Biking for Habitat
About 135 bicyclists pedaled into the New Life Church in Princeton the morning of July 13 for a brief rest stop during the 25th annual Habitat 500, a seven-day, 500-mile bicycle trip that raises money for Habitat for Humanity. The riders started their fifth day of riding in Sauk Rapids and took their first break in Princeton before rolling on to Forest Lake for an overnight stay.
Riders felt the soggy chill of the morning as they stopped and headed to a hospitality tent that offered energy snacks, water and hot beverages. Riders socialized, rested, refueled and waited in line at the portable toilet.
“It’s work!” said first-time ride participant Alan Westberg about all the pedaling.
Habitat 500 veteran riders Paul Reasoner and Luke LeFebvre, from Cambridge, said the ride is a long, grueling ride that requires some training and preparation, but it is fun and raises money for a good cause. To participate, each rider raised a minimum of $1,000. The two men said people offer great support so riders usually raise at least double the minimum.