What to Pack
For those staying overnight, you are permitted one gear bag (no exceptions will be made due to lack of space). All clothing, gear, bedding, and personal items must fit inside that bag and be packed tightly and securely with a maximum weight of seventy-five pounds. For the safety of our crew loading bags, we do not allow the use of bungee cords on bags. We recommend packing lightly and using a large soft-sided duffel bag.
Every participant will receive a comprehensive list of what to pack after they register!
Tuesday, July 24 - Thursday, July 26, from 7:30am to 6:00pm daily, will be Packet Pick-Up. This is a time for you to come to the ARCW offices in Madison and pick up your packet which will include your daily planner, your ID card, rider number, important info, and more! You can drop off your forms and money and meet other riders!
If a rider is unable to pick-up their packet during Packet Pick-Up week, they should contact the AIDS Ride Wisconsin - ACT Ride Coordinator, Carrie Sweet at 608.316.8619 to make alternative arrangements.
Friends and Family
There are many opportunities for friends and family to support you! They can donate to your cause and/or volunteer for the event. They can also attend our Opening Ceremonies, Closing Ceremonies, or come to our designated cheering stations. Please note: for the safety of all riders, no one is permitted to follow riders along the route other than the designated sweep and medical vehicles.
Opening Ceremonies begin at 7am on Friday, July 27 at Shelter #3 at Lake Farm Park in Madison. Coffee, bagels and doughnuts will be provided. Riders will depart at 7:30am and friends and family are encouraged to cheer them on as they depart.
Closing Ceremonies will be located at Shelter #3 at Lake Farm Park in Madison on Sunday, July 29. Friends and family are invited to arrive at noon and cheer on incoming riders. Food will also begin to be served at 12:30pm on Sunday. Closing ceremonies will begin at 4:00pm or when the last rider finishes. Lunch will be provided.
Parking is available and free at Lake Farm Park.
There are designated stops called Cheering Stations throughout the route that friends and family are permitted to stop and cheer at it. That list will be provided to all participants closer to the event.