Yes, this weekend’s weather isn’t supposed to be the best, but the 14th annual Bike for Shelter event promises to be fun enough to make up for cloudy skies.

Registration begins at 8 a.m. at the Fort Missoula park area, and the fundraiser includes a bike rodeo, 2- and 11-mile rides, carnival-style games and even miniature ponies.

Behind all that fun, though, is a serious cause.

Each year, more than 100 children, from infants to the age of 14, call one of Watson Children’s Shelter’s locations home.

Some arrive with only the clothes on their backs. Others don’t know when their birthdays are. All need normalcy and a safe environment in which to be kids.

Saturday’s event is a celebration of that normalcy and providing for Missoula kids in crisis.

One Missoula kiddo, Zane Goicovich, wants to make sure kids continue to get help and has raised more than $1,000 to support Watson Children’s Shelter. Part of that sum is from his own weekly allowance.

Here’s Zane himself. He just learned how to ride with one hand off the handlebars and showed us his new trick. (Photo by Elliot Natz)

Watson’s reminds Zane of the Ronald McDonald House in Denver, where he stays once a year for checkups. Now 8-and-a-half, Zane underwent brain surgery when he was 4. Missoulians circled the wagons to make sure his family had everything they needed to get through the health ordeals that lasted for several years.

Zane’s been feeling much better these days, and said he wants other kids to know they can feel better too. Raising money is just his way of helping out.

Thanks, Zane, for being more of an inspiration than you even know.

For Ride for Shelter details, go here.