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Athletes

Donations made on behalf of an athlete will be directly sent to The Seeing Eye, Inc. 

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Jim Freiss

Founder of Puppy Ride Long Island.  


“I am involved with Puppy Ride Long Island to honor and remember my late brother John, his guide dog Hero and to support an organization that did so much for him.  I know what we do here will continue to help others who are sight impaired like my brother.  The Seeing Eye, Inc. is an awesome organization with an incredibly passionate team of employees and volunteers that deliver dignity and mobility to the blind through their guide dog foundation!  I am all in with The Seeing Eye!”
Previous Events for the Puppies: 
Zion 100 Trail Run - 2018, 
Solo Crossing Puppy Ride of New York – 2020
Washington DC to Pittsburg Puppy Ride - 2021
Cincinnati to Cleveland Puppy Ride – 2022
Niagara to Long Island Puppy Ride - 2023

Moab 240 Trail Run - 2023

Bill Gironda

Bill Gironda is fundraising for The Seeing Eye, Inc

Donate to Bill Here

Member of Puppy Ride Long Island.

I am really looking forward to spending time with the team in my second year riding for the puppies.

The route is Boston to Canada along the Maine Coast all to benefit The Seeing Eye and the amazing things they do.

Our involvement with The Seeing Eye has led to other rewarding things because of this.

 

Prior to the ride I will get to attend for the third year Griffin Pinkow’s  benefit for his foundation, The Foreseeable Future.

www.Foreseeablefuture.org

Griffin is a Seeing Eye Graduate and with his dog Lester works to empower others not to set limits on what they can do and to learn to overcome adversity.

He is a Marathoner, Tandem Cyclist and adventurer.

Foreseeable Future works to help the visually impaired and blind community live more fulfilling lives through sports and recreation.

What he does is truly amazing and The Seeing Eye has partially helped make that journey possible.

 

At our return get-together at the  Blue Point Brewery on Long Island on the last day or our ride last year we had our celebration with a great group of friends.

We had the pleasure to share the celebration with NY Safe Haven Animal Rescue and from our group there with us at the finish a total of 6 dogs were rescued.

 

So all these amazing things that happen when you throw it out there into the universe.

Come and  ride with us, support us or just celebrate with us so we can all make a difference to someone out there and meet the friends we don’t know yet.

 

Niagara Falls to Long island Puppy Ride – 2023

Boston to Canada – Maine Coast Puppy Ride - 2024

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Barbara McCoy

Barbara McCoy is fundraising for The Seeing Eye, Inc.

Donate to Barbara Here

 

“Having lost my mom to cancer then supporting my husband who has been battling Parkinson’s disease for over 17 years, I was inspired to participate in fundraising activities respectively for Leukemia Lymphoma Society and Michael J Fox Foundation.  In 2021, my friend and fellow athlete, Jim Freiss, graciously assisted my husband in adopting Hunter, a change in career seeing eye dog.  Hunter is a precious Golden Retriever who, as my husband’s companion, has become a beloved member of our family.  Having already participated in the 2021, 2022, and 2023 Puppy Rides, I am honored and privileged to again join this year’s Puppy Ride from Boston to Calais, Canada in remembrance of Jim’s late brother, John, and his guide dog, Hero, to support The Seeing Eye’s great work.

 

Past Fundraising Activities

2022 -Cincinnati to Cleveland Puppy Ride 

2021 – DC to Pittsburg Virtual Ride

2014~2022 Marine Corp Marathon Team Chris

2016 & 2017 5 Mile Swim LLS -- 2015

2013 – 2023:  Sprint, Olympic, & Half Ironman Events in 25 states

                        (LLS & MJF Foundation Fundraising)

Upcoming Fundraising Activities:

        2024 Puppy Ride

        2024 Triathlons in Rhode Island & South Carolina LLS 

Bill Ude

Bill Ude is fundraising for The Seeing Eye, Inc. 

Donate to Bill by clicking here

 I was privileged to join our team leader Jim Freiss in 2021 and 2022 Riding for the Puppies in support of The Seeing Eye, Inc. I am looking forward to fundraising and riding the 2023 Niagara to Long Island Puppy Ride on the New York State Empire Trail in remembrance of Jim’s late brother, John and his guide dog, Hero and to support The Seeing Eye’s great work. I feel very blessed to be healthy and have the ability to help others. Last year we had the privilege of touring the facility in New jJersey, which deepened our support for this foundation. 

 

Previous cycling event for the Puppies. 

Washington DC to Pittsburg Puppy Ride – 2021

Cincinnati to Cleveland Puppy Ride –2022

Upcoming events 

Niagara to Long Island Puppy Ride 

Jones Beach half Iron

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David DuBois

David has decided to take the year off from Puppy Ride Long Island.  We hope he can join us again in 2025!

