August 10, 2019

Hastings, Nebraska

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Special Thanks to our Sponsors!

  • Barista's of Hastings
  • Bauer & Howard Dental Care
  • Bike Shed of Kearney
  • Borthwick Engineering & Construction
  • Brown's Shoe Fit
  • CycleNebraska
  • Eakes Office Solutions
  • Eileen’s Colossal Cookies
  • Englund & Lindsteadt Financial Advisors
  • Family Medical Center of Hastings
  • First Street Brewing Company
  • Five Points Bank of Hastings
  • Inkcredible Inc.
  • Keith's Pharmacies
  • Valentino's of Hastings

LiveWell Challenge Official Event


Now in its 19th year, the Kool-Aid Classic Bicycle Tour navigates the scenic, paved country roads surrounding the birthplace of Kool-Aid. Proceeds from the ride are donated to the construction and beautification of the Pioneer Spirit Trail. You can choose from 20, 40, or 65 mile routes. There are several rest stops along the route with plenty of Kool-Aid to enjoy.

New this year, GRAVEL option! Enjoy a 49-mile route over rolling hills and minimum maintenance roads of South Central Nebraska. With less than 5 miles of pavement, you'll be crushing a lot of gravel. Includes two rest stops, but no roving support. See route map below.

With the help of CycleNebraska, we are offering online registration this year!

2018 - Cyclists Break $30,000 Mark

2017 - Cyclists Dream Comes True

2016 - "Grape" Year Smashes Record

2015 - Blue Sky Ride for Kool-Aid Cyclists

2014 - Kool-Aid Cyclists Accelerate Donations to Pioneer Spirit Trail

2013 - Unlucky 13 turns into Perfect Ride

2012 - Cyclists Go "Mango" for Kool-Aid

2011 - Kool-Aid Cyclists Enjoyed a Smooth Ride

2010 - Kool-Aid Cyclists Raise $10,000 in 10 Years

2009 - Kool-Aid Keeps Cyclists Smiling

2008 - Soaked Cyclists Smile for Kool-Aid

2007 - Cyclists Just Keep Pedaling for Kool-Aid

2006 - Cyclists "Doped Up" on Kool-Aid

2005 - Cyclists Ride & Drink to Raise Money

2004 - PST Phase One Near Completion, Gets Big Donation

2003 - Kool-Aid Classic Bicycle Tour A Success


Saturday morning from 7:00 - 7:45 a.m. at the Highland Park shelter (behind the Hastings Museum at 14th & Burlington). Everyone must check-in and sign a release form. Public restrooms and water are available.

Start Time

Saturday morning, August 10, at 8:00 a.m. from the Highland Park parking lot.

Entry Fee

Pre-Registration — $30.00

  • Entries must be postmarked or submit on or before July 29, includes T-shirt

After July 29 & Day of Tour — $30.00

  • No T-shirt

Fee Includes

  • T-Shirt — For Pre-Registered Riders
  • Fully supported rest stops
  • Lunch at Valentino's of Hastings
  • Discount coupon to the Hastings Museum
  • Kool-Aid packet

Kool-Aid Classic T-shirtMerchandise

You can order an extra T-shirt or two for your significant other or for the whole family for just $10 each. Sizes range from Youth Small to Adult XXXL.

For More Information

Bruce & Alisa Sandahl
Phone: 402-463-1138


How to Get Here

Take Exit 312 from I-80. Turn South on Hwy 281 for about 16 miles. Turn Left (East) on 14th Street. Go two blocks and turn Right (South) on Hastings Ave. Go South and take the second left into the Hastings Utilities parking lot and park there. Registration is at the shelter in Highland Park across the street. Everyone must go through registration to sign the release form!

After the Ride

Showers are available after the ride at the Hastings YMCA on 16th Street. Join us at Valentino’s of Hastings for an after-ride meal. Additional meals may be purchased for your family and friends who may not have participated in the ride.

Pioneer Spirit Trail

With the help of cyclists like you, over $30,700 has been raised in the past 18 years for the hike/bike trail around Hastings. With the recent addition of a 3.1-mile section, the Pioneer Spirit Trail is now an 8.9-mile continuous trail system connecting residential areas, shopping districts, schools and recreational areas.


Helmets are required. Roads are open to traffic, so please obey all traffic and safety rules. All riders must sign a waiver at registration. Riders under 18 years old must have a parent or guardian sign their waiver.

Kool-Aid Days

In Downtown Hastings, thousands of “kids” of all ages gather the second weekend of August to celebrate the invention of Kool-Aid, Nebraska’s Official Soft Drink, by Edwin Perkins in 1927. The festival features the World’s Largest Kool-Aid Stand, giant inflatable rides, carnival games, festival foods, and many other events. Visitors can purchase commemorative “Kollectibles” including special $2 mugs, which entitle them to drink as much Kool-Aid as they want of the 16 flavors served.

For more information about Kool-Aid Days, visit the website


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