Bike Greater Minnesota to
End HIV

Bike Greater Minnesota to
End HIV

2 days. 100+ miles. Fully supported bicycle ride to fund HIV/AIDS services

Aug 20-22

2021

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What It Is

The Red Ribbon Ride is a fully supported, 2 day, 100+ mile bike ride through the wilderness of Minnesota benefiting three HIV/AIDS service organizations in Minnesota: the Aliveness Project, One Heartland, and Rural AIDS Action Network. Whether you are first time rider, experienced veteran, looking for a physical challenge, want to experience the beauty of Minnesota on a bicycle or have a connection to the cause, the Red Ribbon Ride is for you.

How It Works

  • 1

    Register

    Register as a rider or crew and set up your individual fundraising page. You can also start or join a team!

  • 2

    Fundraise

    Invite your friends, family, coworkers, and social network to support you in meeting your $1,500 goal!

  • 3

    Ride

    Participate in individual or group trainings to ensure you’re ready to tackle the 100+ miles to Duluth!

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Beneficiary Organizations

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The Aliveness
Project

The Aliveness Project was founded in 1985 by folks living with HIV/AIDS in South Minneapolis. In the midst of the HIV/AIDS epidemic, our founders came together over potlucks for their friends and loved ones living with HIV/AIDS who were struggling to meet their basic needs. We seek to continue our community-centric approach into our work today by staying responsive to the evolving needs of our members. In the 35 years since our founding, we have grown our programming to include daily meals, a food shelf, case management, and prevention efforts to communities who are disproportionately affected by HIV in Minnesota, namely, men who have sex with men, low-income communities, immigrant communities, and transgender communities.

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One
Heartland

One Heartland is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of children, youth and families facing HIV/AIDS and other life challenges. At the heart of this mission are its camp programs at its flagship facility in Willow River, MN, where hundreds of campers, every year, enjoy the fun and freedom of camp, while also making friends and gaining crucial peer and professional support to help them live better lives, year round. One Heartland’s camp program is the largest camping and care program for children affected by HIV/AIDS. More than 75 percent of Camp Heartland’s participants live in poverty, and One Heartland is able to provide these programs free of charge thanks to donations to the Red Ribbon Ride, as well as the generosity of other donors and corporations.

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Rural AIDS
Action Network

RAAN leads rural Minnesota in the fight to stop HIV through a broad array of client services, risk reduction, advocacy and awareness. In its 21 years of service, RAAN has served over 10,000 individuals. RAAN’s experienced staff provide the following programs and services to clients in 80 counties outside of the Twin Cities metro area: medical case management, benefits counseling, food voucher/nutrition program, transportation assistance, mental health access/support groups, outreach and education, early intervention services, syringe exchange, positive care program, HIV testing, HIV healthnet, and access/enrollment to MNSure.

RAAN envisions rural communities where persons living with or affected by HIV/AIDS live dignified lives and receive quality medical care and wrap-around services, and where communities understand the realities of transmission and prevention.

Ready to Change Lives?

You can do it!

You can go the distance!

When you get on your bike for the Red Ribbon Ride, you will be riding in honor of all those we have lost to HIV/AIDS and support all those living with HIV.

Be a Hero!

Help Keep the Ride Rolling!

Our volunteers are critical to creating the “traveling love bubble” that has become the hallmark of the Red Ribbon Ride. Volunteers help with organizing the route, running pit stops, caring for riders, and bringing the fun! These folks are the early risers and go getters with big hearts to keep the ride rolling through the finish line.

Bring your family,  friends, or coworkers

with you on your mission to support HIV/AIDS service organizations!

Teams can be a powerful force in coordinating training, raising awareness in new spaces, and pushing all of its members to new heights.

Make an impact in the HIV/AIDS sector

without having to push one pedal.

Our non-crew volunteers help make the event run smoothly from kickoff to after party, but don’t have to travel with the love bubble. These folks help with setup, check-in, and check-out to make sure the event comes off without a hitch.

Be a leader in the business community

by sponsoring the Red Ribbon Ride!

You will also benefit from visibility among the thousands of donors, riders, volunteers, and community supporters of the Ride. For information about sponsorship, please contact Matt Boston at mattb@aliveness.org.

Event Safety

The 2021 Red Ribbon Ride will be unlike any past ride.

We will have both in-person and virtual participation options. We will be closely monitoring CDC guidelines and Minnesota state guidelines to ensure a safe and healthy event. In order to keep socially distant, we have a limited capacity for in-person riders and crew to join us at Camp One Heartland. We have the capacity for 50 riders and 30 crew to stay at One Heartland in order to socially distance and be as safe as possible. This will of course change depending on how the pandemic is being resolved.

About Red Ribbon Ride

The Red Ribbon Ride began in 2003 after the Twin Cities to Chicago AIDS Ride ended. The Ride started in order to continue raising vital funds to support HIV/AIDS service organizations in Minnesota. The Board of Directors, Community Members and some staff of the previous event worked hard to ensure the mission continued.

The Red Ribbon Ride intentionally travels through rural Minnesota to raise community awareness along the route. Awareness is also raised every time a Red Ribbon Ride participant solicits donations from the people they know. The money raised enables One Heartland, Rural AIDS Action Network and the Aliveness Project to provide a wide range of HIV-related services that help in prevention, care, and outreach for people living with HIV in Minnesota.

Steeped in history and community, the Red Ribbon Ride is open to all and is a welcoming place to make a difference.