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The 2019 participants will be listed here in March. 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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Welcome from the Ride Committee
 We believe that the Ride 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.

The Ride Committee is dedicated to making the Ride a safe and enjoyable experience that can be enjoyed by riders of all levels and abilities. To that end we will help you prepare and train for the Ride as well as provide a dedicated support team to help you during Ride Week. For our new support team members, we thank you immensely for the amount of time you will be dedicating to our riders. We have a great team of veteran support members that will assist you in any way possible.

Please remember that all participants are a representative of Anchor House while fundraising, training and during the week of the ride. We expect you to follow safe riding rules while training and during Ride Week. We also hope you recognize that the purpose of the Ride 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 as this is how you will get information on the Ride and our expectations for you as an Anchor House Ride for Runaways participant. As we get closer to the Ride, more and more information will be posted to the website. Additionally, 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 ask one of the Anchor House Ride for Runaways Committee members. We’re here to ensure your Ride is successful, rewarding, and most importantly, safe.

Whether this is your first time or you are a seasoned veteran, we want to say 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 this Ride. Please contact anyone on the Ride Committee if you have any questions - we are here to help you.

Thanks again for your time and effort to make this a successful Ride and to help the kids of Anchor House.
Ride Safe - Ride Smart,
The Anchor House Ride for Runaways Ride Committee


Frequently Asked Questions about the Ride
What is the average number of miles per day?
Approximately 75 miles. Depending on your speed and the route, this is about 4-8 hours of riding.
Are there bathrooms along the route?
There are often bathrooms at the SAG stops but not always. Try to find a gas station, restaurant, church or convenience store. Consider purchasing something small as a courtesy and ask if they would like you to remove your bike shoes. If the route is on a rural road, use a secluded spot in the woods. That's why we recommend carrying tissues in your bike pack!
What does Anchor House provide?
Your room at the hotel (4 to a room), snacks and water at the SAG stops, and support along the route. Also, one night during the week there is a free banquet meal. Otherwise, you are responsible for purchasing your own meals, so plan to bring the appropriate amount of money (approximately $200.)
What time do we start in the mornings?
Riders are welcome to leave any time the yellow truck is open, between 5:30 and 8:30 a.m.
What goes on in the evenings?
The main event in the evening is eating. People group up and go out to eat and it is easy to find a group to join, but you have to ask. Ask roommates or people you meet during the day if you can join them for dinner. There are awards at the yellow truck every evening; the time of the awards will be announced in advance or posted on the yellow truck.
Will I have to ride alone?
There are riders at every pace. You will easily meet people and hook up with them. Often you will find people on the training rides. We strongly recommend that you find someone to ride with for your safety (and your sanity).
What if I can't complete the ride?
There are rovers who will be riding the route to make sure everyone is OK. If you need assistance, you can signal them with a thumb down and they will pick you up and take you to the next SAG stop or to the end of the day's route.
What if I have problems with my bike?
A bike mechanic will be available at the start and end of each day. He will also travel the route and be available at the SAG stops. If your bike breaks down along the road, a rover will transport you and your bike to the next SAG stop and notify the mechanic. You are responsible for fixing minor problems yourself (such as a flat tire or dropped chain).
What if it rains during the ride?
It almost never rains, but if it does you will be expected to ride, and need to be prepared to ride. In the event of severe weather the Ride Committee will decide whether or not it is safe for riders to be on the road. Safety vests are mandatory on days of poor visibility and will be provided by Anchor House.
During the week, what will happen to my butt?
This is certainly an area to take seriously. Make sure you have a good bike seat, good padded bike shorts, and have trained sufficiently. Part of your training is getting your butt ready. Some people find that using baby powder or diaper rash cream is helpful for irritation. As the week wears on this will not be a sensitive subject; people will speak openly about remedies.


2019 Calendar of Events for Ride Participants
Event Date Time Location
  Meeting for New Riders  Sun March 10 1pm       Anchor House, 482 Centre St, Trenton NJ 08611
  Bike Session for New Riders  TBD     1pm   TBD
  Meeting for Veteran Participants  TBD  7pm   St. James Gymnasium 115 E. Delaware Ave, Pennington NJ 08534
  Tour de Manure-35  mile
  training ride
 TBD 10am   Hopewell Valley Central HS Parking Lot; 259 Penn-Titusville Rd Pennington
  Hilly Training Ride - 62 miles  TBD  8am   Hopewell Valley Central HS Parking Lot; 259 Penn-Titusville Rd Pennington
  Hilly Training Ride - 62 miles  TBD  8am   Hopewell Valley Central HS Parking Lot; 259 Penn-Titusville Rd Pennington
  Cory's Ride  Sat June 8   Rosedale Park
  All Participants Meeting  Th June 13  6pm   St. James Gymnasium 115 E. Delaware Ave, Pennington NJ 08534
  Bike Loading  Th July 11  5-7pm   Bohren's Moving & Storage 3 Applegate Drive, Robbinsville, NJ 08691
2019 Information Forms for Ride Participants will be posted by March 2019
Name of Form Description Link
Corporate Recognition Form Complete for recognition of Corporates and/or Organizations and/or donors over $250
Direct Mail In Form Donors can complete and send directly to Anchor House
Mechanic Check List Bike shop completes when bike is serviced for 500 mile ride
Pledge Sheet Optional form to be submitted by participant when submitting multiple donations
Rider Release Form Riders must complete insurance form before ride departure
Rooming Option Form Complete and hand in with payment for rooming options