Events / Appearances
54th Annual Moonlight Ramble Bike Ride
The Moonlight Ramble Bike Ride has been rescheduled to Saturday, September 16th at 8th and Cerre in downtown St. Louis!
Stay ahead of the curve - here are your 2017 Moonlight Ramble® routes!
Short route: click HERE [10 miles]
Long route: click HERE [17.7 miles]
Haven't registered yet? No worries - you can still register HERE! Register before September 10th and get a free commemorative Moonlight Ramble t-shirt!
The pre-party begins at 9pm with live music, vendors, and a best costume and bike lights contest with cash prizes!
Attracting thousands of riders each year, the Moonlight Ramble includes a leisurely bike ride under the light of the moon through the streets of St. Louis, a vendor area, live musical entertainment, a glow-in-the-dark commemorative event t-shirt, and a family-friendly pre-ride and after-ride party. Prizes will be awarded for Best Costume and Best Bike Décor. Participants can choose between a short (9.5 miles) ride and a long (18.5 miles) ride. Riders should arrive to 8th & Cerre Street between 9pm-11:45pm; the ride starts promptly at 12:01am.
Packet pick-ups will be at pop up locations across the St. Louis Metro Area. A list of those locations is published at moonlightramble.com.
In October 1964, Dick Leary, a ride leader for the Ozark Area Council of American Youth Hostels (the forerunner of Gateway Council, HI-USA), organized an urban nighttime bicycle ride, starting at midnight at St. Louis Union Station. Unfortunately, no one else showed up, so Dick was the sole participant in the first Moonlight Ramble. He tried again the next year and a few more people joined him. Even more came the following year and by the early 1970s the ride was drawing thousands of participants! Since this was a leisurely ride rather than a race, it had broad appeal. It was known early as the ‘Midnight Ramble’ but has been dubbed the ‘Moonlight Ramble’ since the 1970s.
Some riders came as children and are now bringing their own children to the event to continue the tradition. People have come from all over the country to participate and some even decorate their bikes (and bodies) to show their spirit!
HI-USA is the beneficiary of the 2017 Moonlight Ramble and is the American affiliate of the Hostelling International network of more than 4,000 hostels in over 80 countries. As a nonprofit organization, they are celebrating 75 years of experience in serving young travelers. Hostelling International USA (registered as American Youth Hostels, Inc.) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit membership organization founded in 1934 to promote international understanding of the world and its people through hostelling. HI-USA operates a network of over 60 quality hostel accommodations throughout the United States that are inexpensive, safe and clean.
Brought to you by AARP in St. Louis, Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety, The Smile Generation, Blue Moon, and Weber Chevrolet!