500 mile bike ride to raise funds for Habitat for Humanity
A total of 135 bikers and 40 volunteers will soon be heading to Osakis.
They are participating in the Habitat 500 Bike Ride July 13-19. Now in its 22nd year, the ride is a 500-mile journey across central Minnesota.
The annual fundraiser is organized by Habitat for Humanity of Minnesota. The ride raises funds and awareness to provide low-income families with safe, decent, affordable homes.
Participants will bike 50 to 100 miles each day on the ride, making six overnight stops around Minnesota.
This year’s route kicks off in St. Joseph, and then travels through Osakis, Menahga, Bemidji, Pine River and Little Falls before circling back to St. Joseph.
Riders will spend two nights in Bemidji, where they will have the opportunity to work on the sites of two houses of the Habitat 500’s “bike. home.” project through a partnership with Northwoods Habitat for Humanity.
One of the homes is a new construction site and the other is a project of “A Brush with Kindness.”
“A Brush with Kindness” is a program by Habitat for Humanity that aims to improve the existing housing stock and keep people in their homes.
“Each July, I get to see first hand what an incredible job Habitat for Humanity does and how they impact local commu-nities. The week is challenging, but I get to ride through beautiful lake country, I get to visit with old friends, and I get to promote and raise funds for a truly incredible organization,” says veteran Habitat 500 rider, Kim Livezey-Eisenbarth, who will participate in the ride for the 16th time this year. “That’s what keeps me coming back each year.”
Each participant is required to raise a minimum of $1,000 to participate in the ride, but they typically raise much more, averaging $2,700 per person.
This year’s fundraising goal is to raise $400,000 to help create additional affordable housing opportunities in partnership with low-income families.
Since its inception in 1993, $5.19 million have been raised through the Habitat 500 Bike Ride in support of Habitat for Humanity home construction, contributing to the 2,200 homes built by Minnesota affiliates.
For more information on how to get involved, visit www.habitat500.org.