Ernie’s Ride is a self-supported (no assistance vehicle) ride, typically, on the first weekend in August (Friday – Sunday) to be close to Ernie's birthday on August 3. This year’s ride is happening July 30 - August 1. This challenging ride is an event created to raise funds, prayers, and awareness for three pro-life women’s centers here in Warren, Butler, & Auglaize Counties. The Community Pregnancy Center is located in Middletown, Ohio. Family Life Center of Auglaize County is in Wapakoneta & St. Marys, Ohio. Elizabeth's New Life Center is located in my hometown of Lebanon, Ohio. In the first five years, Ernie's Ride has raised over $60,000 - and 100% of it goes to the centers!
The premise of the ride is very straight-forward: Riders complete as much of the 320-mile distance between the Ohio River, in Cincinnati, and Lake Erie, in Cleveland, as possible during the 3-day event. You can see information on past rides on the tab above. And, you can read more about the history, the Centers, the Ernie’s Ride Cycling Kit, and more by using the navigation tabs at the top of this page. This year's edition may just have our most riders ever (final commitments aren't in, yet).
You can be a part of Ernie's Ride 2021 by sponsoring a rider a set amount per mile. When Ernie’s Ride 2021 is over, you make your donation directly to the Center you have chosen based on the total number of miles (320-mile max) your sponsored rider has covered.
To sponsor, just visit the “Sponsor” section, and pick the rider you want to sponsor and the Center to which you wish to donate. (We'll begin taking sponsors in late June.) Then tell us your name, email address, City, and State, and the amount per mile you are sponsoring. The website will even calculate your maximum commitment for you! After the ride, we email you with the final total of your sponsorship and a link, address, and instructions to fulfill your pledge. We don’t handle the money. Your donation goes directly to the Center! Just click the "Sponsor" tab above. (Or, just scroll down on the mobile version.)
You might say: “Why don’t I just give a set amount?” Well, you could. And, you can. Anytime. But that’s not what we are doing here. We are making a focused push to challenge ourselves to give big. The ride is part of your motivation to do so. Your per-mile pledge is THE motivation for riders to keep pedaling and to share the benefits of their joy of riding. As the miles roll by, and fatigue creeps in, we will continue to pedal knowing that each mile means life to women, babies, and families in our area. Plus, you can follow the riders' progress virtually via our LiveTrack!
Please sponsor generously!
After the Ride is completed, and the miles have been tallied, you will be contacted with the total amount of your pledge and a link for payment. Contact will be made via the email address that you leave below. All gifts are tax-deductible & confidential.
Total Pledged for this Rider: $0.00/mi
Total Pledged for this Center: $0.00/mi
Total Pledged for Ernie's Ride 2021: $96.92/mi
Doug Shope is 61 years old and lives in Lebanon, Ohio with his wife Judy. They have two grown sons and a daughter(-in-law): Andrew, Tim, & Courtney. Doug & Judy attend Faith Bible Church in Mason.
Dave Huff is 56 years old and lives in Mason, Ohio. He and his wife Shari have two daughters, Lauren and Emily. They attend Faith Bible Church in Mason. Dave was previously on staff with Athletes in Action and now has his own computer consulting business.
Kevin Brown is 58 years old and lives in St. Marys with his wife Sherri of 38 years. They have three children and three grandchildren and have been empty nesters for several years. They are proudly pro-life.
Brian Messer is 34 years old and lives in Lebanon, Ohio with his wife Allison. They have 4 children: Audrey, Eloise, Macy and Zoey. Brian and Allison attend Urbancrest Baptist Church in Lebanon.
Luke Williams is 31 years old and has been married for three years to his wife Madyson. Luke is currently employed by Sycamore Glen. They attend The Community Church.
Chad is 49 years old. He & his wife, Amy, attend The Community Church. He & Amy are part owners of their own business in Lebanon. They have a son, Tevin, and a daughter, Madyson. Madyson is married to Luke Williams, who is also riding this year.
Scott Wright is 53 years old and lives in Loveland, Ohio with his wife, Jenny. He has two adult children, Katie and Lauren, and attends Faith Bible Church where he serves on the Audio Visual and Technology Teams.