Is there day-of-event registration?

No! Online registration closes approximately 24 hours prior to event day. After that time, call (312) 628-0210 to check availability as last minute cancellations may create open spots to participate.

I’m riding CowaLUNGa by myself. Do others ride alone?

Yes! The CowaLUNGa Charity Bike Tour hosts families with their young children, groups who register together, and individuals who ride alone. No matter who you are, you will meet lots of people with similar interests and by the time the ride is over, you’ll have many new friends. Everyone becomes part of the CowaLUNGa family (CowaLUNGa can even take credit for a number of marriages!). If you think you’d feel more comfortable being part of a team, read more about joining Team CowaLUNGa here.

Am I required to fundraise?

Yes. Funds raised by CowaLUNGa riders support RHA’S mission to promote healthy lungs and clean air through education, research, and policy change. We’ve set reasonable minimums and have many past participants who’ve raise well above that amount. Review the requirements and deadlines and visit our Fundraising Support resources to help you reach your fundraising goals.

Please note that riders who have not yet met the fundraising minimum by event day will be required to provide credit card information at start line check-in to participate in the event. If the minimum still has not been raised by the fundraising deadline, typically two weeks after the Tour has been completed, the credit card provided will be charged the difference between the current amount raised and the minimum required. You are not allowed to participate in this year’s ride if you have not fulfilled the minimum pledge requirement from a past event.

Do I have to wear a helmet?

Yes, all participants are required to wear helmets at all times while on their bikes. Your safety is our number one concern so no helmet = no ride.

I don’t own an expensive bike. Will I have to purchase a new one for CowaLUNGa?

No. It’s not important to own an expensive bike. What is important is your bike fits you, you are comfortable on it and you have trained on it. Also, it’s important your bicycle is in good condition. (We suggest a tune-up at one of our sponsoring bike shops – Village CycleSport or Wheel & Sprocket.) CowaLUNGa participants ride different types of bikes – road bikes, hybrid bikes, mountain bikes, recumbents and even tandems.

I’ve never been on an organized ride before and I’m a little nervous.

Even though that’s not a question, your nervousness is completely understandable. Respiratory Health Association (RHA) has hosted 22 successful bike tours so we know exactly what you need and when you’ll need it. You’ll receive lots of support throughout the three day ride. SAG drivers patrol the route in case you need a ride or other assistance. Mobile bike shops are available for on-the-road repairs. Medical volunteers keep an eye on our riders and remind everyone to stay hydrated. We supply food, arrange overnight accommodations, transport your gear, and get you and your bike back to the start line location. RHA even provides pre-ride training opportunities and fundraising coaching. We make available the tools you need for a successful and enjoyable experience.