and enjoy special Oktoberfest refreshments.
Please share this message with your friends and fellow riders, and invite them to join us on Sunday, October 7th to support Fidelco Guide Dogs program for blind veterans and first-responders. All updated event information will be available at and our social media channels.
Thank you and ride safe.
Eliot D. Russman
President & CEO
Fidelco Guide Dog Foundation, Inc.


The best alarm clock is sunshine on chrome, so let’s get those bikes ready to start this puppy up!

Join us for Fidelco’s 8th Annual Motorcycle Ride for Independence!


  • Police Escorted Scenic Ride (starts and ends at Fidelco's Bloomfield Campus)
  • Bear’s Smokehouse BBQ 
  • Live Entertainment
  • K9 Demonstrations
  • Raffles
  • Vendors
  • Puppies and more…

Event Schedule:

9:30 AM - Registration and entertainment
11:00 AM - Ceremonies
Noon - Kickstands Up
1:30 PM - Lunch and more entertainment 

Pre-register today, share with your friends, and get ready to start this puppy up!

A Special Thank You To Our 2018 Sponsors!    

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   Trantolo and Trantolo LogoBears Smokehouse BBQ Logo  

 Gengras Harley Davidson Logo  iHeartMEDIA Logo Hori Stack Red and Black

   SpaceFitters Logo 300x68   Hartford Distributors Logo 200x100   

Neligons Auto Care Center Logo  AEGIS Information Systems  

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Windsor Federal Savings 

Foxboro VFW Post 2626

VFW Post 358



Location: 103 Vision Way
Bloomfield, CT
Fees: $40 per bike or $15 for lunch only
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