For a quarter of a century, the Habitat for Humanity of Minnesota’s Habitat 500 Bike Ride has sent cyclists across Minnesota, biking 500 miles to raise funds and awareness to help Habitat for Humanity build strength, stability, and self-reliance through shelter. This year marks the 25th anniversary of the ride, which runs from July 9th through July 15th. Cyclists will begin in Victoria with overnight stops in Hutchinson, Sauk Rapids, Forest Lake, and Cannon Falls before returning to Victoria.
Since Habitat Minnesota took over coordination of the ride in 2002, the Habitat 500 Bike Ride has raised $4.6 million to support Habitat for Humanity home construction. The ride has contributed to Minnesota’s local Habitat for Humanity offices building 2,500 homes with families across the state. Every rider, every donation, and every home is a bold action taken towards a world where everyone has a decent and affordable place to live. Habitat homes help families build financial stability, invest in education, and reach new education and employment opportunities. Such success would not have been possible without the dedication and support of the riders, volunteers, and local towns, many of whom have been participating in the ride for years.
In this year’s Habitat 500, riders will arrive in Forest Lake on July 13. After a long day of bicycling nearly 80 miles, they will spend the night at Southwest Junior High School. The Church of St. Genevieve will provide dinner before riders attend a ceremony celebrating riders who have participated in the Habitat 500 for 20 years. The next morning the ride will continue with riders heading towards Cannon Falls.
For more information on how to get involved, visit www.habitat500.org.