Zachary Manago’s Ride in Paradise, is an incredibly special event to us all. Zach’s Ride is not only a wonderful community-based ride that brings people together for the love of biking and emphasizes our need for safer streets, but is a tribute and memorial ride to celebrate the life of Zachary Manago, a young HPU student who’s life was taken far too soon by a senseless driver.
Although we will not be riding together for Zach’s Ride in 2020 – we want to recognize the tremendous contribution and positive impact that Zach’s vision, nine fundraising rides, and the advocacy by the Manago family, has had in moving Hawaiʻi to be more bicycle friendly. Mahalo for your courage, vision, and dedication.
Please help us keep Zach’s Vision of safer streets rolling on through 2020, by:
- Donating to Zach’s Fund to Support Safer Streets
- Entering Zach’s Bicycle Safety Video Contest
- Sharing Your Favorite Zach’s Ride Memory
Donate to Zach’s Fund to Support Safer Streets
And Receive Zach’s Mahalo Gifts Shipped to You!
$22 donation: Zach’s Ride Stickers
$50 donation: Zach’s Ride Water Bottle + Stickers
$200 donation: Zach’s Ride Classic Black & White Fundraiser Champion Jersey (pictured below) + Water Bottle + Stickers + Your Name Added to Zach’s Fundraiser Champions List
Zach’s Fund helps make our bicycle safety and awareness programs possible as we continue to advocate for more bike lanes and safer roads for all. We depend upon donations to fund our non-profit mission and truly value your support.
Zachary Manago’s Ride in Paradise is a very special event. Beyond spreading awareness of bicycle safety and sharing Hawaii’s roads, the ride also brings together our community with a sense of responsibility for looking out for one another and taking care of each other with Aloha.
Zachary Manago, a promising HPU student, baseball player, and avid cyclist was killed on December 17, 2010 while on a bike ride around Oahu. He was riding on the road shoulder with proper equipment and lights when struck by a hit and run driver. Zach was passionate about safer bicycling facilities and wanted to make Hawaii safe so more people could bike. This ride is to honor Zach. Mahalo to the Manago family and friends for their continued support and volunteer efforts to make this event happen each year!
More Bicycle Lanes: Read Zach’s last major research writing assignment at Hawaii Pacific University. It was written a few weeks before his death. Ride in Paradise Zach – 2010 Paper
Entry Fees: While Zach’s Ride is a free event, we encourage participants and community members to Fundraise for Zach’s Vision. Zach’s Fund supports the Zachary Manago’s Ride in Paradise, plus helps make other bicycle safety and awareness programs possible as we continue to advocate for more bike lanes and safer roads for all.
Ride Starts & Regrouping: The ride has (3) optional start locations (and distances), and is a one-way ride. Riders will re-group at all start locations and should not ride ahead of the group start times, as upcoming aid station and support will not be available ahead of schedule.
Finish: The last stretch of the ride is on the Zacharay M. Manago Memorial Bikeway on Ala Napunani St., finishing at Ala Puumalu Community Park. The Manago Family and Friends prepare a dinner for all the riders as we come together at the end of a great ride to honor Zach and his vision.
2019 Event Info Below
Fundraise for Zach’s Vision!
While Zach’s Ride is a free event, we encourage participants and community members to Fundraise for Zach’s Vision. Zach’s Fund supports the Zachary Manago’s Ride in Paradise, plus helps make other bicycle safety and awareness programs possible. Please create a fundraising page when you sign up for the event, or click the link below for the fundraising page.
Click here to start your own Zach’s Fund Page today!
- $22 – Zach’s Ride Stickers
- $50 – Zach’s Ride Water Bottle + ZR Stickers
- $100 – Zach’s Ride 2019 T-Shirt + ZR Water Bottle + ZR Stickers
- $250 – Zach’s Ride 2019 Fundraiser Champion Jersey + ZR T-Shirt + ZR Water Bottle + ZR Stickers
- $400 – All of Above + 2017 Classic Black & White Zach’s Ride Fundraiser Champion Jersey
2019 Jersey Designed by CKaweekS & Primal Wear
Kaʻena Point is a beautiful area and significant part of Zach’s Ride. At this vantage point, our journey begins. The Manu (birds) represent the Managos with Zach guiding everyone toward the finish in Moanalua, Zach’s home. The manu were significant in Hawaiian wayfinding. The Ilima and Naupaka (plants/flowers) are native to the area.
