August 12, 2017

Hastings, Nebraska

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LiveWell Challenge Official Event


Pour on the fun during the 17th annual Kool-Aid Classic Bicycle Tour! You’ll be wearing a Kool-Aid smile as you pedal 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.

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 12, at 8:00 a.m. from the Highland Park parking lot.

Entry Fee

Pre-Registration — $28.00

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

After July 29 & Day of Tour — $28.00

  • No T-shirt

Fee Includes

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 $26,500 has been raised in the past 16 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 to shopping districts and schools with 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 its new location on the Hastings Campus of Central Community College, thousands of “kids” of all ages gather on the second weekend of every 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, call 402-461-8405 or visit the website


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