The Habitat 500 Bike Ride is a ride (not a race) and fundraiser that covers up to 500 miles over the course of 7 days. Every rider raises funds from their community and can choose the local or global Habitat for Humanity affiliate they wish to support.
In 2020 and 2021, the Ride is completely virtual, with participants cycling in their own communities and raising funds for Habitat for Humanity.
There are no fundraising minimums for 2021, but each rider is strongly encouraged to set their own fundraising goals. We have also provided the following suggested minimums:
- Level 1: $500: first-year riders
- Level 2: $1,000: returning riders or new riders looking for a bigger challenge
- Level 3: $2,500
- Level 4:$5,000
- Level 5: $20,000: if you’d like to beat our current top fundraiser!
Or, out-fundraise yourself: Your 2020 fundraising total plus 15%! If you’re looking for a personalized challenge, look at your fundraising total from your most recent Ride and see if you can beat yourself by 15% (or more!)
The average amount raised is over $2,300 per rider in an average year. Each rider also pays a registration fee.
Registration Fee Options:
- $50: This is the basic registration fee for the Habitat 500: Bike @ Home.
- $150: As many of you know, the time and resources that go into planning the Habitat 500 Bike Ride are substantial. Planning for the 2021 Ride began in September of 2020. If you are able to pay it, this higher registration fee will help Habitat Minnesota better cover all costs involved in planning this event, from staff to fundraising management to supplies and postage for rider packets. And, as a thank you, look for an extra item or two in your rider packet!
- $300: Similar to the $150 fee, this higher registration will help Habitat Minnesota better cover all costs involved in planning this event, from staff to fundraising management to supplies and postage for rider packets. As a thank you, there will be a couple extra items in your rider packet, including one exclusive to this registration level!
Any of the fees get you your rider packet (including button, bike plate, safety instructions, and a t-shirt); your own peer-to-peer fundraising page on OneCause; resources and guidance on fundraising; access to all virtual events and programs held before and during July 11 – 17, 2021; and helps to cover costs involved with putting on the Ride.
A key component of the ride is to raise awareness about the need for decent, safe, affordable housing.
This ride is coordinated and hosted by Habitat for Humanity of Minnesota, the state support organization. Interested in learning more? Visit hfhmn.org.