Mankato River Ramble, Largest Fundraiser Ride in Southern MN This Sunday

Mankato Times

MANKATO, MINN. – The 7th annual Mankato River Ramble will hit the road this Sunday, October 8. This much-loved fall ride starts at Land of Memories Park, 100 Amos Owen Ln, Mankato at 8 a.m. and tours the sights and colors of the Minnesota River Valley with stops at Minneopa State Park, Rapidan Dam, Lake Crystal, Minnemishinona Falls, and (new in 2017) in the historic town of Good Thunder.

The Ramble is a community-wide celebration for cyclists, music lovers and foodies of all ages and attracts riders from across Minnesota and surrounding states. In fact, some families have three generations of riders participating on Sunday. The ride includes six Rest Stops, each with live music (from Billy and the Bangers to the Misty Trio, and more) and local baked goods, like pie from the Dam Store, Peace Coffee and fruit.

The Mankato River Ramble is an annual fundraiser for the Greater Mankato Bike & Walk Advocates and the Bicycle Alliance of Minnesota. Funds raised go toward bike-friendly work including educating kids about safe walking and bicycling, bike education classes for adults, working with local and state leaders to make our state more bike-friendly and more.

Five Great Routes

The 12-Mile Minneopa Falls Loop
is a traffic-free trail ride to Minneopa State Park where you’ll enjoy great live music and a 40-foot, two-tiered waterfall.

The 26-Mile Pie Run
takes you over the river and up the Red Jacket Trail to the Rapidan Dam Rest Stop and an array of award-winning pies. This is our most popular route. Don’t miss the dam overlook!

The 42-Mile Lake Crystal Loop
travels quiet country roads with Rest Stops at the handsome village of Lake Crystal and Minnemishinona Falls. Hang on to your helmet as you descend the famous “Elevator Shaft!”

New for 2017 – 12-Mile or 58-Mile Good Thunder Loops
Start early, bike strong and visit all five fabulous Rest Stops on the 58-mile Good Thunder Loop. You can also visit Good Thunder with a 42-mile tour.

Five Unique Rest Stops!
The River Ramble has the best Rest Stops in the business. Beautiful views, great live music and refreshments to match. Enjoy tasty baked goods, the freshest fruit and a delicious cup of hot coffee at each stop.

  • Minneopa State Park Rest Stop – Mile 3.5
    With great live music and a 40-foot two-tiered waterfall.
  • Rapidan Dam Rest Stop – Mile 13 or 29
    Riders will savor award-winning Dam Store pie.
  • Lake Crystal – Mile 20 or Mile 36
    Refresh yourself in beautiful downtown Lake Crystal.
  • Minnemishinona Falls Rest Stop – Mile 34 or Mile 50
    Features the new footbridge over the rock-walled gorge.
  • Good Thunder Rest Stop – Mile 18
    Visit the historic town of Good Thunder and see the giant mural!

The Mankato River Ramble is made possible thanks to the generous support of the Mankato Clinic and the Orthopedic & Fracture Clinic, as well as the support of more than 50 other sponsoring organizations.

Same day ride registration is available at Land of Memories Park from 8-10 a.m. Visit for more information.

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