The Habitat 500 is a fundraising event aimed at increasing awareness about the need for decent and affordable housing.
About Habitat 500:
The Habitat 500 is a bicycle ride (not a race) and fundraiser that covers 500 miles over the course of 7 days (an average of 71 miles per day). Each rider raises funds from family, friends, businesses, and church groups and designates the Habitat for Humanity affiliates they wish to support. This ride is coordinated and hosted by Habitat for Humanity of Minnesota.
The 2018 Habitat 500 will take place July 15-21, 2018. Our welcome/orientation meeting is scheduled for July 14 at 7:30 PM, with a new rider orientation meeting scheduled for 6:30 PM.
The full week ride lasts July 15-21. Three-day riders choose between riding July 15-17th or July 19-21st, with the 18th as an optional day for either choice.
The Habitat 500 Bike Ride is open to a limit of 135 multi-day riders ages 13+ (youth riders ages 13-17 must be accompanied by an adult). Participants taking on the full week will have a passion for long distance biking, can manage to ride 500 miles in seven days across Minnesota and are willing to fundraise for Habitat for Humanity locally and/or globally.
Each year is a new route; we tour around the Midwest (mostly Minnesota) visiting Habitat affiliates, Habitat work sites and Habitat homeowners along the way (in addition to roadside attractions). Habitat affiliates serve as our local hosts for overnight stays.
Each 3-day rider must raise $700, and each 7-day rider must raise a minimum of $1,000. 1-day alumni riders must raise $250. The Habitat 500 can accommodate a maximum of 135 multi-day riders.
To ensure a spot on the Ride, participants must register online and submit their registration fee. As a reminder, riders get to select up to three Habitat affiliates to receive the funds they raise (net of expenses not covered by registration fees + sponsorships).
This year’s overnight stops:
July 14-16: Becker Community Center, Becker (Registration)
July 16-17: Royalton High School, Royalton
July 17-19: Runestone Community Center, Alexandria (bike.home. affiliate)
July 19-20: Staples-Motley High School, Staples
July 20-21: Pioneer Elementary School, Pierz
July 21: Becker Community Center (Finish line celebration)
HABITAT 500 ALUMNI SPONSORSHIP FUND: The Habitat 500 Alumni Sponsorship Fund allows former riders to make donations to help keep the ride going and financially viable. A list of alumni sponsors will be displayed at the ride so others can know of the support being given by past riders. Donations to the Alumni Sponsorship Fund will be combined into one sponsorship of the 2018 Habitat 500.
HABITAT 500 LEGACY FUND: For those who wish to give more, we're establishing a Habitat 500 Legacy Fund through which former riders can make a larger donation ($500 minimum) which will be used over the following ten years to support the ride (1/10 applied each year). Legacy Sponsors will be recognized during the Habitat 500 as well.
If you would like to make a donation to either the Alumni Sponsorship Fund or the Legacy Fund, please mail your check (written out to "Habitat 500") to the following address and add a note of which fund you would like to designate it to:
c/o Habitat for Humanity of Minnesota
2171 University Ave W, Ste 200
Saint Paul, MN 55114
HABITAT 5OO ALUMNI ONE-DAY RIDES: Starting this year alumni riders can do a one-day ride on either Sunday (7/15/18) or Wednesday (7/18/18) of the Habitat 500. The Habitat 500 is now set up so that alumni stay two nights at the beginning of the ride - Saturday and Sunday. The ride starts at 8:00 AM rather than 7:00 AM. The ride will be only around 60 miles with the normal SAG option if that ends up being too long.
There is also the Wednesday option, the "Bike, Build Or Breather Day." It is a 100-mile ride (out and back) with the normal SAG option. The important thing is that alumni can participate in the ride, but limit their time and physical demands to just one day. The registration fee for alumni will be $50 with the donation requirement being only $250. Click here to sign up for either of these rides.
ALUMNI VOLUNTEERS: The 2018 Habitat 500 is in need of volunteers. One way you could remain connected with the ride is to become a volunteer. You can still be a critical part of the Habitat 500 but just in a different way. Several of our alumni are now helping out in this way. Their intimate personal knowledge as a rider helps make them great volunteers. Email Habitat500@hfhmn.org to learn more about the volunteer spots we still need to fill this year.
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