Jerseys to be ordered and delivered after event to guarantee sizes
2019 Fundraiser Champion Jerseys are EXCLUSIVE to fundraisers, and will NOT be for sale after fundraising closes on July 13, 2019.
You will pickup your rider number at your selected start location.
Camp Erdman – Start #1
- 7:00am – Registration Open / Pickup Rider Numbers
- 7:45am – Ride Announcements & Safety Briefing
- 8:00am – Ride Start
Pokai Bay Beach Park – Start #2 – All Riders Regroup
- 10:00am – Registration Open / Pickup Rider Numbers
- 10:45am – Ride Announcements & Safety Briefing
- 11:00am – Ride Start
Neal Blaisdell Park – Start #3 – All Riders Regroup
- 1:30pm – Registration Open / Pickup Rider Numbers
- 2:15pm – Ride Announcements & Safety Briefing
- 2:30pm – Ride Start
Finish Area – Ala Puumalu Community Park
- 3:00pm – Riders Arriving to Finish Area
- T-Shirts Available for Sale
- Dinner with New Friends & Old
- 6:00pm – Pau
It’s a ride! Not a race. The ride is about fostering community, connecting with new friends, and enjoying the day. Riding together is a fundamental part of the ride and the mandatory re-grouping brings all riders back together. Pokai Bay and Blaisdell Park are aid stations for everyone that has already been riding and are optional second and third starts for those riding a shorter distance. It’s important all riders re-group at these locations and not ride ahead of the group start times, as upcoming aid station and support will not be available ahead of schedule.
A map will be provided on ride day, but we highly recommend you familiarize yourself with the course and the turns ahead of time.
Some signs and volunteers will support key intersections, but knowing the course and upcoming turns will be very helpful.
Support fellow riders on the course with minor mechanical adjustments and course directions if needed. A special Friendship Ride Leader bib will be provided for you, to identify you as someone who can help. Contact Events@HBL.org to sign up.
If you’re not positive that your bike is in top shape, take it to your friendly local bike store for a quick tune-up. At many shops, no appointment is necessary and the tune-up should take a relatively short amount of time. However, it’s polite to call and ask before showing up with your bike.
Make Sure Your Bike Fits You – The biggest problem facing most cyclists is bike fit. Nearly all cyclists need some sort of adjustment to their bikes in order to achieve maximum performance. And while you may feel comfortable at first, as your body adapts, your bike may need readjustment. An improperly fit bike can cause an uncomfortable riding experience or even injury. If your knees hurt, chances are you are riding an improperly adjusted bike. Take your bike in to your local bike store to have it professionally fitted.
Safety: Riders will re-group at all stops. A sweep vehicle will follow the last rider. If you decide to stop, please let one of the Friendship Ride Leaders or volunteers in a vehicle know. Helmets and front brakes are required.
Support: There are water stops, aid stations, and mechanical aid along the course. But be prepared to support yourself and other riders. Bring a water bottle, extra tubes, snacks, sunscreen, insurance card, and anything else you may need. Consider taking our FREE basic bike maintenance class if you don’t know how to fix a flat!
Questions about Kaena Point? Video of riders on the point
Riders on everything from fixed-gears, road bikes, and mountain bikes have made it around Kaena Point on Zach’s Ride. It is bumpy and can be muddy, so be prepared to carry your bike at some point or another! We’d recommend leaving the road shoes/pedals at home and opting for either flat pedals or mountain bike shoes. We receive many questions about Kaena each year and I promise hundreds of riders have successfully completed it before! We have volunteers who help in the tricky parts too. It’s part of what makes Zach’s Ride fun, riding somewhere you wouldn’t normally!