Lake Wobegon trail ride set for Sept. 8

Catholic Charities will host the seventh annual Lake Wobegon Regional Trail Ride benefitting Catholic Charities St. Cloud Children’s Home and local participating faith communities Saturday, Sept. 8. The ride begins in St. Joseph and ends in Sauk Centre. Families of all faiths are invited to participate in this benefit event.

Funds raised will support the Catholic Charities St. Cloud Children’s Home and local participating faith communities.

The event kicks off at 9 a.m. in St. Joseph (registration at 8:30 a.m.) and ends 36.1 miles later at the Sauk Centre fairgrounds. Other starting checkpoints are in Avon and Melrose between 10 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Participants will be given official wristbands for the ride. Note that helmets are required in order to partake in this event.

Light refreshments will be offered along the trail, as well as transportation to return riders and bikes back to their starting locations. The first return shuttle will depart from Sauk Centre at 1 p.m. and continue until 2:30 p.m. All are welcome to stay in Sauk Centre where refreshments will be provided from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Advance registration is preferred, but not required. Donation to ride is $30 and day of the event to ride is $35. Additional fundraising is encouraged but not required. Children under 12, priests, pastors and religious sisters are invited to ride for free thanks to generous donors. Registration forms are available online at

For more information or to register by mail, please contact Chuck Rieland, volunteer ride director at (763) 571-9661 or (320) 256-7148 (weekends).

Catholic Charities St. Cloud Children’s Home is a residential treatment facility that provides a safe place for at-risk youth. These children, ranging in ages from eight to 18, are given opportunities that might not otherwise be available to them. They learn coping skills and practice healthy family lifestyles.