Changes for 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
A 1-mile fun walk with lots of color. Fully accessible.
A paved 5K (3.1 miles) course with timing.
Choose from the 7-, 20-, 45- or 63-mile courses.
Walk, run or Ride-A-Bike for choice and possibility
Thanks to our generous corporate sponsors, 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 1,200 individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities 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.
- 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.
You add color into the lives of the people we serve, so we’re going to add some color to yours.
We realize that not everyone owns a bike, so we are excited to bring back the Color Our World event. This one-mile walk/run through Middlebury Community Schools’ campus is fully accessible to both wheelchairs and strollers.
Why a color run/walk? It’s metaphorical, really. Although ADEC receives fees for service from Medicaid, that money only provides the essentials for the people we serve. For example, Medicaid funding pays for one roundtrip per day. If an individual we serve has a doctor’s appointment, that counts as their one roundtrip. But that appointment only lasts an hour, maybe two. What now? If ADEC operated only on government funding, that individual would be forced to sit at home for the rest of the day, twiddling their thumbs.
But that’s not how ADEC works. At ADEC, we believe individuals deserve a life of choice and possibility. After our individuals go to their doctor’s appointment, we will take them to their job at ADEC Industries or to one of our five day service locations, where they can learn new skills and catch up with friends.
We look at the fees for service we receive from Medicaid like a black crayon. It’s the basics — no more, no less. When you give to ADEC, you are giving us a full box of crayons. You are adding color to the lives of the people we serve. You are making unfunded programs, like Summer Camp and guardianship, possible.
Plus, the color powder will make for some really cool pictures to post on Instagram and Facebook.
Sign up today. Your registration fee includes a white (well, it won’t be white for long) T-shirt, a packet of color powder, and food at the finish line — because you earned it.
Last year we introduced a Color Our World 5K to the Ride-A-Bike line-up, but we made a discovery: The runners who signed up for the timing were not necessarily interested in being blasted with color powder.
This year, the 5K will include color-safe zone for runners (although those that want to start in a cloud of color can do so).
The route is also new in 2019 — no more mud or mosquitos. The new 3.1-mile course winds through the Middlebury Community Schools campus and uses the new Ridge Run Trail. Runners will turn around after crossing the beautiful Essenhaus covered bridge.
Sign up today. Your registration fee includes timing and food at the finish line — because you earned it. Runners can add a high quality performance T-shirt for $15 at check-out.
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There’s a reason why ADEC’s Ride-A-Bike is the longest-running bike ride in Elkhart County: It’s because it’s always a fun time for the whole family — and it benefits a great cause.
Join ADEC on Saturday, May 18, for the 47th running of Ride-A-Bike.
Families will enjoy our new 7-mile route to Krider Garden. Using the new Ridge Run Trail near Essenhaus, we have eliminated the Wayne Street hill. That means no more climb and no more S-curves.
Riders with a little more endurance who take on the new 20-, 45- or 63-mile routes will enjoy the scenic Pumpkinvine Nature Trail through Elkhart and LaGrange counties. A new SAG stop at Abshire Park will feature free massages back by popular demand.