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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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RATPOD 2014


The date for the 13th annual RATPOD has been set for Saturday, June 28, 2014.

Registration:

General registration will open on Tuesday, March 4, 2014 at 8 am (MTN time).

Registration fee will be $100 per rider.

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.

About RATPOD

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.

 

News and Events

 

This year's #GivingTuesday is on Tuesday, December 2. It was created in 2012 to be a national day of giving and inspire action around charitable giving, while kicking off the holiday giving season. We encourage you to choose Camp Mak-A-Dream with your online gift on Tuesday, December 2 at: www.campdream.org.

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Attention Camp donors, volunteers, friends and participants...you can support Camp this holiday season by shopping online with Amazon at:
http://smile.amazon.com/ch/81-0472959. Your shopping will benefit Children's Oncology Camp Foundation with a donation by Amazon to Camp with each eligible purchase.

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Thanks to all of the sponsors, riders, volunteers, donors, community members and vendors who helped make the 13th annual RATPOD event a success this year! Check out this year's ride photos here, as well as on our Facebook page. If you rode this year and have not yet completed the rider survey, we appreciate you taking just a couple of minutes to tell us what you think!

Next year's ride is set for Saturday, June 27, 2015 and we'll be updating the website in the near future with more information about registration.

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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: https://www.firstgiving.com/fundraiser/davidsobba/ratpod-2013.

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!

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We'd like to extend our sincere thanks and gratitude to the talented folks who made both the incredible new video and beautiful photography on this new site possible. They've all donated their time and footage to us and we can't thank them enough. Please check out their other work as well!

            

           Damon Ristau                    Tom Robertson                    John Belobraidic

         Firewater Film Co.       Tom Robertson Photography       JB Photography

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