CowaLUNGa Event Details

Registered Riders – Cow – What You Need to Know for event weekend!

Event dates: August 3-5, 2019

Start line location: Gurnee Mills Mall, 6170 W Grand Ave, Gurnee, IL 60031

CowaLUNGa Charity Bike Tour raises funds and awareness for Respiratory Health Association. Proceeds from the Tour benefit RHA’s mission to prevent lung disease, promote clean air, and help people live better through education, research, and policy change.

Choose to ride 18 or 65 miles in one day, 130 miles in two days, or 190 miles over three days. All routes are one-way with full SAG and medical support and include two daily rest stops, breakfast and dinner, and bus and bike transportation back to the start line at Gurnee Mills in Gurnee, Illinois. Free overnight parking is available onsite at Gurnee Mills for the event’s duration.

“Well-supported and manageable for any level rider. CowaLUNGa is not a typical fundraising or sporting event — I found it to be so much more. As a recipient of the “golden cow” (given to 5-year riders), this event has become the big party I look forward to all summer. Distance riding was fairly new to me the first year. With more experience under my belt, it now provides the athletic challenge as well. The ride itself is so well-supported and manageable for any level. I’ve made friends for life and support a cause for life thanks to CowaLUNGa. 
– Leah C., Chicago, IL

Route Options

Read a description of CowaLUNGa’s 18-mile and one, two, and three day rides.

Ride Logistics

Learn more about food, lodging, bike and medical support, and other event logistics.

Costs & Deadlines

Find registration costs,* including early-bird registration discounts and fundraising deadlines. Please note, there is no day-of-event registration for any of the ride options. *Discounts, costs, and fundraising minimums subject to change annually.

Training & Safety

Get training and safety tips for CowaLUNGa so you can enjoy every second of your ride. Riders are required to wear their own, secured helmets at all times while on their bikes. NO HELMET, NO RIDE.

Be a Lung Health Champion!

All RHA events offer the opportunity to become a Lung Health Champion. Receive special CowaLUNGa perks and benefits, including a fundraising coach and coveted Voler cycling jersey designed just for CowaLUNGa, when you agree to raise $1,000.

Team Information

CowaLUNGa is even more fun when you share the ride with others! Learn more about joining Team CowaLUNGa or forming a team of your own.

Fundraising Support

As a charity ride, RHA wants to make your CowaLUNGa fundraising easy. Find resources to help you reach and even surpass your fundraising goal.

Rider Documents

Find all of the important documents you’ll need as a CowaLUNGa rider.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Everything you’ve ever wanted to know about the CowaLUNGa Charity Bike Tour may be found in our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).

Smoke-Free Event

CowaLUNGa is an entirely smoke-free event which includes forbidding the use any tobacco products, e-cigs, or vaping during the event including but not limited to rest stops, public places, housing accommodations and anywhere affiliated with CowaLUNGa. Anyone engaged in tobacco use or activity may be immediately removed from the event. Yep, we are serious.


Ready to ride? Sign up for Cow emails.

You’ll receive occasional event updates throughout the year and alerts when registration for the CowaLUNGa Charity Bike Tour opens.

Still can’t find what you need? Contact Gina Schwieger, Senior Director of Special Events, via email at [email protected] or call (312) 628-0210.