Now in its 21st year, the Habitat 500 bike ride will embark with 135 bikers and 40 volunteers on a 500-mile journey July 14th - 20th through northeastern Minnesota, all in order to raise funds and awareness to provide low-income families with safe, decent and affordable homes.
The Habitat 500, an annual fundraising bike ride organized by Habitat for Humanity of Minnesota, gives riders the chance to build a cycle of hope for families across the world from the seat of their bicycle.
Four riders from Winona will participate in the Habitat 500 this year; Carol Gerard, Bert Mohs, Deb Hegland, and Bryan Hegland.
Participants will bike 50 to 100 miles each day on the ride, making six overnight stops in cities in northeastern Minnesota.
Riders will spend two nights in Grand Rapids, where they will have the opportunity to participate in the Habitat 500's bike.home., a Habitat home that riders help build.
This year's 21st Anniversary fundraising goal is to raise 350-thousand dollars to help create additional affordable housing opportunities for low-income families.