The UHCCF Century ride is a well supported 100 mile ride through a picturesque country side. From the shores of Lake Minnetonka to the rolling hills of Delano. If this is you first attempt at a century or you’re a seasoned rider both will have a unique and memorable experience. SAG support comes from UHC and Rally pro race team staff and vehicles. Stops are strategically placed and well-staffed with volunteers and UHCCF Sponsors. Below are videos from previous years that provide a glimpse into this special event.
What: 5th Annual UnitedHealthcare Children’s Foundation Century Ride
When: Sunday, July 24th, 2016
Where: Starts and Ends at the Optum Headquarters in Eden Prairie, MN (11000 Optum Circle Eden Prairie, MN 55344). Parking available on site.
Ride Day Schedule
Rider check-in opens 6:30am
Ride starts promptly at 7:00am
All riders must finish their routes by 5:30 pm
Link to Map
5 water stops (Beverages and Snacks through each leg of the route)
Do I have to raise money?
Each cyclist will raise a minimum of $1000 unless part of a sponsorship team. Fundraising is critical to support our mission to help children with their medical expenses. With your registration you will receive a consolidated sponsored jersey, sponsored clothing, and 2 water bottles commemorating the 2016 UHCCF Century Ride.
What can I do to volunteer?
Examples of volunteering activities.
1. Marking the Course. 100 miles – 20 volunteers (10 groups of 2 – each group responsible for 10 miles of course)
2. Early Bird (5am) Pre-race set up / sign-up / welcome – 5 volunteers
3. Water Stops – 5 water stops – 10 volunteers
4. Course Guides/Directions – 3-4 people
5. Post-race – course clean-up/sign removal – Ideally, 20 volunteers (10 groups of 2 – each group responsible for 10 miles of course)
CAN I BRING MY KIDS TO HELP VOLUNTEER?
Yes, this is a kid friendly event. Kid volunteers will receive a volunteer shirt. When registering, please indicate age(s) and shirts size(s) of the kid(s) that will be accompanying you. As you identify your volunteering interests keep in mind that your kid(s) will also participate.
Looking for accommodations?
Hilton Garden Inn Minneapolis/Eden Prairie 6330 Point Chase, Eden Prairie, Minnesota, 55344
What should I bring?
A helmet is required to participate. Wear layers appropriate for the weather. Bring a tire repair kit, an I.D. and medical insurance card, and an emergency contact number. It's a good idea for at least one person in your group to have a cell phone.
Help with fund raising emails
We want to make this as easy as possible for you. So, to help kick start your fundraising efforts we have provided a couple of Sample Request for Donation Emails for you to use, modify, etc. as you see fit.
Sample 1 - Request For Donation Email:
I will be riding on July 24th in 5th Annual UnitedHealthcare Children’s Foundation Century Ride to help raise money for the UnitedHealthcare Children’s Foundation. The UnitedHealthcare Children’s Foundation is a 501 (c) (3) charitable organization that provides medical grants to help children gain access to health related services not covered, or not fully covered, by their family’s commercial health plan.
All money raised at this event will help provide medical grants for children in the Western Region.
I’ve committed to fundraise [$Amount] for this amazing charity. Please help me reach my goal by making a tax deductible donation to my personal fundraising page at [link to your fundraising page]. My page is set up to automatically generate and email you a receipt once you’ve donated.
Thank you in advance for your support and generosity.
Sample 2 – Request For Donation Email:
On July 24th I will be cycling 100 miles along with many others to raise money for the UnitedHealthcare Children’s Foundation. I urge you to please sponsor me for this year’s in 5th Annual UnitedHealthcare Children’s Foundation Century Ride event and help support a great cause!
The UnitedHealthcare Children’s Foundation is a 501 (c) (3) charitable organization that provides medical grants to help children gain access to health related services not covered, or not fully covered, by their family’s commercial health plan.
All money raised at this event will help provide medical grants for children in the Western Region, so we will be helping children in our area, and maybe even someone we know. Please dig deep and sponsor my efforts by making a tax deductible donation to my personal fundraising page at [link to your fundraising page].
For more information about the UnitedHealthcare Children’s Foundation please feel free check out their website at www.uhccf.org.
