The Habitat 500 is a bicycle ride (not race) and fundraiser that covers a maximum of 500 miles over the course of 7 days. A 500K option will be available in 2020, as will 3-day and 1-day options.
We are basing this year's Ride around four home base communities. This allows us to alternate between loop days and travel days to the next community.
Each rider raises funds from family, friends, businesses, and church groups and designates the Habitat for Humanity affiliates they wish to support (both locally and around the world). This ride is coordinated and hosted by Habitat for Humanity of Minnesota.
Each rider is required to pay a registration fee and raise funds.
Fundraising: Multi-day (7 or 3) riders must raise a minimum of $500, and 1-day riders must raise at least $250.
Each year is a new route; we tour around 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.
A key component of the ride is to raise awareness about the need for decent, safe, affordable housing. In this regard, we are in contact with all forms of media to generate coverage and we find the ride is a very attractive story for newspapers, radio, TV, etc. - we bring a lot of excitement wherever we go.