*If you have VIP tickets and do not need to purchase additional tickets, click on this link:

– VIP Tickets Only

*If you have VIP tickets and need to purchase additional tickets or if you need to purchase tickets, click on this link:

– Registration Only OR Registration and VIP Tickets

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?

Mark your calendars for the 19th annual Bike for Shelter on Saturday, May 11, 2019!

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, snow cones, numerous kid-friendly activities, and music to listen to on the lawn. 

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

2019 T-Shirt Artwork Contest

Contest Guidelines:

  • Student must be in 1st through 5th grade
  • Drawing must be of a MONKEY 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 25th

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 2018 T-Shirt Contest Winner was Maizy, a 5th grader at Sussex School!

Stay tuned for our 2019 sponsors!

2018 Sponsors:

Premier Big Wheeler Sponsor:

Sponsors page photosSuper Spoke Sponsors:


Power Pedaler:

ALPS Blackfoot • 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 • 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 • American Expedition Vehicles • Dr. Kevin A. Miltko, Miltko Family Dentistry • Garlington Lohn & Robinson  Lamar Advertising  Langel & Associates • Missoula Broadcasting/U 104.5 • Missoula Independent • Missoula Pediatric Dentistry • MSO HUB • Providence Health and Services Western Montana • Stone of Accord  Terry Payne & Company • Town Pump Charitable Foundation

Tricycle Trooper:

Advanced Technology Group • AlphaGraphicsBurnin’ Daylight Mini Horse Ranch • Comfort Systems USA • Gap • Integrated Information Solutions • JCCS Accounting Firm • The Kid’s Fun Zone • Kohl’s • Larry Stayner MD, Northern Rockies Orthopaedics • LumenAd • Mountain West Holding Company •  Office Solutions and Services • PartnersCreative • Republic Services of Montana • The Shirt Shop • Towe & Fitzpatrick, PLLCWarm Springs Productions

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 the19th annual Bike for Shelter. Participants who raise $150 or more for Watson Children’s Shelter will receive custom Watson Children’s Shelter swag!  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 2018 Raise and Ride raised over $2,000!! WAY to GO riders!

How it works: 

  1. Starting February 18th, click HERE to create your own Facebook fundraiser and title it “2019 Raise and Ride for Watson Children’s Shelter!”
  2. From then 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 11th 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!

2018 Schedule – Stay tuned for our 2019 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.

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2018 Route Map – Stay tuned for our 2019 course map!


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

Road Crew
Brett Weber

Bike Rodeo
Matt Doucette and Dana Hupp

Trish Anderson

Drew Rieker

Megan Sipes and Torin Dixon

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