The Habitat 500 is a bicycle ride (not race) and fundraiser that covers a maximum of 500 miles over the course of 6 days. 3-day and 1-day options are also available, each with a shorter total distance.
We are basing this year's Ride around three home base communities. This allows us to alternate between loop days and travel days to the next community. Each of the loop days will offer different distance options--a standard day's distance of approximately 70 miles, and a long loop that will allow riders interested in riding the full 500 miles the ability to do so in six days.
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.
We limit participation to 135 riders. Each rider is required to pay a registration fee. 6-day or 3-day 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.