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Grand Rapids

raised: $37,526.13 | goal: $50,000
14 charities | 35 teams | 187 riders | 8 volunteers

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.

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


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

Yummy Food

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

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 Details

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!

Contact Info

Grand Rapids

Terry Barnes Event Director
Phone: 616583464
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.

QR Code3miLooking 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.
QR Code5miGo ahead and say yes. This is a chance to take the whole family on a gentle ride filled with purpose. Dust off that bike hanging in the garage and put it to good use supporting charities serving the displaced, vulnerable, and exploited. An hour of your time can change someones forever.
QR Code10miWant 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.
QR Code25miWhether 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. Beyond Bikers
Captain: Timothy Sliedrecht
Raised: $9,455.00 | Members: 7
2. Team Blythefield
Captain: Barry Haven
Raised: $3,395.00 | Members: 11
3. Zuni Christian Michigan Team
Captain: Kent Bosma
Raised: $2,436.13 | Members: 12
Captain: TJ Grabianowski
Raised: $1,875.00 | Members: 2
5. Little Farms Chapel
Captain: Nicole Wallinga
Raised: $1,625.00 | Members: 12
6. Another Gear
Captain: Kristine Van Noord
Raised: $1,550.00 | Members: 6
7. Team Awesome
Captain: Kaitlyn Naveed
Raised: $1,500.00 | Members: 2
8. F.O.R. (Friends of Refugees)
Captain: Deb Hoekwater
Raised: $1,330.00 | Members: 18
9. GRCC Exercise Science
Captain: Jodi Gee GRCC Exercise Science
Raised: $1,075.00 | Members: 8
10. Fishfood
Captain: Debra Nederhood
Raised: $880.00 | Members: 5
11. River Ridge Dentistry
Captain: Rebecca Helmus
Raised: $800.00 | Members: 6
12. Gear Grinders
Captain: Ryan Radcliff
Raised: $750.00 | Members: 7
13. Christman Company - West Michigan
Captain: Kerrie Battige
Raised: $675.00 | Members: 4
14. Go India
Captain: Michelle Baas
Raised: $620.00 | Members: 2
15. Healing for South Sudan
Captain: David Bowman
Raised: $550.00 | Members: 1
16. VISTA-Vengers
Captain: Christine Mwangi
Raised: $535.00 | Members: 6
17. Janzen Journey to South Sudan
Captain: Teresa Janzen
Raised: $500.00 | Members: 6
18. Refugee Riders
Captain: Dhan Khatiwoda
Raised: $500.00 | Members: 1
19. Culver - We Go the Extra Mile
Captain: Earl Culver
Raised: $455.00 | Members: 2
20. Team Gray
Captain: Krista DeVries
Raised: $450.00 | Members: 2
21. Harambee Team
Captain: Leland Hovingh
Raised: $425.00 | Members: 1
22. Feeding America West Michigan Supporters
Captain: Charis Brown
Raised: $375.00 | Members: 5
23. Team Hope
Captain: Eleazar Lopez
Raised: $325.00 | Members: 4
24. Olde Millpond Rollers
Captain: Dwyne Patrick
Raised: $325.00 | Members: 1
25. Hands (and Feet!) Connected
Captain: Kimberly Sturgeon
Raised: $295.00 | Members: 3
26. Walk the Walk
Captain: Meegan Gless
Raised: $245.00 | Members: 2
27. Flying Angells
Captain: Candace Angell
Raised: $170.00 | Members: 2
28. Cycling Nontrivialities
Captain: Phil Hajek
Raised: $130.00 | Members: 1
29. "Lost Boy" for Refugees
Captain: Deng Jongkuch
Raised: $125.00 | Members: 1
30. Flying Twinkle Stars
Captain: Genevieve Sabala
Raised: $50.00 | Members: 4
31. HAPPy Riders
Captain: Daniel Happ
Raised: $25.00 | Members: 2
32. GRap Walkers
Captain: Julie Slagter
Raised: $0.00 | Members: 2
33. Regal Walkers
Captain: Dona Abbott
Raised: $0.00 | Members: 1
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