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Grand Rapids

raised: $2,190.00 | goal: $50,000
8 charities | 16 teams | 42 participants

Ride with us October 3, 2015 in the Grand Rapids Ride for Refuge, hosted by Feeding America West Michigan in support of charities benefiting the displaced, vulnerable and exploited. Click tabs below for more information .

RIDE Day Details

Start/FinishGoogle Map

The RIDE start and finish location will be at:

Feeding America West Michigan Food Bank

864 W River Center Dr NE

Comstock Park, MI



Here's the schedule for the RIDE:

  • 10am - Registration opens
  • 10:45am - Opening Ceremonies
  • 11am - RIDE begins (all distances)
  • 11am - WALK begins
  • 11:30am - Registration closes
  • 11:30am - Lunch service begins
  • 2pm - Lunch service ends
  • 2:30pm - Route closes

Yummy Food

We always have a great lunch for our riders and volunteers and welcome you to linger and enjoy. There are no guarantees of how much food will be left after 2:00pm.

Warning: we are not able to accommodate for food sensitivities/allergies. If you have a dietary restriction, bring along some extra food/snacks. If needed, please bring your epi-pen.


CHECK-IN: All riders, walkers, and volunteers must check-in and sign a waiver form

Participants aged 17 and under must have a parent or guardian sign their waiver or bring in a pre-signed waiver form. Download waiver form under the "Tools" section of our website.

REGISTRATION FEE A registration fee of $25 may apply

Participants aged 13 or older who have not successfully raised their minimum fundraising level ($75 for 13-17 year olds and $150 for aged 18 and up), will be asked to pay a registration fee of $25.

MONEY & CHEQUES: Post all of your cash and cheque donations online

Log in to your personal fundraising page and post all cash and cheque donations online. Bring all cash/cheques to registration check in. Print off the the MY RESULTS FORM to bring with you.

  • If you haven't posted your cash & cheque donations online please ensure that you've carefully and neatly written in all your donor information onto a paper Pledge Sheet to ensure proper receipting and partner allocation. Find these on our "Tools" page.

  • Please ensure all cheques are signed, made payable to Ride for Refuge, and current dated.


Those who raise their minimum fundraising amount are eligible for our gorgeous 10oz cotton 2015 long sleeve RIDE t-shirt (which is - of course - fully accredited by the Fair Labour Association). You're going to love them. RIDE T-shirts are available while supplies last - riders of all ages must raise their minimum to earn a t-shirt (kids aged 12 and under must raise $75).

Route Details

Route Options Include

  • 5 mile RIDE
  • 10 mile RIDE
  • 25 mile RIDE
  • 5 km (3 mile) WALK

Rest stops will be available on all distances.

This year for the first time the RIDE is limiting cyclists to 5, 10, 25 mile ride, or 5km walk distances only.

All riders 12 and under must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at all times.

What to Bring

What to Bring

  • a helmet (mandatory for all riders)
  • your bike (or walking shoes!)
  • warm layers with moisture repelling clothing if cold or windy
  • water bottle - filled with icy cold water
  • a cell phone for emergencies - recommended but not required
  • your "My Results Form" - downloaded from the fundraising portal
  • a signed copy of your waiver form (RIDERS / WALKERS 17 or under must have a parent or guardian sign their waiver form)
  • any cash, or checks made out to "International Teams"
  • extra food or snacks if you have allergies or food sensitivities
  • a passion for the charity you're riding or walking for

October can be cool, with rain and wind. The weather might also be gorgeous and sunny. Be sure to keep your eye on the forecast!

Contact Info

Grand Rapids

Terry Barnes Event Director
Email: 616.855.4000


All routes are generously marked with bright RIDE signage, staffed by friendly volunteers, and include rest stops with water and snacks along the way.

Map5kmLooking for a walk along the Grand River while raising funds for your favorite Charity? Come join us for the first ever 5 KM WALK. Bring your friends, bring your family, bring the neighbors, start and team and support your favorite cause! Spend an hour of your time to change someones forever.
Map10miWant to challenge yourself and your team? Want to support your favorite cause?. Come ride and enjoy the wooded beauty of the White Pine Trail. This route should take about an hour and a half of your time and change someones forever.
Map25miWhether this is the farthest you've ever pedaled a bicycle or you ride this as a warm up - its a great time to support your favorite cause. Enjoy a paved 25 mile out and back ride along the White Pine Trail to Russell Street. There is beauty in the scenery and in your actions. A few hours of your time can change someones forever.
View Grand Rapids Scoreboard >
1. Team Blythefield
Captain: Barry Haven
Raised: $1,800.00 | Members: 7
2. GRCC Exercise Science
Captain: Jodi Gee GRCC Exercise Science
Raised: $150.00 | Members: 4
3. Gear Grinders
Captain: Ryan Radcliff
Raised: $75.00 | Members: 5
4. Keeping up with the Kinsingers
Captain: Kevin Kinsinger
Raised: $50.00 | Members: 8
5. Zuni Christian Michigan Team
Captain: Kent Bosma
Raised: $50.00 | Members: 2
6. Janzen Journey to South Sudan
Captain: Teresa Janzen
Raised: $25.00 | Members: 4
7. Feeding America West Michigan Supporters
Captain: Charis Brown
Raised: $25.00 | Members: 2
8. Yoga noi
Captain: Rebekah Wissink
Raised: $15.00 | Members: 1
9. GRap Walkers
Captain: Julie Slagter
Raised: $0.00 | Members: 2
10. Healing for South Sudan
Captain: David Bowman
Raised: $0.00 | Members: 1
11. Beyond Bikers
Captain: Timothy Sliedrecht
Raised: $0.00 | Members: 1
12. Team Awesome
Captain: Kaitlyn Naveed
Raised: $0.00 | Members: 2
13. Harambee Team
Captain: Leland Hovingh
Raised: $0.00 | Members: 1
14. Culver - We Go the Extra Mile
Captain: Earl Culver
Raised: $0.00 | Members: 1
15. VISTA-Vengers
Captain: Christine Mwangi
Raised: $0.00 | Members: 2
16. Flying Twinkle Stars
Captain: Genevieve Sabala
Raised: $0.00 | Members: 1
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