Ride United

Ride United 2024!

Now a 2-day event! | Friday, May 17 & Saturday, May 18

Ride United, our annual 100-mile century ride and community ride event, happens once a year on the Lake Michigan Lakeshore. Join us for this two-day event on Friday and Saturday, May 17 and 18!

This fundraiser for United Way of the Lakeshore is a healthy way to help others! Proceeds from this event will support mental health programming across Muskegon, Newaygo, and Oceana Counties.

All routes offer beautiful views and scenic trails along our West Michigan Lakeshore - you’ll see up to seven lakes, depending on your choice of distance!

We have 25-mile, 50-mile, and 100-mile route options as well as a community ride designed especially for beginners, fun seekers, and young families to choose from! Learn more below and join us this May!

Day 1 - Friday, May 17

In partnership with the Muskegon Area District Library, join us for a free presentation at the Muskegon Museum of Art starting at 6 pm. Hear from Christine D’Ercole, a renowned motivational speaker, cyclist, and trainer! 

Enjoy a special donor appreciation dinner with Christine D’Ercole, catered by Kuntry Cookin, at the Woman’s Club starting at 7:30 pm. All donors who raise $500 will be invited to this special dinner! 

Christine D'Ercole Holding Bike

About Christine D'Ercole: 

Christine is a motivational speaker and athlete. Her Wordshops span topics from body image to addiction and loss to corporate cultural growth and team building. 

When she’s not writing, leading Wordshops, or delivering keynote speeches, Christine is racing bicycles. She is a Masters World Champion and thirteen-time Masters National Champion. 

As an original cycling instructor at Peloton, her classes are rooted in the science of cycling and the power of words. Her unique style of mindful motivation inspires members of the Peloton community, reaching thousands of devoted riders every day. 

Day 2 - Saturday, May 18

Our Road Ride, with 25, 50, or 100-mile route options, starts at 8 am in downtown Muskegon. Ride north to either Pioneer Park (25 miles roundtrip), the White Lake Chamber Depot (50 miles roundtrip), or Golden Town Park (100 miles roundtrip). Each route option has a different start time:

  • 100-Mile Ride: starts at 8 am from Heritage Landing
  • 50-Mile Ride: starts at 8:30 am from Heritage Landing
  • 25-Mile Ride: starts at 9 am from Heritage Landing

Our Community Ride in downtown Muskegon, in partnership with the Muskegon County Bicycling Coalition, starts at 10 am from Heritage Landing. Join the MCBC for a fun ride across the City of Muskegon!

Our Community Ride in downtown Hart, starts at 10 am from the Hart Wesleyan Church. Join us for a family fun ride and scavenger hunt. The first 100 children will receive a free backpack with several books, courtesy of the Mason, Lake, Oceana Great Start Collaborative! There will also be a bike helmet check conducted by the Shoreline Force & Safe Kids West Michigan!

Starting Line Location - Heritage Landing - 1050 7th St, Muskegon, MI 49441

Heritage Landing has become the West Michigan shoreline’s recreational gem. It is the site of many community festivals, events, weddings, and celebrations. It features picturesque views of Muskegon Lake and spectacular sunsets. 

25 Mile Ride | Kick Off at 9:00 AM

Starting at 9 am at Heritage Landing in downtown Muskegon, ride north to Pioneer Park and back for this scenic 25-mile ride! Registration includes commemorative t-shirt!

Click Here to View the Low Elevation Route! 

Click Here to View the Block House Route (Higher Elevation)! 

50 Mile Ride | Kick Off at 8:30 AM

Starting at 8:30 am at Heritage Landing in downtown Muskegon, ride north to the White Lake Chamber and back for this scenic 50-mile ride! Registration includes commemorative t-shirt!

Click Here to View the Route from the Starting Line to the Turn Around!

Click Here to View the Route from the Turn Around to the Finish Line! 

100 Mile Ride | Kick Off at 8:00 AM 

Starting at 8 am at Heritage Landing in downtown Muskegon, ride north to the Golden Town Park and back for this scenic 100-mile ride! Registration includes commemorative t-shirt!

Click Here to View the Route for the 100 Mile!

Community Fun Ride | Kick Off at 10:00 AM

Starting at 10 am at Heritage Landing in downtown Muskegon, join the Muskegon County Bicycling Coalition for a fun 10-ish mile fun ride across the City of Muskegon!


United Way of the Lakeshore to Host Family Fun Book Ride and Scavenger Hunt In Oceana County in Honor of Ride United!

Calling all adventurers and bookworms! Get ready to pedal your way through a storybook journey at Ride United in Oceana County! On May 18th, join us for the ultimate Family Fun Book Ride & Scavenger Hunt, starting at the Hart Wesleyan Church (3757 W Polk Rd, Hart, MI 49420) at 10:00 AM sharp!

Embark on a thrilling quest as you ride through the picturesque landscapes, with pages from "The Little Pig, The Bicycle, & The Moon" by Pierrette Dube awaiting you at every turn. The first 100 young explorers will even snag a copy of the book, along with cool bike spoke reflectors and helmets, courtesy of our generous sponsors including the Community Foundation for Oceana County, Trinity Health, and the Mason, Lake & Oceana Great Start Collaborative. Don't miss out on this wheel-y awesome adventure where fun meets literacy under the open sky! Let's ride and read our way to endless excitement! 

Muskegon Area District Library Logo

This event is co-hosted by the Muskegon Area District Library! 

Special Thanks To Our Sponsors:

DTE Foundation

Our Presenting Sponsor!

Handle Bar Sponsors

Community Foundation Logo for Muskegon County
Rotary Foundation
Trinity Health Logo

Aid Station Sponsors

Access Health
Great Lakes Dental Excellence
Muskegon County Bicycling Coalition
Breakaway Bicycles

Sponsorship Opportunities! 

We are currently seeking sponsors for Ride United. Click here to review our sponsorship opportunities for this event. 

Ready to Sponsor?

Contact J.J. Lewis, Chief Philanthropy Officer, at either (231) 332-4007 or via email at james@unitedwaylakeshore.org