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 August 5-7. 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, Ohio. Elizabeth's New Life Center is located in my hometown of Lebanon, Ohio. In the first six years, Ernie's Ride has raised almost $100,000 in pledges - 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 is the seventh Ernie's Ride and it features our largest field of riders to date: 9!
You can be a part of Ernie's Ride 2022 by sponsoring a rider a set amount per mile. When Ernie’s Ride 2022 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. It will be here before we know it!
If you'd like to sponsor, you just visit the “Sponsor” section, and pick the rider you want to sponsor and the Center to which you wish to donate. 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!
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 us all 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!
Soli Deo Gloria!
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 2022: $136.42/mi
Doug is 62 and lives in Lebanon, Ohio with his wife Judy. They will celebrate 40 years of marriage this December. Their older son, Andrew, lives in South Lebanon. Their younger son, Tim & their daughter-in-law, Courtney, live in Tennessee and are expecting Doug & Judy's first grandchildren (twin boys!) right about the time of Ernie's Ride. Doug & Judy attend Faith Bible Church in Mason.
Chad is 50 years old. He & his wife, Amy, attend The Community Church where they are integral parts of the Worship Band "Contagious". He & Amy are part owners of their own business in Lebanon. They have a son, Tevin, and a daughter, Madyson, son-in-law Luke Williams, and a grandson, Bowie. This is Chad's 5th Ernie's Ride.
Brian Messer is 35 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. Brian is riding in his 4th Ernie's Ride.
Dave Huff is 57 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. This is Dave's 4th Ernie's Ride.
Scott Wright is 54 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. Scott is riding in his 4th Ernie's Ride.
Kevin Brown is 59 years old and lives in Saint Mary's with his wife Sherri of 39 years. They have 3 children and 3 grandchildren with another on the way. They are proudly pro life. Ernie's Ride 2022 will be Kevin's 3rd!
James is 55 years old, married to Kristen (30 years!), with 7 children, 3 grandchildren, and 2 more on the way. James is the worship pastor at Faith Bible Church in Cincinnati. This will be James' 1st Ernie's Ride.
Josiah (James' son) is 26 and lives in Cleveland with his wife Grace. They have a one-year-old daughter, Neve, and a baby boy arriving in November. They attend Cornerstone Community Church in Mayfield Heights, where he serves as the Director of Worship & Youth.
Scott Lienhardt is 59 years old and lives in West Chester, Ohio. He and his wife Phyllis are celebrating 30 years of marriage this July. They have two sons, Mark and Shawn. They attend Faith Bible Church. This is Scott's inaugural Ernie's Ride.