Many Thanks & Best Wishes,
SUGGESTED TRAINING TIPS FOR LONGER RIDES EASY BASICS
1. If you are out of shape or just getting started in cycling, begin slowly. Initial rides, whether outside or on an indoor trainer, should be limited to 20-30 minutes, 3 days a week. Pedal briskly, but don't get out of breath. As fitness increases, begin riding 5 days a week for at least 30 minutes, and progress from there.
2. Indoor trainers are a good way to maintain a degree of cycling fitness in winter, but you'll do better to ride outdoors as much as possible. This way you'll develop important riding skills such as keeping a straight line, cornering, descending, etc.
3. Even a new rider who has no racing ambitions can benefit from a weekly program that includes both speed and distance. In order to firm your legs, lose weight and be healthier, use a program with:
• MODERATE DAYS. To lose weight, forget about the stopwatch and ride medium distances at a comfortable pace. This will burn fat, as opposed to the carbohydrates that fuel short, intense efforts.
• ENDURANCE DAYS. To improve your stamina, go on one long ride every week. Don't worry about time just complete the distance.
TIPS ON ENDURANCE RIDING
1. The average cyclist can ride at least 3 times longer than the average training ride.
2. Try to do at least one long training ride a week.
3. Your goal should be to increase your rides by 5-10% each week.
4. Stand up and stretch on your bike at least once every 30 minutes. Pedal standing for a minute and then coast moving your hips forward and arching your back. Sit down and finish by rolling your neck and shrugging your shoulders.
5. Change your grip in the handlebars every few minutes. This helps to prevent upper body fatigue.
6. Eat lots of carbohydrates for 3 days prior to the Bike Tour.
7. Start snacking during the first hour. Snack throughout the ride; don't wait until you get hungry.
8. Drink before you become thirsty; if you wait to drink until you are thirsty, you are already dehydrating. Drink from your water bottle every 10 minutes.
9. Wear comfortable clothing. Snug, padded cycling shorts and padded cycling gloves are recommended.
10. Your feet may swell. If you feel discomfort, loosen your shoes.
11. Wear sunglasses to avoid squinting, which could cause headaches.
12. Divide the day's ride into 3 segments. Ride below your ability the first segment; ride your normal pace the second segment; you should be fine on the final stretch.
13. Use the rest stops to get off your bike, stretch, eat a small snack and refill your water bottle. Try not to stop for more than 10 minutes or it may be hard to resume your pace.
14. Ride with someone of similar pace. It will make the ride go more quickly.
Thank you for your interest in participating in 5th Annual UnitedHealthcare Children’s Foundation Century Ride in Minnesota on Sunday, July 24, 2016. We have several volunteer opportunities available throughout the day and bike route.
When registering, let us know what you are interested in….some ideas include:
• Sign Setup: Set up signs along the bike route the day before the event (Saturday, July 23, 2016)
• Early Bird Registration: Set up the site and Check in the cyclists at Optum’s Corporate Campus (approximately 5:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.)
• Water Stop (5 stops): Team up with sponsoring corporations to greet cyclists with beverages and snacks as they pass through each leg of the route. Pick up signs after the last rider has passed through.
• Course Marshal: Assist throughout the bike route
• Finish Line: Greet cyclists as they finish the race; distribute water and snacks (after 1:00 p.m.)
• Post-Event Clean Up: Clean up after the event (after 3:00 p.m.)
• General: As needed assistance at registration, water stops, finish
When: Sunday, July 24, 2016
Where: Optum Campus
11000 Optum Circle
Eden Prairie, MN 55344
Through this volunteer project, we will have the privilege of helping the UHCCF Century Ride event raise funds for their mission to support children and families in need of medical grants! This is the 5th year and the event will surpass $1M this year!!
The UnitedHealthcare Children’s Foundation (UHCCF) was founded in 1999. Since 2007, UHCCF has awarded 10,000 grants valued at over $29M to children and their families across the United States. UHCCF’s funding is provided by contributions from individuals, corporations and UnitedHealth Group employees. Learn how we are working to deliver more smiles to more children at www.uhccf.org. Together we DO change lives.
Last year, over 75 cyclists participated in the UnitedHealthcare Children’s Foundation Century Ride in Minnesota to raise $305,000 for UHCCF! Click here to see a video of the ride and hear why the riders support UHCCF.
Thank you, in advance, for your participation and support.