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Bike Around the Bay is a fun, two-day cycling event that supports an important cause: the protection and preservation of Galveston Bay. In 2016, Bike Around the Bay raised over $480,000 to support the Galveston Bay Foundation and its mission to protect and preserve Galveston Bay for current and future generations.
Two-Day Rider: $250 minimum
One-Day Rider: $175 minimum
Virtual Rider: No fundraising minimum
IMPORTANT UPDATE: Bike Around the Bay is still scheduled for October 21-22, 2017, but we realize this is no ordinary year. We recognize that many of you and your families, friends and neighbors have been impacted by Hurricane Harvey. While the success of the ride is very important to our continued efforts to advocate for Galveston Bay, we also know that flood recovery is very important to our community. For this reason, for all funds raised September 14th through the end of our fundraising period, we will dedicate 50% of the money raised above your fundraising minimum to local flood recovery efforts.*
If you are a two-day rider, that means 50% of the funds you raise above $250 will be donated, and for one-day riders, we will donate half of the funds you raise above $175. Last year, riders raised over $100,000 above the fundraising minimum. If we can reach that level again this year, Bike Around the Bay will be able to invest $50,000 in flood recovery for our community. We hope to do even more this year.
Please CLICK HERE to read more about our efforts to support Galveston Bay and flood recovery.
*We will honor requests from riders who prefer that all funds they raise for Bike Around the Bay stay within the Galveston Bay Foundation. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
All cyclists are required to meet their fundraising minimum prior to packet pick-up. The fundraising window will remain open until November 6, 2017 for fundraising prizes and top fundraiser purposes only.
Your fundraising efforts last year helped us permanently protect more than 1,700 acres of coastal wetland and prairie, collect 3.4 tons of trash and recyclables from our watershed, and begin researching dolphin populations in the Bay. Plus, much more! With your help, we would like to accomplish even more this year! With the funds raised from this year's ride, the following will be possible:
- Building one mile of shoreline protection to restore up to 50 acres of intertidal marsh
- Finalizing construction of our first rookery island
- Conserving freshwater by conducting 7 rain barrel workshops that engage homeowners
- Planting 4 acres of estuarine intertidal marsh through Marsh Mania volunteer events
- Coordinating a trash cleanup site as part of the Texas Adopt-A-Beach Cleanup program
- Utilizing 60 tons of recycled oyster shells to build over 500 feet of oyster reef
In order to achieve these goals, for the first time since 2013 the Bike Around the Bay Committee made the decision to raise the fundraising minimums for this year's ride. One Day riders will need to raise at least $175 and Two Day riders $250. We know fundraising doesn't come naturally to everyone, so we have updated our participant center and developed a few ideas to help you meet your fundraising minimum. Remember that people love to support friends and family and the causes they’re passionate about. So, with the help of your friends and family, we hope you will not only reach but exceed your goal! Thank you for making all this possible through your participation in Bike Around the Bay! We look forward to seeing you for Bike Around the Bay on October 21-22, 2017.
To make a donation to an individual or team by check, please print and fill out the offline pledge form below and mail it with your check(s) to:
Galveston Bay Foundation
1100 Hercules Avenue, Suite 200
Houston, TX 77058
The Team Raiser system will generate an auto-reply email that will serve as an official tax acknowledgement for all online contributions. If you would like to receive an additional mailed acknowledgement letter for any online donation, please call the Galveston Bay Foundation at (281) 332-3381 ext. 201 or contact us by email at email@example.com.
Titanium Top 30
The Titanium Top 30 is an exclusive club that consists of the top 30 individual fundraisers in Bike Around the Bay. In 2016, the Titanium Top 30 raised over $40,000 to help protect Galveston Bay! Titanium Top 30 riders receive the following benefits:
- Access to the VIP Titanium tent in the next year's ride, which includes VIP treatment like food and drinks, a free massage for you and a guest, and much more
- VIP bike storage at the Day 1 Finish Line
- Two invitations to a sunset cruise on Galveston Bay in Spring 2018
- Your name listed on the Bike Around the Bay website and in the Galveston Bay Foundation's newsletter
Within the Titanium Top 30, the top 10 fundraisers will receive all of the above benefits as well as a unique Bike Around the Bay jersey.
For recognition purposes at the ride, including access to the VIP tent, total fundraising will be determined at Saturday, October 14 at midnight. Overall fundraising to determine the final Titanium Top 30 will remain open until Monday, November 6, 2017.
Individual Fundraising Prizes
Fundraising for Bike Around the Bay has great benefits. You can help protect and restore Galveston Bay while earning great cycling gear. We have awesome prizes available for three different fundraising levels which we will be announcing soon! Fundraising will remain open until November 6, 2017.
Gold Riders ($350 - $599)
Prize: Duffle bag OR $25 Bike Barn gift card
Platinum Riders ($600 - $999)
Prize: Half-zip performance long-sleeve pullover OR $50 Bike Barn gift card
Diamond Riders ($1,000+)
YETI 30-ounce Rambler AND $100 Bike Barn gift card
Titanium Top 30 (Top 30 Fundraisers)
- Two invitations to a sunset cruise on Galveston Bay in Spring 2018
- Recognition on the Bike Around the Bay website and Galveston Bay Foundation newsletter
- VIP treatment in the VIP Titanium tent at the end of Day 1
- VIP bike storage at the finish line on Day 1
The top 10 fundraisers will receive all of the Titanium prizes as well as a unique Bike Around the Bay jersey!
Our Top Fundraiser will receive all of the above as well as two tickets to the Galveston Bay Foundation's Guardian of the Bay Award Luncheon and recognition at the luncheon.
Team Fundraising Prizes
The top five teams that raise the most funds - both in overall dollar amount and by average per rider - will receive the following benefits:
- Starting line space reserved for your team after Team Shell
- Team recognition along the ride route
Weekly Fundraising Program
As an extra thank you to riders for their fundraising efforts to support Bike Around the Bay and the Galveston Bay Foundation, we will be holding a weekly fundraising recognition program. Look for emails to tell you about our exciting fundraising prizes! We will notify registered riders before each prize is offered and the prizes will be posted on this website and the Bike Around the Bay Facebook page.
July 31st-August 6th
Prize: Custom bike fit at Bike Barn's Custom Fit Studio
Prize: Family 4-pack of passes to Moody Gardens and Schlitterbahn
Two tickets to the September 30th, Matchbox Twenty & Counting Crows concert at the Cynthia Wood Mitchell Pavilion
September 25th-October 1st
A $300 Bike Barn Gift Card
October 2nd-October 8th
A Junior Suite at the Moody Gardens Hotel the night of Saturday, October 21st
Prize: To be announced the week of