The Kool-Aid Classic Bicycle Tour celebrates its 14th year! Put on your fruit covered helmet and navigate the scenic, paved country roads surrounding the birthplace of Kool-Aid. Part of your registration fee is 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.
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.
Saturday morning, August 8, at 8:00 a.m. from the Highland Park parking lot.
Pre-Registration — $25.00
After July 25 & Day of Tour — $25.00
For More Information
Bruce & Alisa Sandahl
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
From the funds raised with the help of cyclists like you, $6000 from the Pioneer Spirit Trail fund was donated to the City of Hastings to help purchase the land for the final section of Phase 2. Now completed, this section connects Phase 1 with Phase 2 for a continuous 5.2-mile trail around Hastings. This trail connects Libs Park, Lake Hastings, Hastings College, Heartwell Park and the train station. All totaled, the event has raised over $18,000 for the Pioneer Spirit Trail.
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.
Thousands of “kids” of all ages gather in Hastings, Nebraska the second full 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, trolley rides through the Hastings Historic District 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 16 flavors served.
For more information about Kool-Aid Days, call 402-461-8405 or visit the website www.kool-aiddays.com.
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