SAINT LOUIS, June 3, 2016 — Presented by AARP in St. Louis, the 53rd Annual Moonlight Ramble, the world’s original nighttime bike ride, returns to the streets of downtown St. Louis on Saturday, August 20. Attracting thousands of riders each year, the Moonlight Ramble includes a leisurely bike ride under the light of the moon through the streets of St. Louis, a vendor area, live musical entertainment, a glow-in-the-dark commemorative event t-shirt, and a family-friendly after-ride party. New this year, the Moonlight Ramble will start and end at Ballpark Village located at 601 Clark Avenue. Participants can choose between a short (10.5 miles) ride and a long (18.5 miles) ride. Riders should arrive to the event between 9pm-11:45pm; the ride starts promptly at 12:01am.
The costs are $50 (Premier Rider), $25 (Adult Rider) and $10 (Youth Rider ages 5-12). Child riders four years and younger are free, and all riders ages 16 and under must be accompanied by an adult. A portion of the proceeds will benefit HI-USA and Rebuilding Together. To register, log on to click here.
Registration ends August 11 and packet pick-ups will be available at Ballpark Village August 11-12, where riders will receive event shirts and credentials.
In October 1964, Dick Leary, a ride leader for the Ozark Area Council of American Youth Hostels (the forerunner of Gateway Council, HI-USA), organized an urban nighttime bicycle ride, starting at midnight at St. Louis Union Station. Unfortunately, no one else showed up, so Dick was the sole participant in the first Moonlight Ramble. He tried again the next year and a few more people joined him. Even more came the following year and by the early 1970s the ride was drawing thousands of participants! Since this was a leisurely ride rather than a race, it had broad appeal. It was known early as the ‘Midnight Ramble’ but has been dubbed the ‘Moonlight Ramble’ since the 1970s.
Some riders came as children and are now bringing their own children to the event to continue the tradition. People have come from all over the country to participate and some even decorate their bikes (and bodies) to show their spirit!
HI-USA is the beneficiary of the 2016 Moonlight Ramble and is the American affiliate of the Hostelling International network of more than 4,000 hostels in over 80 countries. As a nonprofit organization, they are celebrating 75 years of experience in serving young travelers. Hostelling International USA (registered as American Youth Hostels, Inc.) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit membership organization founded in 1934 to promote international understanding of the world and its people through hostelling. HI-USA operates a network of over 60 quality hostel accommodations throughout the United States that are inexpensive, safe and clean.
Moonlight Ramble is proud to partner this year with Rebuilding Together St. Louis, which brings volunteers and communities together to improve the homes and lives of low-income homeowners. To learn more, visit www.rebuildingtogether-stl.org.