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Donate to a Rider

You can make a tax-deductible donation in the name of a RATPOD rider or make a contribution to Camp Mak-A-Dream’s general camp fund. Simply click this link to  Firstgiving to make an online donation on behalf of the rider of your choice by typing in the name of the rider you'd like to support, OR, click on the 'Fundraisers' tab to list all of the rider fund raising pages that have been established for this year's ride. You may also simply make a general contribution to the organziation if there isn't a specific rider(s) you wish to support. 

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The 15th annual RATPOD is set for Saturday, June 25, 2016.

registration will open in early March. please check back for additional details.



RATPOD is a 130-Mile, one-day bicycle ride to benefit Camp Mak-A-Dream, a cost-free, medical camp in Western Montana serving children, teens, young adults and families affected by cancer. Riders are encouraged to raise donations for the camp and bring them to the event Prizes will be awarded to the top donation-earning riders.

The ride takes place in the remarkably scenic Big Hole Valley of southwestern Montana. Riders will encounter three wilderness mountain ranges. Pristine rivers are followed. The valley is sparsely populated and therefore lightly traveled by automobile. This is bicycle nirvana!

RATPOD starts and ends each year in Dillon, Montana. Registration for RATPOD is open to individual riders who are welcome to ride as much or as little of the route as desired. Riders who choose to ride only part of the 130-mile route are responsible for their own logistics and transportation between Dillon and their alterate start/finish location(s). There are five food/water stops along the route, as well as pre-ride pasta dinner (Friday evening) and post-ride barbecue and music (Saturday night) following the ride at the start/finish on the University of Montana-Western campus in Dillon - all of which are included with riders' registration fees.

There is also a fundraising component to this event. By registering for RATPOD, riders are also agreeing to raise a minimum of $100 in donations for the cause (separate from the registration fee) - Camp Mak-A-Dream. You may also choose to make that donation yourself if you prefer not to fund raise.

News and Events

The 15th annual RATPOD is set for Saturday, June 25, 2016. General online registration will open on Tuesday, March 1 at 8 am (mtn. time) and is open to the first 650 riders to sign up. As in the past, riders who raised $1,000 or more for the 2015 RATPOD event will be eligible to pre-register prior to the March 1 date. We will be contacting those riders directly after the first of the year with details.

Mark your calendars....and we'll see you in the Big Hole on June 25!


Thank you to everyone who participated in, volunteered at and supported this year's RATPOD event. It turned out to be a fun and successful day (despite the heat). Your efforts helped raise over $400,000 for Camp Mak-A-Dream's cost-free programs for cancer patients and their families.

We value your participation and opinions, so if you would take just a minute or two to complete our rider survey we would really appreciate your feedback on this year's event.

Also, you can check out this year's ride photos on Camp Mak-A-Dream's Flickr page.



Read a bit about Makenna from Billings, MT. She's excited about coming to Camp this summer - and YOUR efforts through RATPOD help make her cost-free experience possible.


Most everyone who has participated in RATPOD (and many who have made contributions to it) is probably familiar with the name David Sobba. David has been riding in and raising money for Camp Mak-A-Dream through this event since 2004 - the same year he was diagnosed with cancer. His passion for this cause, his dedication to raising money and spreading the word was tremendous to say the least. David's name appears on the RATPOD top fundraiser trophy now 7 times, most recently for his efforts in raising over $28,000 in 2012 alone! 

Sadly we lost David on January 22, 2013. In his honor, numerous members of 'Team Sobba' who have ridden and supported David's efforts in past years, will ride again this year on June 29 to honor him and all he was to so many of us. David even has a fundraising page for THIS YEAR's event for anyone who would like to make a donation to RATPOD/Camp Mak-A-Dream in his name:

In his honor, the RATPOD trophy will be officially renamed in David's name and his name will also appear on this year's jerseys. David, you will continue to be with us both at RATPOD and at Camp this year and long into the future!