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Moonlight Ramble 2017

8th and Cerre - Downtown STL
Saturday, October 21, 2017


Join FM NewsTalk 97.1 at the 54th Annual Moonlight Ramble Bike Ride!

Presented by AARP in St. Louis, the 54th Annual Moonlight Ramble, the world’s original nighttime bike ride, returns to the streets of downtown St. Louis rescheduled for OCTOBER 21.  Attracting thousands of riders each year, the Moonlight Ramble includes a leisurely bike ride under the light of the moon through the streets of St. Louis, a vendor area, live musical entertainment, a glow-in-the-dark commemorative event t-shirt, and a family-friendly pre-ride and after-ride party.  Prizes will be awarded for Best Costume and Best Bike Décor. Participants can choose between a short (9.5 miles) ride and a long (18.5 miles) ride. Riders should arrive to 8th & Cerre Street between 9pm-11:45pm; the ride starts promptly at 12:01am.   

The costs are $50 (Premier Rider), $25 (Adult Rider) and $10 (Youth Rider ages 5-12).  Child riders five years and younger are free, and all riders ages 16 and under must be accompanied by an adult. A portion of the proceeds will benefit HI-USA and Kingdom House. To register, log on to

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Brought to you by AARP in St. Louis, Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety, The Smile Generation, Blue Moon and Weber Chevrolet


Tag your Moonlight Ramble photos #MoonlightRamble

In October 1964, Dick Leary, a ride leader for the Ozark Area Council of American Youth Hostels (the forerunner of Gateway Council, HI-USA), organized an urban nighttime bicycle ride, starting at midnight at St. Louis Union Station. Unfortunately, no one else showed up, so Dick was the sole participant in the first Moonlight Ramble. He tried again the next year and a few more people joined him. Even more came the following year and by the early 1970s the ride was drawing thousands of participants! Since this was a leisurely ride rather than a race, it had broad appeal. It was known early as the ‘Midnight Ramble’ but has been dubbed the ‘Moonlight Ramble’ since the 1970s.

Some riders came as children and are now bringing their own children to the event to continue the tradition. People have come from all over the country to participate and some even decorate their bikes (and bodies) to show their spirit!

HI-USA is the beneficiary of the 2017 Moonlight Ramble and is the American affiliate of the Hostelling International network of more than 4,000 hostels in over 80 countries. As a nonprofit organization, they are celebrating 75 years of experience in serving young travelers. Hostelling International USA (registered as American Youth Hostels, Inc.) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit membership organization founded in 1934 to promote international understanding of the world and its people through hostelling. HI-USA operates a network of over 60 quality hostel accommodations throughout the United States that are inexpensive, safe and clean. 

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