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.
- Date: October 3, 2015
- Registration: 10:00am
- Ride Begins: 11:00am
- Walk Begins: 11:00am
- Start/finish: Feeding America West Michigan Food Bank, 864 W River Center Dr NE, Comstock Park, MI, 49321
- Scroll down for location, maps, contact and RIDE Day details.
The RIDE start and finish location will be at:
Feeding America West Michigan Food Bank
864 W River Center Dr NE
Comstock Park, MI
Just a reminder that the start location is at 864 W River Center Drive and not directly on West River Drive. W River Center Drive is the street right next to Wendy's. Just follow it around to Feeding America - you can't miss the big tent!
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
We always have a great lunch for our riders and volunteers and welcome you to linger and enjoy. A special thanks to Cyril Catering and Sysco for providing fresh made wood fired pizza. See more about Cyril at his page https://www.facebook.com/Cyril-Catering-382821898447217/timeline/
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 & CHECKS: Post all of your cash and check donations online
Log in to your personal fundraising page and post all cash and check donations online. Bring all cash/checks to registration check in. Print off the the MY RESULTS FORM to bring with you.
- If you haven't posted your cash & check 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 checks 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 Options Include
- 5 mile RIDE
- 10 mile RIDE
- 25 mile RIDE
- 5 km (3 mile) WALK
The route this year for all riders is the White Pine Trail Michigan's longest rail trail at 92 miles. Rest stops will be available at the halfway point on all distances so you can adjust your day depending on how you feel. At each rest stop you can refill your water bottle or take a break.
This year for the first time the RIDE is limiting cyclists to 5, 10, 25 mile ride, or 5km walk distances only.
The walk distance is made up of two laps and along a route separate from the riders for everyone's safety.
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 as it will be cold in the morning and cool all day
- 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 for which you're riding or walking
Saturday will be cool, with wind and the afternoon will be gorgeous and sunny. Be sure to keep your eye on the forecast!
Terry Barnes Event Director
Alt Phone: 6165813464
All routes are generously marked with bright RIDE signage, staffed by friendly volunteers, and include rest stops with water and snacks along the way.
Captain: Timothy Sliedrecht
Raised: $9,455.00 | Members: 7
Captain: Barry Haven
Raised: $3,395.00 | Members: 11
Captain: Kent Bosma
Raised: $2,436.13 | Members: 12
Captain: TJ Grabianowski
Raised: $1,875.00 | Members: 2
Captain: Nicole Wallinga
Raised: $1,625.00 | Members: 12
Captain: Kristine Van Noord
Raised: $1,550.00 | Members: 6
Captain: Kaitlyn Naveed
Raised: $1,500.00 | Members: 2
Captain: Deb Hoekwater
Raised: $1,330.00 | Members: 18
Captain: Jodi Gee GRCC Exercise Science
Raised: $1,075.00 | Members: 8
Captain: Debra Nederhood
Raised: $880.00 | Members: 5
Captain: Rebecca Helmus
Raised: $800.00 | Members: 6
Captain: Ryan Radcliff
Raised: $750.00 | Members: 7
Captain: Kerrie Battige
Raised: $675.00 | Members: 4
Captain: Michelle Baas
Raised: $620.00 | Members: 2
Captain: David Bowman
Raised: $550.00 | Members: 1
Captain: Christine Mwangi
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Captain: Teresa Janzen
Raised: $500.00 | Members: 6
Captain: Dhan Khatiwoda
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Captain: Earl Culver
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Captain: Krista DeVries
Raised: $450.00 | Members: 2
Captain: Leland Hovingh
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Captain: Charis Brown
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Captain: Eleazar Lopez
Raised: $325.00 | Members: 4
Captain: Dwyne Patrick
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Captain: Meegan Gless
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Captain: Candace Angell
Raised: $170.00 | Members: 2
Captain: Phil Hajek
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Captain: Deng Jongkuch
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Captain: Genevieve Sabala
Raised: $50.00 | Members: 4
Captain: Daniel Happ
Raised: $25.00 | Members: 2
Captain: Julie Slagter
Raised: $0.00 | Members: 2
Captain: Dona Abbott
Raised: $0.00 | Members: 1