Registration for the 17th annual Bike for Shelter is now OPEN!

To Register now, click HERE!

*Please note, registration will be available the day of the event from 8-11am, but at an increased rate.

Click HERE to view photos from the 16th annual Bike for Shelter or check out the video below from our 2014 Bike for Shelter – made by our friends at Roothead studios!.


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

We are so excited to be celebrating 17 years of Bike for Shelter, on May 13, 2017!! The event takes place at the Community Medical Center campus and in front of our home in the historic Fort Missoula area. 

This family friendly event has something for everybody: a 12-mile neighborhood bike ride and a 2-mile fun-loop. After the ride, participants can enjoy a barbecue lunch, cotton candy and snow cones while listening to music on the lawn. There is even a costume contest, carnival games with prizes, face painting, miniature horses, and more!

We are BEYOND GRATEFUL for the full support of the community behind this event, year after year. We hope to see you there! 

2017 T-Shirt Contest Rules and Regulations:

• Student must be in 1st through 5th grade
• Drawing must be of a SNAKE RIDING A BICYCLE
• Drawing must be in marker or crayon on plain white, 8 1/2 x 11 paper
• Student’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
by Monday, February 27th

For questions please contact Haydin Grotz at 406-549-0058 or [email protected]

2016 Sponsors

Sponsors page photos

Montana Rail Link

Big Wheeler

2016 Sponsors

Super Spoke

Power Pedaler: ALPS • Blackfoot Telecommunications Group • Community Medical Center • First Interstate Bank • Good Food Store • Lithia Toyota of Missoula Muralt’s Travel Plaza •  NorthWestern Energy

Cool Cruiser:  Big Sky Bikes • Sydney Carlino, D.A. Davidson  • KLO Group – Merrill Lynch • Missoula Pediatric Dentistry • PayneWest Insurance • KYSS 94.9, ZOO 107.5 and 96.3 The Blaze

Mile Marker: Allegiance Benefit Plan Management • American Expedition Vehicles • Garlington Lohn & Robinson • Lamar Advertising  Langel & Associates • Kevin A. Miltko, D.D.S. – Miltko Family Dentistry • MSO HUB • Stone of Accord  Terry Payne & Company • U 104.5  •  Zip Auto Service

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 [email protected].

Raise and Ride:

RAISE and RIDE for Montana children in crisis! We welcome you to raise funds and ride in the 17th annual Bike for Shelter. Participants who raise $150 or more for Watson Children’s Shelter will receive a VIP ticket to the event as well as this year’s custom Bike for Shelter hoodie! 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 2016 Raise and Ride raised nearly $1,500. WAY to GO riders! 

2016 Hoodie:

2017 Schedule

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


8:00 a.m. Registration Opens
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Bike Rodeo & Strider Bike Course
9:30 a.m. 11 Mile Neighborhood Ride*
10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. 2 Mile Fort Missoula Fun Ride
11:00 a.m. Registration Closes


10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Bounce House, Face Painting, Sack Races, Carnival Games
11:00 a.m. Barbecue Opens, Miniature Horse Cart Rides
11:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Music – TBA
12:05 p.m. Drawings & Awards (costume, bike raffle, bingo cards)
12:15 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Music – TBA
1:30 p.m. Thanks for Coming!

* Please register at least 15 minutes before this ride.

bike for shelter schedule image

Maps – the 2017 route has not been set yet.

Route map from 2016



It takes more than 150 volunteers to make Bike for Shelter possible and that is why we need your help! 

Available volunteer shifts will be posted soon!

THANK YOU in advance for supporting our mission to provide a safe and nurturing home to abused and neglected Montana children. Please contact Haydin Grotz if you would like to volunteer!!

Haydin Grotz
Development Coordinator
Watson Children’s Shelter
4978 Buckhouse Lane
Missoula, MT 59804
(406) 549-0058
[email protected]


Watson Children’s ShelterInfo_painted-faces
Mike Boehm, Executive Director
Alley Fontenot, Development Director
Pat Beebe, Office Manager
Haydin Grotz, Development Coordinator

Marketing & Pit Stop
Kasey Wright

Road Crew
Jim Rather

Bike Rodeo
Matt Doucette

Trish Anderson

Drew Rieker

Angie Doucette
Julie Pavlich

Photos – click photos to view slideshow!

Watson Children's Shelter

Watson Children's Shelter