Mark your calendars for the 18th Annual Bike for Shelter on Saturday, May 19, 2018!

Pre- Registration for our 18th Annual Bike for Shelter is now OPEN! See the links below for information on how to register:

– Registration Only OR Registration and VIP Tickets

– VIP Tickets Only

Note: Pre-Registration ends on Wednesday, May 16th at midnight. Registration will be available the day of the event from 8-11 a.m., but at an increased rate. The bike ride starts at 9:30 a.m.

WARNING: In consideration for participating in the 18th annual Bike for Shelter, Saturday May 19th, 2018, I assume responsibility for all my actions while on the grounds, facilities, traveling to and/or from any such facility, or engaged in an activity under the supervision of my adult team leader, and/or Watson Children’s Shelter staff and volunteers. I also acknowledge that helmets are required. All children must be accompanied by a parent, guardian, or responsible adult at all times. I know that bicycling is a potentially hazardous activity to myself and my additional riders. As the Primary Rider, I release Watson Children’s Shelter from any discomforts, dangers, or risks that I or my additional riders may encounter during this event. These discomforts, dangers, and risks include, but are not limited to: heart attacks, injuries to the feet and legs, strains, sprains, broken bones, falls, contact with other participants, the effects of weather, including heat or humidity, traffic and the conditions of the roads. I hereby affirm that I and my additional riders are in good physical condition, properly trained and do not suffer from any disability that would prevent participation. By signing, I also give Watson Children’s Shelter permission to photograph and to use pictures of me for marketing or fundraising materials.

Click HERE to view photos from the 17th 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 18 years of Bike for Shelter, on May 19, 2018!! 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: an 11-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 next year! 

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

T-shirt Artwork contest Guidelines:

• Student must be in 1st through 5th grade
• Drawing must be of a BEAR RIDING A BICYCLE
• Drawing must be in marker or crayon on plain white, 8 1/2 x 11 paper
• Students 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 26th

Our 2017 T-Shirt Contest Winner was Josie, a 5th grader at Cold Springs Elementary!

2018 sponsors coming soon!

2017 Sponsors

Premier Big Wheeler Sponsor:

Sponsors page photosSuper Spoke Sponsors:


Power Pedaler:

ALPS • Community Medical Center • First Interstate Bank • Good Food Store • Lithia Toyota of Missoula Muralt’s Travel Plaza • NorthWestern Energy

Cool Cruiser:

KLO Group – Merrill Lynch • Missoula Pediatric Dentistry • PayneWest Insurance •  Round|Carlino Investment Planning Group – a member of D.A. Davidson & Co. •  ALT 101.5 • KYSS 94.9 • ZOO 107.5 • 96.3 The Blaze

Mile Marker:

Allegiance Benefit Plan Management • American Expedition Vehicles • Garlington Lohn & Robinson • Kevin A. Miltko, D.D.S. – Miltko Family Dentistry • Lamar Advertising  Langel & Associates • Missoula Broadcasting/U 104.5 • MSO HUB • Stone of Accord  Terry Payne & Company • Town Pump Charitable Foundation • Zip Auto Service

Tricycle Trooper:

Advanced Technology Group • AlphaGraphics • The Bicycle HangarComfort Systems USA • Gap • Integrated Information Solutions • JCCS Accounting Firm • The Kid’s Fun Zone • Kohl’s • Larry Stayner MD, Northern Rockies Orthopaedics • Missoulian • Mountain West Holding Company •  Office Solutions and Services • PartnersCreative • Republic Services of Montana • The Shirt Shop • Warm Springs Productions •  Wild West Club & Burnin Daylight Mini Horse Ranch

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 for Montana children in crisis!

We welcome you to raise funds and ride in the 18th 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 (see below)! 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 2017 Raise and Ride raised over $1,000!! WAY to GO riders!

To start your own fundraising page as part of our team, click here and then click the “Join the Team & Create Your Own Fundraiser” button!

2018 Hoodie – Click the photos to see them enlarged!

2018 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
9:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. Start – 11 Mile Neighborhood Ride*
10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Start – 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 on the Lawn
12:00 p.m. Drawing for bike raffle & Award for best costume
12:15 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Music on the Lawn
12:30 p.m. Bingo Card drawing
1:30 p.m. Thanks for Coming!

* Please register at least 15 minutes before this ride.

bike for shelter schedule image

2018 Route Map


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
Matt Muir, Jim Rather, Dan Carlino

Bike Rodeo
Matt Doucette

Trish Anderson

Drew Rieker

Angie Doucette
Julie Pavlish

Photos – click photos to view slideshow!

*Pit Stop at Maclay Flat is permitted by Lolo National Forest

Watson Children's Shelter

Watson Children's Shelter