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Pedaling4Paws participants cycling 500 miles to benefit animal shelters

Published On: Jun 18 2013 02:16:49 PM EDT   Updated On: Jun 18 2013 05:59:49 PM EDT

A group of bicyclists has hit the road for a 500-mile trip to benefit select animal shelters.

CUMRU TWP., Pa. -

A group of bicyclists has hit the road for a 500-mile trip to benefit select animal shelters.

One of the lucky shelters is the Animal Rescue League in Cumru Twp., Berks Co., where the group, Pedaling4Paws, took a break Tuesday morning on its way from West Chester to Ogdensburg, N.Y.

"This is called Pedaling4Paws. It's our fifth annual ride. It's a five-day, 500-mile bike ride. It benefits animal shelters along the way. It benefits 15, 16 and actually 17 shelters that we support," said Viktor Ohnjec, founder.

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The group raised more than $17,000 last year. Organizers said they hope to top $25,000 this year.