Welcome to the 2016 Owl Ride, set for Saturday July 16! Registration for this unique nighttime ride, the largest in the region, will open in late May. So make a note to check back with us then.

The Owl Ride gives riders a choice of an 7.5-mile short course and a 17-mile extended route. With its non-competitive format and choice of courses, both casual and serious riders and families can enjoy the unique experience of the Owl Ride. Come join us at 10 p.m. Saturday May 16 for the largest nighttime ride between Chicago and Denver.

The Owl Ride is not only a great and fun event, it’s for an amazing cause, with every dollar of your registration fee helping the non-profit Meyer Foundation for Disabilities improve the lives of adults with developmental disabilities in our community. In fact, with 2016 Owl Ride, we’re hoping you can help us Light Up Their Lives!

Almost everyone knows or went to school with someone who has Down Syndrome, autism or some other disability. Did you know that as children with disabilities age out of the school system into adulthood, support for them and their families dries up, often leaving them socially isolated?

The Owl Ride gives these families a lift, providing recreational, social and life skills programs for young adults with disabilities, many delivered through UNMC’s renowned Munroe-Meyer Institute. When you register for Owl Ride, you help these young adults enjoy an evening of swimming or games with friends, be part of a book club or learn to cook for themselves. And you give their families a much-needed break from the role of 24/7 caregivers. (See a video below for how the Owl Ride changes lives!). Please consider signing up for the Owl Ride, and help MFD Light Up Their Lives.

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The family-friendly short course takes riders from Omaha’s riverfront into midtown Omaha. The extended course continues through the heart of Dundee and Aksarben Village before returning downtown via Field Club. The map of this year’s course is still being finalized, but it will be similar to years past.  Click this link to see a previous course map.   2014 OwL Ride Route Map

The details:

The same-day event fee is $35 for adults and $15 for children 18 and under. On-line registration will remain open right up until the start of the ride. You can also register in person at Lewis and Clark Landing tonight. Owl Ride registration comes with:

  • Official Rider Guide/route map.
  • Rider identification bib (for registration confirmation and on-route bicycle maintenance support).
  • A cruise through the heart of Omaha on a great course, with police providing traffic support at major intersections (streets are open to traffic, though, so do ride with normal discretion).
  • Bicycle support provided by our local bike shop sponsors,  including Bike Rack, Olympia Cycle, The Bike Way, Trek Bicycle Store, Re-Cycle,  Bike Masters, and Omaha Bicycle Company.
  • Owl Perchs/rest stops with water/refreshments and snacks.
  • Post-ride snack and entertainment at Lewis and Clark Landing

NOTE: Helmets are required for all Owl Ride participants, and state law also requires anyone riding at night to have both a front light and rear reflectors. Our sponsors offer discounts on helmets and lights. See our Safety page for more information.

Packet Pickup

Registered riders are strongly encouraged to pick up their packet in advance of the ride.  Packet picket will be held at the Sports Authority store just north of 72nd and Pacific Streets on the following dates:

Wednesday July 8, 6-9 p.m.

Friday July 10, 6-9 p.m.

Saturday July 11 (day of event), 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

The Meyer Foundation for Disabilities

In addition to a great night, you will help people in our community. The ride is a benefit for the Meyer Foundation for Disabilities, which offers programs and activities for people with developmental disabilities. See how your registration helps to improve the quality of life and promote inclusion for teens and adults in greater Omaha:

FACEBOOK: Click here and like our page on Facebook so you can get updates on the ride right in your feed.

TWITTER:Follow us on Twitter! Click here to connect with the Owl Ride and stay up to date.

Want to see what it’s like? Click here to see The Omaha World-Herald’s great photos from the event.

More photos from UNMC.

And click here to see the World-Herald’s video coverage on Omaha.com.



Contests and Prizes

Click here to learn more about OwL Ride contests and prizes, including our Bright Bikes contest and the Biker Build Off, giving you a chance to win the ultimate in urban bikes! Click here for a video of the bikes you’ll have a chance to win.


Friends, co-workers and families may form teams to share the evening’s adventures.


Want to know more? Click here for a list of Frequently Asked Questions.