91 Central Avenue, Morris Plains, New Jersey
Individuals and teams can bike or hike!
Every rider MUST
wear a helmet!
Don’t want to ride or walk but want to get involved?
Call the Habitat office and volunteer to help out.
The Bike & Hike is back with a new starting location. Central Park of Morris County has beautiful views, soft rolling hills, a 5-acre dog park and plenty of parking. Dedicated in the summer of 2008, it was once part of Greystone Park Psychiatric Hospital. The main entrance to the park is on Old Dover Road.
Start dusting off your bike helmet, put air in those tires, get out the oil can and dig out your walking shoes! Gather your friends from work, church, temple, school, or civic group and join us for a morning of healthy activities. We will complete 15 homes in 2012 and plan to start construction on at least 8 more, so we need your help to raise funds.
Three riding options are available: the scenic 10-mile loop, the vigorous 20-mile ride, and a challenging 35-mile ride. You’ll travel on historic byways through Morris and Somerset counties. This year, all of our bike routes offer our riders a challenge. With 900 feet of climb, even on the 10-mile ride, you are definitely guaranteed to feel the burn! These rides are not for the faint of heart, and we do not recommend them for children under age 13. Rest stops with fruit and water are included on all routes. Please bring your own full water bottle. Every rider must wear a helmet.
For those who don’t bike, we offer a family hike along a scenic 5k walking trail. And for those with a little more spunk, you can take the 10k challenge walk around a track. Feel free to bring Fido. As long as the canines are on leashes, our four-legged friends are welcome! Want to make the walk a run? Absolutely! Just don your running shoes and feel free to pick up the pace.
We encourage participants to collect donations from sponsors. If you raise $100, you register for free. Raise $250, you are able to register for free and receive a Habitat logo hat. For $500 and more, you register for free and receive a Habitat logo hat and a Habitat logo backpack. Matching gifts are also welcome so participants are encouraged to check with their employers. You can set up your own fundraising page to collect donations online. Become a fundraiser by setting up an account and creating a campaign page.
The registration discount has been extended for online registrations only. Register online before 4:00 p.m. on June 1 to get a lower fee. The cost is $40 for individuals registered by May 22, $65 for families. After May 22 or on the day of the event, the cost is $45 for individuals, $70 for families. Teams of 6 or more may pre-register by May 22 for reduced rates—25% off for adults and 50% off for teens. You may register and pay online, or you may print a registration form to mail in with a check.
Pre-registered individuals will receive one complimentary t-shirt; pre-registered families will receive two complimentary t-shirts. Additional t-shirts are are available for $10 each. T-shirts are not guaranteed to riders registering after May 22 but will be available on a first come, first served basis.
Registration opens at 7:30 a.m. in Central Park of Morris County. Please arrive at least 30 minutes before your event. At the main tent, you will pick up your route map, t-shirt and gift, and have time to enjoy refreshments and bagels before you start. We invite you to stay afterward for free food, fun and games for the kids. Entertainment includes the MPAC Performing Arts Company, a troupe of teens performing Broadway-style numbers. Artistic face painting will be done by Amanda Brown of Bluebird Art and by Youth United members. Take a photo with the Somerset Patriots mascot, and enjoy a massage to relax your tired muscles from the therapists at Massage Envy (Morris Plains). Instructors from Ananda Yoga (Morristown) will guide you in restorative yoga poses. No rain date is set. If rain is predicted, call 973.891.1934 on June 2 to hear a recording or check this web page to see whether the event is taking place.
Schedule of Events
- 7:30 a.m. Registration opens
- 8:30 a.m. 35-mile bike ride begins
- 8:45 a.m. 20-mile bike ride begins
- 9:00 a.m. 10K walk begins
- 9:15 a.m. 10-mile bike ride begins
- 9:30 a.m. 5K family walk begins (dogs welcome)
- 10:00 a.m. Entertainment begins at main tent area
- 1:00 p.m. Ride support ends
We would like to thank the generous sponsors who have signed on as of May 24 including Silver Sponsor Lakeland Bank and Classic Sponsors Banana Republic, Investors Bank, Normandy Real Estate Partners and Thrivent Financial for Lutherans (Morris County NJ Chapter).
Companies and organizations providing in-kind support services include Morris Area Freewheelers, Cycle Craft, High Gear Cyclery, Inc., Marty’s Reliable Cycle, Parsippany Volunteer Ambulance Squad Inc., Parsippany Fire Department District 1 (Mount Tabor) and District 2 (Rainbow Lakes), Trius Pest Management, Mr. John, All County Rental Center, Party City (Parsippany), Party Fair (Rockaway), Customized Distribution Services, LA Fitness, Leisure Fitness, Rockaway Township OEM/Morris County RACES, Step One Signs, True Value Hardware (Denville), Run-A-Ton Group, Park Avenue Club, Trader Joe’s (Florham Park), Lox Stocked & Bageled (Oak Ridge), Anthony & Sons Bakery, Snoball Factory, Costco (East Hanover), Costco (Wharton), Stop & Shop (Morris Plains), Foodtown (Denville), Rockaway Bagel & Deli, Denville Bagel & Deli, Roxbury Bagel, Walmart (Rockaway), Bagel Express (Randolph), Time for a Bagel (Morris Plains), ShopRite (Rockaway) and Whole Foods Market Rose City Madison.