“The ride is both a physical challenge but more so a wonderful, uplifting, enlivening tour through our beautiful state of MN. It’s a great and worthy cause: decent, affordable homes in partnership with families in need of adequate housing.” –longtime Habitat 500 Rider

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About Riding in the Habitat 500

The Habitat 500 is 500 mile bicycle ride. Most of our participants ride the full 500 miles over a week, but there are also shorter options to ride for three days or one day if a week is too long!

The 2020 Habitat 500 will take place July 12-18, 2020. Our welcome/orientation meeting is scheduled for July 11 at 7:30 PM, with a new rider orientation meeting scheduled for 6:30 PM.


All riders must check in at Rest Stop #2 and the overnight location. Riders must wear a helmet at all times while on a bicycle.

Please watch our safety video before starting your ride. Our sincere thanks to the committee members and volunteers who put the video together! Find the video here.

Thanks to the addition of our route planning sub-committee, established prior to the 2018 Ride, our route received a 98% approval rating in our annual survey! This is the highest approval the route has had in four years.

The routes below are still in progress. Routes are subject to change up until the very beginning of the Habitat 500 Bike Ride. Riders will receive final directions upon arrival at check-in.

2020 Route:

We are in the process of finalizing the Ride map. Check back in to see the short loop, long loop, and the mileage on MapMyRide.

Day 1 — July 12, 2020 (Pequot Lakes Loop)

Day 2 — July 13, 2020 (Pequot Lakes to Bemidji)

Day 3 — July 14, 2020 (Bemidji Loop)

Day 4 — July 15, 2020 (Bemidji to Menahga)

Day 5 — July 16, 2020 (Menahga to Pillager)

Day 6 — July 19, 2019 (Pillager to Pequot Lakes)

2020 Route map to come.


Step 1: Sign up to ride using the button above.

Step 2: Review the rider guidelines and handbook

Step 3: Raise money! (See chart below for fundraising minimums)

Ride Length Fundraising Minimum Registration Fee
7-Day Ride
(July 12-18th)
$500 $300 (early bird until 3/31) (all new riders)

$400 (after 3/31)

3-Day Ride
(July 12-14th or July 16-18th)
$500 $300 (early bird until 3/31) (all new riders)

$400 (after 3/31)

1-Day Ride
(July 12th or July 14th)
$250 $100

Registration Payment

If you choose to pay via check, please enter “PayOffline” as the coupon code during registration. Please mail a check (written out to “Habitat 500”) for the appropriate registration fee amount (see chart above) to the following address:

Habitat 500
c/o Habitat for Humanity of Minnesota
2171 University Ave W, Suite 200
Saint Paul, MN 55114

(Please note that online payment options are available when registering!)

Habitat 500 Cancellation Policy

As an outdoor event, all aspects of the Habitat 500—food, entertainment, and events—are subject to weather and all registration fees are non-refundable for any reason, including weather-related cancellations, postponements of all or part of the activities associated with the Habitat 500 Bike Ride, unforeseeable circumstances, or riders’ personal conflicts or circumstances.

If you register and pay for the Ride and are unable to participate, your registration fee may be transferred to another rider, provided this is done at least two weeks prior to the start of the Ride. It is the responsibility of the rider cancelling their participation to find another rider to transfer their registration fee to. No registration fees carry over from year to year.

As stated in the Habitat 500 waiver signed during registration, each rider/volunteer’s participation in the event is subject to the sole discretion of Habitat Minnesota’s representatives. Should you be requested to discontinue your participation for medical, safety, or any other reason, you must immediately end your participation and carry out such directives as issue by Habitat Minnesota.