The LA Rivers Challenge

Taking the place of the LA River Ride for 2021, the LA Rivers Challenge is LACBC's effort to help keep our community moving and healthy. Imagined as a virtual event that takes place across the entirety of LA County throughout the month of June, the LA Rivers Challenge will a new fun way to stay physically and mentally healthy while learning more about the entire LA River watershed. Take part in weekly challenges to earn badges and fundraise to access great prizes!

Below are FAQs for the new event. If you have additional questions, please send us an email at info@la-bike.org and we'll do our best to answer it.

LA Rivers Challenge FAQs

General FAQs

How long is the LA Rivers Challenge?


The LA Rivers Challenge is not like the LA River Ride of past years. Instead of fixed routes, the LA Rivers Challenge can be completed in your own community, at your own pace, and with routes of your choice. Pick from any of the Challenge levels and how you would like to participate. Also, for the first time, LACBC is including walking and running as options for participating in the Challenge. If you are unable to get outside, you can even complete the Challenge on your stationary trainer or treadmill. Our goal is focused on getting community members active to help improve their physical and mental health. To see our Challenge levels, visit lariverschallenge.com to learn more.




How do I volunteer for the LA Rivers Challenge?


Unlike previous in-person events, the LA Rivers Challenge being a fully virtual event means that volunteer opportunities are limited. We do not have any in-person volunteer opportunities associated with the event, but if you still want to volunteer in a virtual capacity, fill out our volunteer sign-up form at https://lacbc.salsalabs.org/volunteersignupform.




What is the course like?


Unlike prior years, the LA Rivers Challenge is not based around a fixed course. Instead, you decide where you want to ride, walk, or run to meet the distance level you select for the Challenge. During the course of the month of June, we'll also be sharing opportunities to earn Badges that will help you towards your distance level. If you complete each of the Badges, you'll have met the distance level you selected. Additionally, each of the Badges will be associated with one of the many waterways of LA County. These waterways are presented as a learning opportunity about the various bodies of water that make up the LA River watershed. Some of the waterways will be presented with protected bike paths that you can ride and others will just be representative distances. Either way, you are not expected to go out of the way to be active along those waterways. Instead, the focus is to complete the distance of that waterway whereever you are able to be active.




Is the ride all on the LA River bike path or do I have to ride on city streets?


The beauty of the LA Rivers Challenge is that you are not restricted to where you can ride. Instead of a fixed route, pick the routes that suit you best. The goal is to achieve your distance level and your fundraising goal during the month instead of riding a specific route. If you need help finding places to ride, consider the list of LACBC self-guided rides, including our Intersections rides to explore LA County and learn more about our communities.




Are there any hills on the Rivers Challenge?


Only if you want there to be. Pick your own route and include hills to challenge yourself or ride it all flat to make it easier to achieve your distance level.




What happened to the Long Beach start/finish?


Unlike in prior years, the LA Rivers Challenge is fully virtual so you can feel free to start wherever and whenever you are most comfortable. This event is intended to be highly flexible while still adhering to the public health guidelines around the COVID-19 pandemic.




What is included in registration?


Your registration includes an entry into the LA Rivers Challenge, a face covering to use during your outdoor activities, a fundraising page for you to help generate support for LACBC, coaching emails, regular encouragement emails, Badge announcements, and great facts about our county's many lesser known waterways. Our goal is to help you enjoy your outdoor activities and also learn more about how important our waterways are to our communities.




What is the last day to register online?


Unlike in previous years, you can register for the LA Rivers Challenge all the way to the end of the month of June. While you'll be much more hard-pressed to meet your distance level if you register later, we wanted to increase the flexibility of the event.




Is there same-day registration?


Absolutely! Register anytime before and through the end of the month of June. Sign up anytime to participate.




Is registration refundable?


All entry fees are non-refundable. Unfortunately, your entry fee will NOT be able to be transferred to next year’s event, no exceptions. This policy stays in effect whether you are injured, have unexpected business or family emergency, etc.




Is registration transferable?


Yes, ride registration is transferable to another person. Just notify us that you are unable to participate and we will allow you to transfer your registration fee to cover another individual. That person must register for the event and set up their own participant profile. To request a transfer, please send an email to info@la-bike.org with the subject line "LA Rivers Challenge Registration Transfer" and make sure to include your full name, your email address that you used to register, the full name of the new participant, and the best email address where we can reach them.




How do I register for a tandem bicycle?


Register one person in the pair and make sure that you set up your profile page to show that you are on a tandem bicycle. You will only receive one welcome packet and one face covering so if you want to receive multiples of the commemorative face covering, you'll need to register each person who will receive one.




Are e-bikes allowed?


Absolutely! We request that you let us know if you are using an e-bike during your registration so that we can make sure to classify you differently, but you are more than welcome to use an e-bike so long as you follow all relevant laws.




Where do I pick up my ride materials?


You don't have to worry about picking up ride materials this time! All relevant materials will be provided to you electronically or via postal mail.




Can I rent a bike for the ride?


Of course! You should ride whatever bike you have access to. If you need a discount on a rented bike, check out one of our Bike Friendly Businesses.




How do I track my mileage?


