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Three local riders to bike 500 miles to benefit Habitat for Humanity (07/11/2012)
7 Days. 500 Miles. 135 Bicycles. 1 Cause.

Three local riders will bike 500 miles to benefit Habitat for Humanity

Now in its 20th year, the Habitat 500 bike ride will embark with 135 cyclists and 40 volunteers on a 500-mile journey July 15th -21st through south-central Minnesota, all in order to raise funds and awareness to build safe, decent, affordable housing in partnership with people in need.

Carol Girard, Bert Mohs, and Deb Hegland, all of Winona, will be riding in this annual fundraising bike ride organized by Habitat for Humanity of Minnesota. They will bike 50 to 100 miles each day, making six overnight stops in cities in south-central Minnesota. Mohs, a 2-year veteran, says I ride the Habitat ride because I believe very strongly in the Habitat mission of affordable housing for those in need of some assistance to acheive that goal.

This years route kicks off in St. Louis Park from the build site of the 2,000th Habitat home to be built in Minnesota. The route then travels through Hastings, New Prague, and Hutchinson (with an optional 100-mile loop), and continues on to New Ulm and Mayer before circling back into St. Louis Park.

Riders will spend two nights in Hutchinson, where they will have the opportunity to spend the day building on Minnesotas 2,001st Habitat for Humanity home. Riders will work in partnership with the Crow River Habitat for Humanity affiliate and the Wolff family, a single mother with five children who was selected as a partner family, to celebrate the construction of this landmark home. Girard, participating in her 3rd Habitat 500, says the week is physically exhausting, but emotionally rewarding. The day we build on the habitat house is the most rewarding. To be part of transforming a cement slab into a completely framed house including roof trusses in just one day is an awesome feeling of accomplishment.

Each participant is required to raise a minimum of $900 to participate in the ride, but typically raises much more, averaging $2,400 per person. This years 20th Anniversary fundraising goal is to raise $300,000 to help create additional affordable housing opportunities for low-income families across the country and around the world.

Hegland, a first-year rider, says I am actually getting a little bit nervous. I am also so excited to meet the other riders and volunteers who will be contributing to the 20th Anniversary ride.

For more information on how to get involved, please visit www.habitat500.org.



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