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Cycling event raises money for eye research

Published On: Feb 23 2014 10:12:11 AM CST

MADISON, Wis. -

An annual indoor cycling fundraiser is scheduled to raise money for research on blinding diseases that affect millions of Americans, including 100,000 Wisconsin residents, according to a release.

The McPherson Eye Research Institute at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health will be sponsoring Cycle for Sight on Saturday, March 8, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., according to the release.

Cyclists will be pedaling at three Madison locations: the Southeast Recreational Facility, the Natatorium and at the Princeton Club’s west side location, organizers said. Cycle for Sight offers participants a late-winter exercise opportunity while supporting research initiatives.

Everyone from beginners to advances riders are encouraged to participate, according to the release. Trained instructors will be on hand.

Three teams of blind and vision-impaired riders will be among those participating in the event, organizers said. Money raised will be used for research toward cures for a number of issues associated with vision loss, such as age-related macular degeneration, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy and childhood-related sight disorders.

Registration fees are $40 per team of four and $10 per individual, according to the release. Teams and individuals will get fundraising pages for accepting pledges. Prizes will be awarded to the top fundraising teams.

To register or donate to the ride, go online.

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