About

Eugene Big Wheel Rally

Mission:

The Mission of the Eugene Big Wheel Rally Ltd is to support the fundraising efforts of local 501 (c) (3) non-profit organizations.

 

Organization:

Eugene Big Wheel Rally is incorporated as Eugene Big Wheel Rally Ltd with the Oregon Secretary of State and Department of Justice. The Eugene Big Wheel Rally Ltd is an all volunteer organization with no paid staff. While small enough to be currently classified as a 501 ( c) (3) non-profit, the Eugene Big Wheel Rally is in the process of submitting a formal application for 501 (c) (3) designation. Proceeds from raffles hosted by the Eugene Big Wheel Rally benefit local 501 (c) (3) non-profits. 


History:

Big Wheel Rally events around the country have different formats but all of them are essentially fundraising events based on riding Big Wheels. The term Big Wheel is loosely defined by the Eugene Big Wheel Rally to include any type of three (or more) wheeled pedal powered vehicles, including Big Wheels, Green Machines, tricycles, Razor trikes, homemade trikes etc. Rally riders are encouraged to be in costume and to dress up their Big Wheels. 


 The original concept of a Big Wheel Rally was started by Matt Armbruster, aka Captain Obvious. The Matt Armbruster Almost Annual Big Wheel Rally began in Boulder, Colorado. It started with Matt and some friends doing a downtown bar tour on Big Wheels. Over time, the Big Wheel Rally got bigger and eventually became a Boulder institution that has quite a few people returning to ride every year. The original Big Wheel Rally is now a fun event that raises funds for St. Joseph’s Deaconess Hospital Neonatal Intensive Care Unit in Denver. Matt has used his decades of Big Wheeling experience to invent and manufacture an adult sized Big Wheel called the High Roller.


What’s different about the Eugene Big Wheel Rally? At our first Rally, in addition to the over 21 Rally on July 28,  there were under 21 Big Wheel races on July 29. The under 21 Big Wheel Races took place after the Eugene Sunday Streets Parade. During the Eugene Sunday Streets event there were several blocks of city streets blocked off so riders had even more fun on the day after the over 21 Rally event! Because there are so many worthy causes out there the Eugene Big Wheel Rally selects the non-profits from nominations made by Rally participants. If nominated, your cause will be contacted by the Eugene Big Wheel Rally.   


The Eugene Big Wheel Rally is joining other events held in California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, and Ohio in having a good time while supporting worthy causes. The Eugene Big Wheel Rally had it’s first event on July 28 and 29, 2018. Your participation was appreciated! Check the events page for where to get a Big Wheel for 2019.  


The First Annual Eugene Big Wheel Rally, July 28 and 29, 2018, was a benefit for A Family for Every Child.  

The Second Annual Eugene Big Wheel Rally is on September 22, 2019. after the Eugene Sunday Streets  parade. Look for us on Lincoln and 8th.