Habitat 500 cyclists to stop in Pierz July 14

21st anniversary bike ride will travel 500 miles to benefit Habitat for Humanity

Now in its 21st year, the Habitat 500 bike ride will stop in Pierz, Sunday, July 14, during a week-long trek through northeastern Minnesota with 130 cyclists and 40 volunteers, all in order to raise funds and awareness to build safe, decent and affordable homes in partnership with low-income families.

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. Participants will bike 50 – 100 miles each day on the ride, making six overnight stops in cities in northeastern Minnesota. This year’s route kicks off in Becker; then travels through Pierz, Aitkin, Grand Rapids, Cromwell and Mora before circling back into Becker.

Habitat 500 participants will spend two nights in Grand Rapids, where they will have the opportunity to participate in the Habitat 500’s bike home, a super-energy-efficient Habitat home that riders help build. This year’s bike home is also Minnesota’s 2,100th Habitat for Humanity home. Riders will work in partnership with the Itasca County Habitat for Humanity affiliate and the Buesing family, a single mother with two children, who was selected as the partner family, to celebrate the construction of this landmark home.

Each participant is required to raise a minimum of $950 to take part in the ride, but typically raises much more, averaging $2,700 per person. This year’s 21st anniversary fundraising goal is to raise $350,000 to help create additional affordable housing opportunities in partnership with low-income families. Since its inception in 1993, $4.86 million dollars have been raised through the Habitat 500 for Habitat for Humanity home construction, contributing to the 2,100 homes built by Minnesota affiliates.

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

Pierz is located within the service area of the Habitat for Humanity of Morrison County affiliate.

Habitat for Humanity of Morrison County is part of a global, nonprofit housing organization operated on Christian principles that seek to put God’s love into action by building homes, communities and hope. Habitat for Humanity of Morrison County is dedicated to eliminating substandard housing locally and worldwide through constructing, rehabilitating and preserving homes; by advocating for fair and just housing policies; and by providing training and access to resources to help families improve their shelter conditions.