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Sound Harley hosts start of 'Puppy Putt' in Smokey Point June 18

SMOKEY POINT — Motorcycle riders will be taking to the roads on behalf on guide dogs June 18, and Sound Harley-Davidson is taking part.

Riders will roll out from Smokey Point by 10 a.m. for the ninth annual "Puppy Putt," a charity motorcycle ride to benefit Guide Dogs of America.

Riders from Sound Harley-Davidson, located at 16212 Smokey Point Blvd. in Marysville, and Northwest Harley-Davidson in Lacey will ride toward Seattle, stopping at sponsors along the way. The two groups will meet at the end of the poker run at the Machinists Union Hall, at 9125 15th Pl. S in Seattle, for an afternoon of motorcycle-themed fun, food and music.

Machinists Union District Lodge 751 organizes the annual ride, which raises money for Guide Dogs of America. Last year, District 751 Machinists raised more than $276,000 for the California-based charity, which provides guide dogs for blind and vision-impaired people across North America.

The Harley-Davidson dealers are major sponsors of the event, but organizers have declared Puppy Putt to be open to "all breeds" of motorcycles and riders. Advance registration costs $15 per rider and $5 per passenger, if done on or before June 4, and $20 per rider after June 4 up to the day of the ride. Registration information is available at www.puppyputt.com.

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