Beautiful family bike ride, barbecue & balloons. Helping kids in crisis. What’s not to like?

This family-friendly event has something for everybody: a 20-mile bike ride, a 10-mile neighborhood bike ride, and a 2-mile fun-loop. After the ride, participants can enjoy a barbecue lunch, cotton candy, snow cones, numerous kid-friendly activities, and music to listen to on the lawn. 

For questions please contact Megan Spinler at 406-549-0058 or via email at [email protected]

Register Now!

Pre-registration for the 20th annual Bike for Shelter is now open! On the morning of the event, stop by the Registration table to pick up your event t-shirt and wristband! With these, you can participate in all the fun Bike for Shelter activities and receive a FREE barbeque lunch!

Thank you so much for supporting Watson Children’s Shelter and our vision – for all children to live healthy, happy and productive lives. We are excited to share a fun day with you this May!

Click HERE to view photos from the 19th annual Bike for Shelter or check out the video below from our 2019 Bike for Shelter!

RAISE and RIDE for Montana children in crisis!

We welcome you to raise funds and ride in the 20th annual Bike for Shelter. Participants who raise $250 or more for Watson Children’s Shelter will receive custom a Watson Children’s Shelter Bike Jersey! Best of all, by gathering pledges, YOU are helping Watson Children’s Shelter provide a safe and nurturing home to abused and neglected Montana children. Riders of the 2019 Raise and Ride raised over $1,500!! WAY to GO riders!

How it works: 

  1. Click HERE to create your own Facebook fundraiser. Title it “2020 Raise and Ride for Watson Children’s Shelter!”
  2. From now until May 11th ask your friends, family, neighbors to help support your efforts.
  3. START SHARING – encourage everyone to donate to your Facebook fundraising page or mail their donation directly to Watson Children’s Shelter – 4978 Buckhouse Lane. Missoula, MT 59804.
  4. On May 30th tell the volunteer at the registration table that you chose to Raise and Ride and they’ll take it from there!
 *Note: 100% of the money you raise through Facebook goes directly to Watson Children’s Shelter!

LIMITED EDITION 2020 Bike Jersey!

Click here to purchase your limited edition 2020 Bike Jersey. 30% of the proceeds goes back directly to our  mission of providing safety, nurturing, and stability to children and families through quality services and trauma informed care.

*Please place your order by March 22nd to receive in time for the 20th annual Bike for Shelter! 

2020 Schedule

LOCATION: Fort Missoula Road, Watson Children’s Shelter and Community Medical Center parking lots.


8:00 am                               Event Registration Opens

9:00 am – 9:30 am               Start -20 Mile Bike Ride*

9:30 am – 9:45 am               Start – 10 Mile Bike Ride*

10:00 am – 11:00 am           Start – 2 Mile Fun Loop*

11:00 am                              Event Registration Closes


8:00 am – 12:00 pm           Bike Rodeo

10:00 am – 1:00 pm           Carnival Games*

11:00 am                            Barbecue Opens*

11:30 am                            Announcements

12:30 pm                            Raffle Drawing (must be present to win)*

1:30 pm                              Thank you for coming!

* All participants must check in at the Registration Table upon arriving to complete an event waiver. Once checking in, they will receive an event wristband which allows them to participate in all event festivities and be entered into the drawing!

2020 Maps

2020 Sponsors:

Premier Big Wheeler Sponsor:

Super Spoke Sponsors:


Power Pedaler:

ALPS • Cherry Creek MediaEdward JonesFirst Interstate Bank • Good Food Store • Lithia Toyota of Missoula  • NorthWestern Energy • TrailWest Bank

Cool Cruiser:

KLO Group – Merrill LynchMuralt’s Travel Plaza Blackfoot • PayneWest Insurance

Mile Marker:

Allegiance Community Medical CenterDr. Kevin A. Miltko, Miltko Family Dentistry • Garlington Lohn & Robinson Great Divide Physical TherapyLamar Advertising  Insured Titles, LLCLangel & AssociatesMissoula Broadcasting CompanyMorrison-Maierle Inc.MSO HUB • Round|Carlino Investment Planning Group – a member of D.A. Davidson & Co. • Stone of Accord  Terry Payne & Company • Town Pump Charitable Foundation

Tricycle Trooper:

AlphaGraphicsBradshaw MediaClearwater Credit Union Comfort Systems USAFreestone Climbing• JCCS Accounting Firm • The Kid’s Fun Zone • Kohl’s • Larry Stayner MD, Northern Rockies OrthopaedicsMannix Grass Finished BeefMission Ridge ChurchMissoula Pediatric DentistryMontana Party TimePartnersCreative • Republic Services of Montana • The Shirt Shop •  4H Drifters 

Sponsorship: If you are interested in sponsoring Bike for Shelter, we’d love to talk to you! Please introduce yourself by contacting us at: (406) 549-0058 or

2020 T-Shirt Artwork Contest

Contest Guidelines:

  • Student must be in 1st through 5th grade
  • Drawing must be of a TROUT riding a bicycle
  • Drawing must be in marker or crayon on plain white 8 ½ x 11 paper
  • Artist’s name (First and Last), phone number, grade, school & teacher’s name must be on the back
  • Entries must be received at Watson Children’s Shelter, 4978 Buckhouse Lane, Missoula, MT 59804, by Monday, February 24th

Contest winners will have their artwork displayed on all of the event t-shirts and medals, receive a pizza party for their entire class and a special award plaque!

Our 2020 T-Shirt Contest Winner is Luke, a 4th grader at St. Joseph School!


Watson Children’s Shelter
Angie Doucette, Development Director
Megan Spinler, Development Coordinator

Road Crew
Brett Weber

Bike Rodeo
Dana Hupp

Trish Anderson

Drew Rieker

Makaya Stone and Torin Dixon

Watson Children's Shelter

Watson Children's Shelter