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Thank you to the 2019 Ride for Runaway Participants.  You can click here to make a donation        toward an individual or here to support a team participant in our 41st annual “Ride for Runaways.” You can also click on the Donate tab on the homepage.


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The Ride for Runaways is an annual 7-day, 500-mile fully supported charity bike ride that raises money to support Anchor House. This event has been held annually since its inaugural ride in 1979. We wish to thank all of the many cyclists, volunteers and donors who believe in our cause and do their part so that the services of Anchor House, Inc. may continue to operate and make a difference in the lives of teens, young adults and their families.



Welcome from the Executive Director

For over 39 years, Anchor House has expanded its territory to impact the lives of children, youth and young adults. What began in 1978, as a need to shelter youth who had runaway has now been expanded to not only provide a shelter but school outreach, transitional and supportive housing, and street outreach to young people, ages 12 to 24 years of age, from Mercer County and throughout the state of New Jersey.

If this is your first ride or you are a veteran rider, you should know how invaluable your support is to us — how much our kids so desperately need your support in their lives. You are a part of a solution — a solution to help children who are hurting and in need, a solution to stabilize families and a solution to help our young people transition successfully into adulthood. While you are riding, know that you are riding with a cause and for a purpose — to make a difference in the lives of our children.

Kim McNear,  Anchor House Executive Director


What is the Ride for Runaways?

 The Ride for Runaways is an annual, 7-day, 500-mile charity bicycle ride that exists to support Anchor House. 1979, a group of concerned citizens founded Anchor House, a shelter for runaway and/or abused teenagers. The Anchor House founders used the analogy of a ship to keep it safe in the storm to visualize the mission of the agency. The anchor is supported by links of its chain, which in turn keep the anchor tied to the ship. The founders understood that life's circumstances can cause the links of a family's chain to break down. They created Anchor House as a stabilizing place for runaway, homeless, and abused youth. It is a safe place to rest, wait through the storm while in crisis and a way to move on when the crisis is calmed. Today, Anchor House has grown into with programs that meet the needs of, teens and young adults. Visit the Anchor House site to learn more about Anchor House and it's programs. (

That same year a small group of young bicyclists created "The Ride for Runaways" with a goal of raising funds to keep the doors of Anchor House open. The first riders rode from Florida to Trenton to earn the pledges promised by their sponsors.

Today, The Ride for Runaways continues as an annual event with nearly 200 bicyclists and over 30 support volunteers participating. Our riders represent all walks of life and all ability levels. If you think you might like to join us and would like to know more about the ride, click here continue reading.
Applications are available, here on the website, in January for the coming summer's ride. 

See here for a listing of all of the towns that the Anchor House Ride for Runaways stayed in from its inception.