MIDDLEBURY — The annual ADEC Ride-A-Bike Event will be a little different this year.
The 42nd annual event on Saturday, May 17, features new routes along the Pumpkinvine Nature Trail and will begin at Northridge High School instead of Concord High School.
“This year, we’ve made Ride-A-Bike even more family friendly,” Nancy Miller, ADEC communications manager, said in a press release. “By partnering with the Pumpkinvine, we can provide participants safe, scenic routes through the countryside on protected bicycle paths.”
The ride begins at 8:30 a.m. at 56779 Northridge Drive. The goal is to raise money for ADEC, an Elkhart County organization that advocates for and assists people with cognitive and developmental disabilities.
Participants are invited to collect pledges and bring them to registration the day of the ride. The suggested minimum pledge is $30 for individuals and $60 for families. Pledge sheets can be downloaded from ADEC’s website or picked up at any 1st Source Bank.
The 30-mile ride begins at 9:30 a.m., the 10- and 18-mile rides start at 10 a.m. and the four-mile run/walk begins just after 10 a.m.
There will be stops along the routes offering snacks for participants.
Maps can be viewed or downloaded from ADEC’s web site at www.adecinc.com. Prizes will be awarded in June to the top youth, adult and team pledge-raisers.
This year’s ride will include a tribute to Larry Bontrager, a vice president at ADEC for 15 years who died in February from pancreatic cancer. He was involved in development, so he played an integral part in organizing the Ride-A-Bike event every year, according to Miller.
“He was the face of Ride-a-Bike during his tenure here, so this will be our first one without him,” she said.
Several people close to Bontrager, including family members and his significant other, will start the race — like he used to do.
For more information about Saturday’s ride, contact Rod Tackett at 848-2443 or firstname.lastname@example.org.