Ride For A Reason: Multi-Charity Bikeathon

On Saturday September 18 from 9am-noon more than 15 wonderful charities will Ride For A Reason to support their causes in this fun “short course” social bicycling event starting and ending at the magnificent timber-framed Vicksburg Community Pavilion in scenic southwest Michigan. This is one of the biggest events of its kind ever — a first you won’t want to miss!

No invitation is needed. Riders, supporters & non-riding friends — click on the name of your favorite Participating Charity (below) to show your support by joining your favorite team. All riders who register in advance will get a free cyclist’s Ice Cream cone at Apple Knocker’s Ice Cream Parlor.

If you want to ride or contribute without joining a team, that’s fine, too! To ride in BFK’s Ride For A Reason Multi-Charity Bikeathon without joining a team, register here >>BikeReg<< (click on the link) and pick the Non-Fundraising category (Riding w/o fundraising) during registration.

Participating Charities
Communities In Schools of Kalamazoo
Generous Hands, Inc.
JDRF – Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation

Kalamazoo Valley Habitat for Humanity
Kazoo Valley AMBUCS
Mental Health Foundation of West Michigan / be nice. Program
Michigan Blind Athletic Association
Ministry with Community, Inc.
Open Roads Bike Program

Paper Technology Foundation
South County Community Services
Susan Mast ALS Foundation
Vicksburg Historical Society
Vicksburg Lions Club
YWCA Kalamazoo

… together with Bike Friendly Kalamazoo … which is organizing this exciting first-ever local event as a way to build community through bicycling.

Riding Without Fundraising
Each Participating Charity is fielding its own team: a Team Captain and one or more fundraiser-riders and fundraising volunteers. Donors who click on the link below will have their contributions show up to encourage the team and support their charity. Just want to ride? Don’t know the Team Captain? Don’t feel like fundraising for the team? NO WORRIES! Keep reading.

To ride in BFK’s Ride For A Reason Multi-Charity Bikeathon without joining a team, register here >>BikeReg<< (click on the link) and pick the Non-Fundraising category (Riding w/o fundraising) during registration. You won’t be asked to raise money from your friends and family, but you will still be helping those in need out of the proceeds. You could multiply your fun and personal satisfaction by inviting your friends and family to ride with you — and by spreading the word about this fantastic fundraising ride!

Registration Fees
Fundraising Riders
Advance (June 1 – August 31): $25 Individual; $50 Family
Last-Minute Online (September 1-14): $30 Individual; $55 Family
On site Registration (Sunday Sept 18): $40 Individual; $70 Family

Riding (w/o Fundraising)
Advance (June 1 – August 31): $30 Individual; $55 Family
Last-Minute Online (September 1-14): $35 Individual; $60 Family
On site Registration (Saturday Sept. 18): $45 Individual; $75 Family

Routes. Please click HERE for route details and starting times.

T-Shirts. You will be able to purchase a commemorative T-Shirt when you register.

Parking / Other Important Details. Coming soon; likely similar to Sunday’s Bike Tour.

Thank you to our Sponsors! Our earliest supporters gave us the encouragement to move ahead with their community support and spirit. These were The Vicksburg Foundation, Gold Pacesetter Sponsors DeNooyer Automotive Family, an anonymous Gold sponsor and Silver Pacesetter Sponsor The Mill At Vicksburg!

NOW OPEN: Ride For A Reason Leaders Sponsorship Opportunity. The Multi-Charity Bikeathon can also be supported by a special group of Leaders. To learn more about becoming a Ride For A Reason Leader, please see our Sponsors page.