THE 18TH ANNUAL WEAR YELLOW RIDE, FUN RUN & WALK
Wear Yellow Nebraska will be hosting the 18th Annual Wear Yellow Ride, Fun Run & Walk on Saturday, August 14th, 2021 at the Strategic Air Command & Aerospace Museum, Ashland, Nebraska.
Your participation is making a difference. 100% of our proceeds support Wear Yellow Nebraska’s cancer fighting and cancer patient assistance programs. This event specifically supports the Wear Yellow Cab Ride Program.
HOW IT BEGAN
Wear Yellow Nebraska's purpose from the very beginning was to bring people passionate about cycling together to celebrate life and fight cancer. The local Wear Yellow Ride was first organized by Mike and Stacey Buckley in 2003 as a way to rally the Omaha community in riding for a good cause: their entry into the prestigious Austin LIVESTRONG Challenge. As passion for the cause grew and more people got involved, the group's focus started to shift inwards, and they made the decision to form a nonprofit organization and keep the funds from the annual event in Nebraska to support cancer survivors in our own community.
Wear Yellow Nebraska officially became a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization (EIN 27-0255812) in 2009 with a focus on funding niche initiatives that offer cancer survivors support in ways that aren't already being addressed and for people who would otherwise fall through the cracks, truly caring for people on an individual level.
Check out the video below about the Wear Yellow Cab Ride Program.
THE WEAR YELLOW CAB RIDE PROGRAM
As a cancer survivor, co-founder and past president Mike Buckley had the idea to start funding rides for cancer patients in Omaha who were without access to transportation, a need he discovered during his own treatment journey. Access to rides to and from treatment are essential because patients are in a weakened state and often times left unable to drive themselves. Even if patients do have family and friends who can help, they aren't always available, and sometimes survivors just don’t want to ask for one more favor. Lack of transportation leaves these patients vulnerable to a lapse in vital medical care during their treatment. The annual Wear Yellow Ride, Run & Walk turned into a way to fund vital transportation by providing free transportation to cancer patients in need, and the Wear Yellow Cab Ride program, powered by Lyft, remain our primary program to date.
Since launching our free cab ride program in late 2012, Wear Yellow Nebraska has spent more than $200,000 dollars in providing more than 13,000 cab rides to patients in need with a record 3,000+ rides in 2020.
REGISTRATION DATES & PACKET PICK UP
Online Registration is open and will be open through the week of the event. Those who register AFTER July 24th are not guaranteed an event t-shirt. Additional quantities will be ordered, but sizes will vary.
T-shirt cut off is 5:00PM on July 24th! Register today to ensure you receive an awesome event shirt! And we truly mean Awesome!
We try to keep the cost of the event simple. $40 through July 31st, $45 through day of the event. T-shirt cutoff is July 24th, so be sure to register before to ensure you receive an awesome event t-shirt.
From a short cruise down the highway to a scenic loop over hills and countryside, you can experience the very best of springtime in rural Nebraska.
For those craving roads, we offer 25, 35, 45, and 55 mile options.
For those craving less formal roads, we’re excited to offer a new 27 mile beginners gravel option, and a 53 mile experienced gravel riders route.
For those on two legs, we invite you to participate in the approximate 5K Run & Walk through the beautiful, Mahoney State Park.
Packet Pick Up
We have four packet pick up dates as well as picking it up the day of. We encourage you to pick your packet up early, as it makes for an even earlier morning on the day of the event. Look for our new trailer, that's where we will be distributing packets from.
You can pick up your packet from 5:00-7:00 PM on:
August 10 Packet Pick Up @ The Bike Rack Lincoln - 33rd & Pioneers BLVD
August 11 Packet Pick Up @ Trek Store - 72nd & Jones St, Omaha
August 12 Packet Pick Up @ Greenstreet Papillion - 225 South Washington, Papillion (behind the store)
August 13 Packet Pick Up @ The Bike Rack Omaha 145th & Eagle Run Drive
We encourage you to pick up your packet at one of these times. This allows you to have more time to get yourself ready the morning of the ride. If you are unable to make it to one of these dates, you can pick up your packet the morning of the ride. Please arrive at least 30 minutes before your roll out time. For safety of all participants, helmets must be worn at all times.
This is a rain or shine event and no refunds will be given.
We have limited volunteer spots available and spots are filled at the discretion of the Wear Yellow Nebraska Board of Directors.
DEPARTURE TIMES & ROUTES
All routes depart from the Museum Durham Restoration Hangar. Check out the links below to the route maps, where you can save and download to your phone or gps device.
Ride & Run – Participants wishing to ride the 25 mile route and run/walk the Adventure 5K will depart at 7:00AM. You will need to complete the 25 mile ride by 9:50 AM to be ready to participate in the 5K Adventure Run & Walk starting at 10:00AM.
