Thursday, October 23, 2014


Bicycle riders, including members of Team Ridge of Northridge High School, head west along C.R. 38 during ADEC’s 40th Annual Ride-a-Bike fundraiser last year. (Truth Photo By Mark Shephard) (Mark Shephard)

Jonny Riblet, 13, of Elkhart, receives a little help from his friend Sarah Freehafer, a freshman at Elkhart Central, as he officially starts ADEC’s 40th Annual Ride-a-Bike fundraiser at Concord High School last year. (Truth Photo By Mark Shephard) (Mark Shephard)
ADEC’s Ride-a-Bike set for May 18
Posted on April 18, 2013 at 1:00 a.m. | Updated on April 18, 2013 at 4:05 p.m.

ELKHART — Supporting one of Elkhart County’s largest nonprofit organizations is as easy as riding a bike.

ADEC Inc.’s 41st annual Ride-a-Bike fundraiser will be May 18 at Concord High School in Elkhart. ADEC Vice President Larry Bontrager announced plans for the event at a kickoff celebration on Thursday, April 18, at the organization’s new tech lounge in downtown Elkhart.

“It’s a favorite ADEC tradition,” Bontrager said in a news release. “Ride-a-Bike is the longest running event of its kind in Elkhart County and ADEC’s largest community fundraiser. Families come for the experience of gathering together in support of the children and adults we serve. It’s a fun day with a huge purpose and impact.”

ADEC is an organization that advocates for people with developmental and cognitive disabilities. The group has been providing services in Elkhart County since 1952.

Ride-a-Bike participants accept pledges that support ADEC’s programs. The event allows participants to choose from open road biking courses spanning five, nine or 20 miles on county roads south of Concord High School, or a one-mile walking path in the neighborhood surrounding the school.

Registration for the event will begin at 8:30 a.m., and the cyclists will hit the road at 10 a.m.

Prizes will go to participants who raise more than $250 as well as the top youth, adult and team pledge winners.

For sponsorship and volunteer information as well as details on pledge forms, call Nancy Bounds at 848-2440 or toll free at 877-342-8954, or visit www.adecinc.com.