The Dads Honor Rides

Wrigley Field

The purpose of the Dads Honor Rides was to raise awareness and resources for the organizations focused on strengthening child-father relationships, including but not limited to: Boot Camp For New Dads, Illinois Fatherhood Initiative, Million Father March, National Center for Fathering, Native American Fatherhood Association, Watch D.O.G.S. (Dads of Great Students) and many others. Riders stopped in communities along the routes to honor and celebrate fathers and in many instances presented dads with a Great Dad Coin, as a symbol of their commitment to fathering.

Scroll down to see a brief recap of DHR15, DHR16, DHR17 and DHR 23.


21CD would like to thank the following organizations for their generous support:

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About The Honor Rides


Dad Honor Ride 2015, was a 21 day, 2,325 miles bicycle ride from Santa Monica, CA to Chicago, IL. The ride started on June 1st and concluded June 21st, Father’s Day, at U.S. Cellular Field, before the Chicago White Sox baseball game. 10 riders participated for one or more days.  David Hirsch, 21CD founder rode from start to finish averaging 112 miles/day for 21 days. There were three stops in: Lynwood, CA, Flagstaff, AZ and Springfield, MO to promote the local Boot Camp For New Dads programs. The riders stopped at locations from start to finish doing media appearances at local TV and radio stations. The ride director was Lincoln Baker who was accompanied by five volunteers, including Lawton “Wilk” Wilkerson, an 89 year old WWII who was the only volunteer who was involved all 21 days.

Read our DHR15 Blog here.


Dads Honor Ride 2016, was a 21 day, 1,400 mile bicycle ride from Boston, MA to Chicago, IL. The ride started on May 30th and concluded on June 19th, Father’s Day at Wrigley Field, before the Chicago CUBS baseball game. 38 riders participated, including 10 riders who rode a week and two riders; Mikolaj Topicha-Dolny (from Warsaw, Poland) and David Hirsch rode from start to finish averaging 67 miles/day for 21 days.

Read our DHR16 Blog here.


Dads honor Ride 2017 was a nine day, 958 mile bicycle ride around Lake Michigan starting and ending in Evanston, IL. The ride started on June 8th and concluded on June 16th. 10 riders participated for a day or more and two riders; Mikolaj Topicha-Dolny (from Warsaw, Poland) and David Hirsch rode from start to finish averaging 106 miles/day for nine days. 

Read our DHR17 Blog here.


DHR team tackled the Race Across America (RAAM), the world’s toughest bicycle race. For 41 years, RAAM has been challenging ultracyclists from around the globe to push their physical and mental limits to the farthest reaches. Our four DHR cyclists relayed across the country, starting in Oceanside, CA, on June 17th, spanning more than 3100 miles, climbing 175,000 feet, crossing 12 states, and finished in Annapolis, MD on June 24th.

View the DHR23 Photo Gallery here.

David Hirsch with Chicago Bike
Honor Ride Day 21