Red Ribbon Ride Reprises

The sixth annual Minnesota Red Ribbon Ride, July 17-20, is off to a great start. The four-day, almost-300-mile bike ride—from Lake City to Rochester, Northfield, and the Twin Cities—already has registered 223 riders and 108 crew members. It has raised an amazing $87,500, with almost three months left to reach the goal of $700,000.

Each rider is expected to raise a modest donation of $1,500, and the crew, although under no such requirement, has a $250 suggested target.

First-time riders, or even alumni coming back for another year, don’t need to worry about riding 300 miles in four days. Each rider is assigned a coach. This individual not only helps train riders on how best to prepare for the long journey, but also assists those worried about meeting their fund-raising goals. A coach, who know exactly what it’s like to be on a multiday cycling event, has experience and a wealth of knowledge to share. According to the Red Ribbon Ride, he or she is “your main point of contact and your rock of support.”

Seven area HIV/AIDS organizations benefit from the anticipated $700,000 dollars to be taken in by the event: African American AIDS Task Force, The Aliveness Project, Clare Housing, Hope House of St. Croix Valley, Minnesota AIDS Project, Park House, and Rural AIDS Action Network.

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