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About the Ride

Join us for the Annual Red Ribbon Ride in 2014. This is a four day, nearly 300 mile bike ride that will start with an Opening Ceremony at 6:30am at the Mall of America on Thursday, July 17th, and end with a closing ceremony at the beautiful State Capitol in St. Paul, July 20th at 1:30pm. The Ride Will travel to a new area of the state...going southwest to overnight stays in Belle Plaine, Mankato, and Waconia. Travel with hundreds of other the Ride benefit eight incredible Minnesota AIDS service organizations. They are: African American AIDS Task Force, The Aliveness Project, Clare Housing, Hope House of St. Croix Valley, Minnesota AIDS Project, Park House, One Heartland and Rural AIDS Action Network.  Learn more about our benefiting agencies.

Mission
The mission of Minnesota Fighting AIDS on Bikes (MN-FAB) is to educate the public about HIV and to raise funds and awareness to support Minnesota AIDS service organizations. To do this, we will organize and produce the Red Ribbon Ride - a safe ride for the participants and fiscally responsible for the benefiting agencies.

 

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Riders


      

As a Rider, the fundraising goal you are required to meet is $1500 in donations to participate. Fundraising and training can be a challenge, but then again, isn't living with a life-threatening disease also a challenge?  Our Rider Coaches are there to help you with your fundraising plan. Once you register you will get sample fundraising letters, hundreds of fundraising tips and ideas, information about hosting a fundraising Houseparty (a quick and easy way to raise a big chunk, if not all, of your donations in one night!), and support from your Rider Coach and the Ride office. 

Like many of the people who will be participating in our event, you're probably not the Lance Armstrong type.  Very few of us are.  The Red Ribbon Ride is for persons of all ages, abilities and cycling strengths.  Maybe you don't have a bike, or know anything about cycling at all.  Well, that's okay with us - we're comfortable and ready for that.  We will support you in your training every step (or should we say, pedal) of the way.  Whether it's shopping for a bike, learning to switch gears (for those who haven't ridden a bike in many years, yes, bikes now have gears!), or preparing you for hill climbs, we're here for you.  You will be assigned a personal Rider Coach who will be your support from the time you register until you cross the finish line.  And remember one thing, this is a ride, not a race

On the Ride

The Red Ribbon Ride gives you a chance to be a part of something BIG! Something AMAZING! And something worth writing home about. This is your chance to ride with hundreds of others just like you through the beautiful scenery of southern Minnesota. 

We provide hot catered meals at camp, a tasty bagged lunch, daily water and snack stops (Pit Stops), shower facilities, evening activities, road markings, transportation of your gear, first aid support, massage and chiropractic services, 24-hour bike and camp security, bike mechanics from long-time sponsor, Erik's Bike Shop for problems or repairs, transport if you are unable to finish your day due to unforeseen circumstances and shelter in case of severe weather.

Don't wait, register today!

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Crew


Crew members are not required to raise money but a goal of $250 is suggested. Crew members will be assigned a Crew Manager to support them on their journey. On the Red Ribbon Ride you are never alone!

Joining the Crew is a great way to share the adventure. It's also your chance to experience feelings of humanity, cooperation, and joy. You actually become the human support structure for the Ride.  As a Crew member, you make the magic happen for the Riders. 

What is the Crew?
The Crew is a team of people that work together like a fine-tuned machine, with respect for one another and a sense of dignity to make the Minnesota Red Ribbon Ride happen. Crew members travel with the Ride, are with us for the duration, and stay with the Riders in camp each night.

What's Crewing all about?
Service. Responsibility. Positive solutions to interesting challenges. Making promises. Keeping promises. Growth. Support. And most of all, teamwork.

Where would I fit in on the Crew?
It depends on your skills and what you'd like to do.  You can find a list of Crew team descriptions by clicking here

How is the Crew trained?
We take care of everything when it comes to getting you prepared to perform your job on the Crew. As a Crew member, your manager will communicate the expectations of crewing and what you can do to prepare for the Ride. Road Crews will have a training day in June, called "Day on the Ride". We provide 'on the Ride training' and is required for road-based crews.

Don't wait, Register today!

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Volunteers


Maybe you can't get the time off in July to participate but are excited about getting involved -then volunteering is for you. Opportunities include helping check-in crew and riders a few days before the ride and at Opening & Closing Ceremonies. Check out our Volunteer Opportunties on our website. There are no registration fees for volunteers. To register, go to "Register Here" and complete the form. We will contact you about the volunteer opportunities available for you to choose from.

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Registration & Fees  
Both Riders and Crew are responsible for paying a $75, non-refundable, non transferable registration fee.  You must be 18 years of age by the first day of the ride, to participate.  You can register for the Ride on this website (click on the Red "Register" button) or by downloading a registration form and mailing it in.

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The Route

       

What is beautiful, challenging, and incredibly rewarding all at the same time? We will be taking you on a four-day, scenic ride through southwestern Minnesota. A mixture of hills and flatlands combined with Midwestern charm is something not to be missed. The new route doesn't have as many hills as the original route, not even close. 

New Route for 2014!!

  • Day 1, July 17:  Starts at Mall of America West Market Square (new location for 2014), Bloomington, MN; Opening Ceremony 6:30am, Ride out 6:55am; Overnight at Belle Plaine, Junior & Senior High School, 220 Market St., Belle Plaine
  • Day 2, July 18:  Mankato Loyola Catholic High School, 123 Good Counsel Drive, Mankato
  • Day 3, July 19:  Waconia High School, 1400 Community Drive, Waconia (Friend & Family Night)
  • Day 4, July 20:  Closing Ceremony at the beautiful State Capitol, St. Paul, 1:30pm

*Locations subject to change as we confirm permits throughout the year.

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