55 Mile Road Route
A challenging route with rolling hills and plenty of scenery. Remember, it’s Nebraska and there will be a good headwind somewhere on this route. You earn a second set of pancakes for completing this route!
53 Mile Gravel Ride Route
For the adventure seekers that really want a workout. We’ve got gravel, minimum maintenance roads, hills, some trail and pavement, maybe a few farm dogs… but one heck of an adventure ride. Designed for riders who like their fat tire bikes, gravel and cross bikes, or their mountain bikes, this is the route for you. A semi-self supported route with one power stop through the farmlands of eastern Nebraska.
45 Mile Road Route A good mid-length route for those who want to get a workout in, but not push it too far. Filled with rolling hills, and a few decent climbs that will make you work for those sweets at the power stop.
35 Mile Road Route
Like our 25 mile route, A good route to start the season with. If you took the winter off, and had to dust off your seat, this is a great route to start on. Add a few rolling hills to stretch those legs a little.
25 Mile Road Route
A good route to start the season with. If you took the winter off, and had to dust off your seat, this is a great route to start on.
27 Mile Beginners Gravel Ride Route
A good training ride. Filled with hills, decent climbs, a few Strava sprint areas, and a good distance.
The Run & Walk We don’t want the cyclists to have all the fun! No bike? No problem! Lace up your walking/jogging/running shoes to help fellow Nebraskans in the fight against cancer. The Run & Walk will start at the SAC museum hangar and follow an approximate 3.6 mile course through the wide open spaces of Mahoney State Park. While the majority of the route is paved, there is a short section between the SAC museum and Mahoney State Park that is grassy/gravel. A Power Stop will be included at the half-way point. New this year, we will have timing services provided by Be About. No Frills Timing Services. Fun prizes will be awarded for our top three male and female finishers. A Power stop will be included at the half way point.
The event ends at 2:00PM. Courses and on course support, Power Stops and the Pancake Man will be closed at this time.
Please choose a route that you can complete by noon to take full advantage of the events at the start/finish.
We’ve now made fundraising even easier! I mean, doesn't this site look awesome? For this year's event we've have fundraising option for individuals or teams. While not required, if you are interested in raising money for a great cause, click here to register and start your own fundraising page today.
VIRTUAL RIDERS, RUNNERS & WALKERS
Maybe you don’t ride a bike, run, or like to go on adventure walks but know someone who does. Maybe you can’t participate this year but still want to support our cause. We’ve made that easy too! You can help support Wear Yellow Nebraska by registering as a Virtual Rider/Runner/Walker. You don’t have to actually ride, run, or walk, just support our organization and our event participants virtually.
The fee for Virtual Riders/Runners/Walkers is the same as an event participant. And just like our other participants, you will be making a difference. The fee for each virtual rider also supports one round trip cab ride through our Wear Yellow Cab Ride Program for a cancer patient who may not have adequate transportation to get to their treatments. Virtual Riders will also have the same fundraising opportunities as our event participants, including setting up your own fundraising team. You can register to become a Virtual Rider at any time up to the day of the event.
Everyone loves a raffle!
Legendary Raffle - 11:45 AM
The Legendary Raffle gets its name from the legendary items that have been up for the taking over the past years. It will start at 11:45 AM. We encourage you to browse our collection of amazing raffle packages. Raffle tickets can be purchased and placed in the package bucket of your choosing. Purchase as many raffle tickets as you like to increase your chance of winning that package.
POST RIDE EVENT
Take your helmet off and stay awhile. Riders are encouraged to stick around after the ride for breakfast by the Pancake Man, our legendary raffle, and dozen of door prizes. Each paid registration will be granted free access to the museum following the event. If you have hungry family or friends who did not ride or run, they can purchase a breakfast from the Pancake Man for $5 each.
POWER-STOPS Until 1:00 PM
Need some food? Need some drink? Need some power? We’ve got you covered! All rides are on public roads and fully supported with water, Gatorade, and a variety of food at our Power-Stops. Check the course map for Power-Stop locations along your route.
Would you like to sponsor a Power-Stop? Email us for details.
ON-COURSE SUPPORT Until 1:00 PM
Your bike is in great hands. The Trek Store, Cycle Works, and The Bike Rack are on board when you need support. They will be providing mechanical assistance to riders at various locations throughout the day as well as a couple of our great volunteers who will be riding and driving the courses to support you. This includes changing a tire and performing minor drive train adjustments to keep you rolling to the finish.
Wear Yellow Nebraska is a local grassroots organization (501(3)c) fighting against cancer through advocacy, awareness and fundraising. We want to inspire others in the community to take action in our fight.