“I have been active in sports my entire life. Soccer and tennis have been my go to sports throughout my life. I’ve gone through many phases over the years, weight lifting, running, swimming, I started cycling recently, (about 8 years now). The passion I have for cycling is tremendous. What started as a new form of recreation has turned into an obsession. 
Between training and charity rides I have racked up a decent amount of century rides, (over 100 miles). At 64 years on this planet I appreciate the low impact and sense of freedom while riding. Endurance rides are not for the faint of heart. It definitely takes training and determination.
I’m looking forward to many more years of cycling along with enjoying other sports."

Previous Cycling Event For the Puppies

Washington DC to Pittsburg Puppy Ride – 2021

Cincinnati to Cleveland Puppy Ride –2022

Upcoming events 

Niagara to Long Island Puppy Ride 

Victor Fassano

Victor is fundraising for The Seeing Eye, Inc

Donate to Victor Here

“I was fortunate enough to meet Jim Freiss a few years ago. He told me stories of he’s brother John and what a difference Hero He’s Seeing Eye dog made in his life. The stories moved me so much that I wanted to help. Now I’m here helping to raise money for The Seeing Eye!

Previous Events for the Puppies:

Washington to Pittsburg Puppy Ride - 2021

Cincinnati to Cleveland Puppy Ride - 2022

Upcoming Events

Niagara Falls to Long Island Puppy Ride 2023

RAGBRIA 2023 My third in three years

I’m competing in my first Iron Man 70.4 in July & my second one in September.

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Jay Ratto

Jay is fundraising for The Seeing Eye, Inc.

Donate to Jay Here

 

Member of Puppy Ride Long Island.

 
“I am involved with Puppy Ride Long Island to honor and remember my Buddy Jim Freiss’s  late brother John, his guide dog Hero and to support an organization that did so much for him.  I know what we do here will continue to help others who are sight impaired like John.  The Seeing Eye, Inc. is an awesome organization with an incredibly passionate team of employees and volunteers that deliver dignity and mobility to the blind through their guide dog foundation!  I am all in with The Seeing Eye!”
Previous Events for the Puppies: 
Washington DC to Pittsburg Puppy Ride - 2021
Cincinnati to Cleveland Puppy Ride – 2022
Upcoming Events
Niagara to Long Island Puppy Ride - 2023

Glenn Morse

Glenn Morse is fundraising for The Seeing Eye, Inc. 

Donate to Glenn by clicking here

“I’ve been doing multi-day and across state bike rides for over 40 years, including

several fundraisers for the South Dakota Lung Association. I was privileged to join

our team leader Jim Freiss the last 3 years Riding for the Puppies in support of

The Seeing Eye, Inc, the premiere guide dog training organization in the country. Together, running

and riding, the team has raised over $ 120,000 since 2018.

 I am looking forward to fundraising for The Seeing Eye again this year and riding the

2024 Long Island Puppy Ride from Boston to the Canadian border in Maine in

remembrance of Jim’s late brother, John and his guide dog, Hero.

This year’s ride will allow me to once again combine my passion for cycling while

contributing to the great work being done by The Seeing Eye.”

Previous Cycling Activities

South Dakota Lung Association Black Hills Rides

RAGBRAI (Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across

Iowa -39 years)

Cycle Oregon

Ride Idaho

Bike Virginia

Ride the Rockies

In addition to the 2024 Ride for the Puppies, I will be doing my 40th RAGBRAI in July.

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Kevin Green

Kevin Green is fundraising for The Seeing Eye Inc.

 

Donate to Kevin here

(Ride Support for Puppy Ride Long Island​)

“I am proud to be involved in Puppy Ride Long Island.  I give thanks to Jim for asking me to be part of this great group.  I am proud to be able to contribute in a small way to making the rides a success.  Over the last two years I have supported this team in their ride across the state of Ohio and most recently their ride across the state of New York!  As of last year, the team has elected me the Logistics Captain!  

 

Previous Events for the Puppies

Cincinnati to Cleveland Puppy Ride – 2022

Niagara to Long Island Puppy Ride - 2023

Upcoming Events for the Puppies

Boston to Easter Canada 2024!

Kate and David Mickle 

Kate and David are fundraising for The Seeing Eye Inc

Kate and David have family activities this year that are keeping them from joining us again!  Hope we see them again on future rides!


(Ride Support for Puppy Ride Long Island​)


“My husband (David) and I are so excited to be able to volunteer as part of the support team for this year’s Puppy Ride!
This event and The Seeing Eye, Inc. are dear to our hearts.  We witnessed first-hand how our brother John’s life dramatically improved with his seeing eye dog, Hero.  We love that we can help raise funds and awareness for the generous organization.  
The bonus is that we can support and cheer on our brother, Jim and the Puppy Ride Long Island Group!”

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