Frequently Asked Questions

Thanks for registering for the 14th annual Bike Ride for the Kids! Our 2022 ride will be a little different than in past years. Here are a few frequently asked questions about the 2022 In-Person and Virtual Ride:

Not the highway, though there will be a few miles along city streets. The route consists predominantly bike paths and trails, includng through the Lakefront Trail, North Shore Channel, Chicago Botanic Gardens, and the North Branch of the Chicago River. The entire route is paved and the route will also be marked.

There are official rest stops with water, gatorade, and snacks at the designated water stop locations. Sag wagons will be available for emergencies and support. Each rider will have his/her gear bag waiting for you at the finish line.

Riders are welcome to use their own bikes but we also have partnered with two local bike rental companies--Bobby's Bike Hike and Bike and Roll Chicago--who are supporting this year's event with discounted bike rentals. You can book your rental with them directly (using the provided links below) and then the rental bikes will be transported from the rental shops to the start line Friday morning and returned following the ride.

We strongly recommend that you use a road bike. No one has completed the ride on a mountain bike. A hybrid bike is doable, but the ride will be much more difficult than on a road bike. You do have the option of training on those bikes and then renting a road bike for the event.

As you know, Bike Ride for the Kids is a charity ride supporting FIRST Lego League and STEM education. Donations go towards funding teams of students, along with the LEGO MINDSTORM robot kits they use to compete. We hope you consider asking your friends, family and coworkers to support you in your ride and toward our fundraising goal of $100,000. We recommend posting on your social media pages and sending emails to get donations. We included sample verbiage and graphics below. Make sure to include a link to your personal donation page in your post or email. You can find it by going to and copying your personalized donation URL.

Our general rule of thumb is a 1:4 run-to-bike ratio, meaning one mile of running at a moderate effort equals four miles of cycling at that same effort level. Cycling 12 miles is the equivalent of running three miles, with both effort levels being the same in a very general sense for cardiovascular fitness. We're also factoring in your dollars donated to your total score. Here's how the math works out: 

  • 1 mile run = 1 mile run (1 mile run gets you a point)
  • 1 mile biked = 1/4 mile run (4 miles biked gets you a point)
  • 1 dollar donated = 1/40 mile run (40 dollars donated gets you a point)

Therefore, if you bike 12 miles, run 3 miles, and have $100 donated, your total score is 8.50 points ((12*0.025) + (3*1) + (100*0.025))


Whether you are biking or running, indoor or outdoor, you have a few ways to log your miles. First, you must have an account with Strava. After creating both your BRFTK account and Strava account, connect both accounts by logging into your profile on and clicking the ORANGE “Connect with Strava” button. If you use one of the Strava-compatible wearable devices (check here), you can connect it to Strava.

Make sure you do this before the virtual competition starts! Once the competition starts, get going! If you are biking or running outdoors, make sure to plan your route or connect to GPS so you can enter your miles in Strava after the activity. If you are using a stationary bike or treadmill, make sure to take a photo of your mileage after the activity. You can log miles manually by clicking the "+" button on the top-right of your browser or via the Strava app. More info on manual entry here.

Yes! Station bike miles will count for the Virtual Competition, you have the option to use any type of stationary bike that captures mileage. We'd recommend taking a photo of your mileage at the end of each ride so that you can reference it when you log your miles on Strava. If you use a smart bike, like Peloton or NordicTrack, you can even connect it to Strava so that it automatically logs your rides for you (more info here).

Yes! Treadmill miles will count for the Virtual Competition. We'd recommend taking a photo of your mileage at the end of each run so that you can reference it when you log your miles on Strava. If you use a smart treadmill (Peloton, NordicTrack, etc), or wearable device (Apple Watch, fitbit, etc) you can even connect directly to Strava so that it automatically logs your miles for you (more info here).

This year we are not including walking in the virtual competition.

For those that have already registered for the original ride, contact Meg at