At ADEC, we are all about choice and possibility.

We believe that the 1,000+ individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities we serve each year deserve the freedom to make their own choices and explore their life’s possibilities.

We apply that same philosophy to our annual Ride-A-Bike fundraiser — this year, participants can choose their own path for the event on May 18 at Northridge High School.

Whether they choose to walk, run or Ride-A-Bike, every penny of every registration fee goes directly to supporting the people we serve here at ADEC.

Countdown to Ride-A-Bike

Online registration is now open for the event, which will include three experiences:

  • WALK: A 1-mile fun walk with lots of color. The path is fully accessible for strollers and wheelchairs.
  • RUN: A paved 5K (3.1 miles) course with timing.
  • RIDE: Choose from the 7-, 20-, 45-, or 63-mile courses.

Ride-A-Bike is ADEC’s largest fundraiser, but it’s so much more than that.

“It is simply incredible to see so many members of our community come out to walk, run or ride in support of ADEC and the people we serve,” ADEC CEO and President Donna Belusar. “When our friends line up at the starting line alongside our clients, it is a truly inclusive and heartwarming moment.”

Thanks to ADEC’s generous corporate sponsors, including Thor Industries and Froggy 102.7, every penny of every registration fee goes directly to helping individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities find choice and possibility in their lives.

All money raised goes to supporting programs at ADEC that are underfunded but essential.

ADEC serves more than 1,000 individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities throughout Elkhart and St. Joseph counties each year, helping them accomplish their dreams and realize their true potential.

Without donations from our community — and our 200+ walkers, runners and riders — ADEC would not be able to continue some of the programs that make such an important difference in the lives of the people we serve like:

  • Camp Wy.Not.: A summer camp for children with disabilities that allows campers to develop social, life and academic skills while providing parents peace of mind and the ability to continue working.

in 2019

  • New bike courses utilize more of the Pumpkinvine Nature Trail

  • New timed 5K route is fully paved

  • Color Our World event is a one-mile fun walk, fully accessible for strollers and wheelchairs

  • First 250 registrants will receive an aluminum water bottle

  • Corporate packages available to make it easier for employees to register for company teams

  • Guardianship: ADEC’s guardian advocates work to protect the individuals we serve from abuse and neglect while also helping them make informed decisions about legal, personal and financial matters.
  • Transportation: ADEC’s fleet of buses carry more than 100 passengers a day — all ADEC clients — and log more than 12,000 miles a month. ADEC drives dignity and independence by making sure the people we serve can be of the community, whether it’s showing up for work or attending a day program to learn vocational skills.

Learn more about Ride-A-Bike at or contact Michelle Sokol at [email protected] or 574-848-2457.

Sign up online before May 16 to save $5 on adult registration fees.