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Habitat 500 Bike Ride will convene in Fergus Falls this July

After two years of virtual ride events, the 30th anniversary ride will offer both virtual and hybrid options.

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A home provided by Habitat for Humanity in Perham
Perham Focus file photo

Habitat for Humanity Minnesota is partnering with Fergus Falls Area Habitat for Humanity on a bike ride event to raise awareness and funds for affordable housing in the state.

Since 1993, the Habitat 500 Bike Ride has raised funds and awareness for Habitat for Humanity. After two years of Bike @ Home events (a virtual riding event), the 30th anniversary Ride will offer both Bike @ Home and hybrid options for participation.

Riders from all over the state and surrounding areas will be gathering in Fergus Falls from July 14-17 for a build day and three days of biking.

“We know that if you have the stability of good housing, you do better in school, you stay healthier; it starts you on that path that we want every family and every child to have that opportunity,” said Jonathan Reckford, CEO of Habitat for Humanity International, in a press release.

On July 14, riders and volunteers will have the opportunity for hands-on building at a Habitat for Humanity site construction in Fergus Falls.

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Longtime rider Lilah Aas said, “I remember a few years ago this little girl was there with her mom and siblings and said, ‘Do you wanna see my bedroom?’ Of course, the house was nothing but studs, but she takes me over to it and says, ‘It’s gonna be pink!’ As a teacher all my life for my career, knowing the importance of having a good safe home, it’s just beyond belief what a difference that makes in the way a kid grows up. That’s a huge impact!”

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

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