Tracking your mileage is as easy as 1-2-3!! 1. Tracking Your Mileage: First decide which app you are going to use for tracking your run/walk/ride. Use your favorite app or try out one of these apps: Strava FitBit CycleDroid MapMyRide Google Fit Apple Health 2. Uploading Your Mileage: You will need to update your mileage accomplishments on your Challenge fundraising page. You can go to our Mileage Tracking Form and log your current mileage. ( Bookmark the Mileage Tracking Form for easy access) NOTE: Make sure that you use the email address associated with your fundraising page! 3. When To Update Your Mileage: You can update your mileage every day, once a week, or as soon as you finish your exercise, whatever works for you! (Make sure that you add your TOTAL miles for the week every time you enter your new mileage -- the form will overwrite your previous entry in the week.) **To qualify to earn your weekly LARC Badge/s, update your mileage total for the week by 11:59pm on Sunday night** Watch for LA Rivers Emails: 4. Planning Your Week: Look out for an email with the Challenge of the Week Badges on Mondays (the first one will be on Tuesday, June 1st) so that you can plan your week and decide how to meet your goals. You can achieve more than one badge every week. They can add up! 5. Winning Your Weekly Badges: You will get an email on Mondays with any badges that you earned from the previous week, as well as your total mileage to date that you have logged. Check out the Weekly Badges here. 6. FUNdraising Goals: You will also get an email every time you meet a fundraising goal. All earned rewards will be mailed out at once and together after the challenge ends on June 30th. The giveaway for all our amazing prizes will be held in the beginning of July. So, keep fundraising to get your entry to WIN. 7. Need Ideas & Inspiration?? We are here for you as you support our mission to make LA a more liveable region for cyclists and pedestrians, call us at 424-625-2722 anytime. We have fun tips and inspiration for fundraising -- go to www.LARiversChallenge.com and click on our Fundraising Tips section. If you have a question, please email us at info@la-bike.org.





2020 River Ride FAQs

I signed up in 2020 for the 20th Annual River Ride. How will you honor that registration?


Keep an eye on the email you used to register for the River Ride last year. We will send you a specific discount code to use for your complementary registration. Additionally, to thank you for your support and loyalty, we will send you a limited edition River Ride t-shift, commemorating the ride that did not happen.





For participants

How do I track my mileage?


Tracking your mileage is as easy as 1-2-3!! 1. Tracking Your Mileage: First decide which app you are going to use for tracking your run/walk/ride. Use your favorite app or try out one of these apps: Strava FitBit CycleDroid MapMyRide Google Fit Apple Health 2. Uploading Your Mileage: You will need to update your mileage accomplishments on your Challenge fundraising page. You can go to our Mileage Tracking Form and log your current mileage. ( Bookmark the Mileage Tracking Form for easy access) NOTE: Make sure that you use the email address associated with your fundraising page! 3. When To Update Your Mileage: You can update your mileage every day, once a week, or as soon as you finish your exercise, whatever works for you! (Make sure that you add your TOTAL miles for the week every time you enter your new mileage -- the form will overwrite your previous entry in the week.) **To qualify to earn your weekly LARC Badge/s, update your mileage total for the week by 11:59pm on Sunday night** Watch for LA Rivers Emails: 4. Planning Your Week: Look out for an email with the Challenge of the Week Badges on Mondays (the first one will be on Tuesday, June 1st) so that you can plan your week and decide how to meet your goals. You can achieve more than one badge every week. They can add up! 5. Winning Your Weekly Badges: You will get an email on Mondays with any badges that you earned from the previous week, as well as your total mileage to date that you have logged. Check out the Weekly Badges here. 6. FUNdraising Goals: You will also get an email every time you meet a fundraising goal. All earned rewards will be mailed out at once and together after the challenge ends on June 30th. The giveaway for all our amazing prizes will be held in the beginning of July. So, keep fundraising to get your entry to WIN. 7. Need Ideas & Inspiration?? We are here for you as you support our mission to make LA a more liveable region for cyclists and pedestrians, call us at 424-625-2722 anytime. We have fun tips and inspiration for fundraising -- go to www.LARiversChallenge.com and click on our Fundraising Tips section. If you have a question, please email us at info@la-bike.org.




I registered, but I am not getting any messages or notifications?


It is likely you opted out of emails from LACBC. To resubscribe, go to https://lacbc.salsalabs.org/LACBCNewsCycleNewsletterSignup20210128/index.html and sign up for our newsletter to resubscribe yourself. Not only will this allow you to get future updates about the challenge, you'll also be able to receive our biweekly newsletter with great news and updates about active transportation throughout LA County!




I registered, but cannot log into the LA Rivers Challenge site?


The most likely issue here is that you did not elect to be a fundraiser so a profile page was not created for you. You can request to have a profile page activated for you by emailing info@la-bike.org. Please make sure you indicate what email address you used to register for the event so we can identify the correct record.




How do I join a team?


If you did not select a team to join when you registered, you can still join a team via your Profile page. Just log into your LA Rivers Challenge profile, select the "Edit Page" tab at the top, and click "Edit" under "Page Settings" on the left. This should allow you to choose your team!




Can I count indoor cycling miles?


Absolutely. Our goal is to encourage folks to stay active and healthy in any way possible. Many folks are not comfortable yet venturing outside extensively and if you're able to do your miles indoors, you are absolutely able to count them.