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The 2021 Anchor House Ride for Runaways will consist of a hybrid cycling model (in-person or virtual) and a walking-running model.  
We encourage you to Register and Sign-up for any of our 3 challenges. The virtual ride or walk will commence on June 5, 2021 and the In-person, 1 week ride will commence on July 10, 2021 with all events concluding on July 17, 2021. 

Recognizing the tremendous efforts of more than 300 participants raising over $580,000 in 2020 to sustain Anchor House programming, the Anchor House Foundation and the Ride Committee decided to sponsor another Virtual Ride/Walk for this year and a variation of our traditional one week 500 mile signature ride. The Virtual Ride for Runaways will begin June 7th.  The 1 week ride will begin on July 10th.  All 3 challenges will conclude on July 17th.  Participants can decide how they will complete their goals, whether outside following social distancing protocols or utilizing indoor equipment such as stationary bikes and treadmills.

When you register, your commitment is to pledge to donate or raise $ for Anchor House. We are asking those cyclists that will be riding 500 miles to raise $750; and the walk-run participants to raise $200. All participants receive a special t-shirt and various incentives will be shared throughout the time-frame.

 We believe that the Ride/Walk-Run is a unique and compelling experience both because of the physical challenge and the emotional connection to a diverse group of people who share a passion for helping the kids of Anchor House.

 Please remember that all participants are a representative of Anchor House.  We expect you to follow safe riding and walking protocols. We also hope you recognize that the purpose of these 3 different challenges is to raise as much money as possible to keep the programs of Anchor House going.

We encourage you to become familiar with this website and to update your personal participant pages as they are a very useful fundraising tool. As we get closer to to the start of the events, more and more information will be posted to the website and Facebook page. Many of your questions can be answered by looking on the website, however if at any time you have a question you can’t find an answer for, please don’t hesitate to email Kathy Drulis at kdrulis@anchorhousenj.org.
 

We thank you on behalf of the kids, because our commitment to you is based on all of our commitments to the Anchor House kids. After all, they are counting on each of us! We appreciate the time and sacrifices that you and your families will make to participate in our 2021 event. 


Ride Safe—Ride Smart,

The Anchor House Ride for Runaways Ride Committee


 

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Background for the Anchor House Ride for Runaways

The Ride for Runaways is an annual, 7-day, 500-mile charity bicycle ride that exists to support Anchor House. In 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.

We hope that The Ride for Runaways will continue 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:  
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