The Arc hosts Harford Hills Bike Adventure

  • Havre de Grace native Joe Harter, who has developmental disabilities that he deals with every day, does not let his disability get in the way of doing what he loves, including drawings like the artwork above. Joe loves to draw and make personal note cards for friends and family. He loves to ride his bike and rides with several bike clubs in the area.
Havre de Grace native Joe Harter, who has developmental disabilities…
March 06, 2013

The Arc Northern Chesapeake Region, a non-profit that helps people with intellectual and developmental disabilities build better lives, will host its first annual Harford Hills Bike Adventure on Saturday, April 27.

The ride will begin and end at the historic Steppingstone Farm Museum in Havre de Grace. Participants can choose between a 31 or 64 mile loop through the scenic hills of Harford County and along the Susquehanna River. The starting time for both routes is between 8 and 9 a.m. and all riders are required to wear helmets.

According to The Arc Northern Chesapeake Region development director Julie Chmura, the event is designed to be a fun way to bring the community together while celebrating the vision of The Arc Northern Chesapeake Region to help individuals with disabilities lead personally-valued lives.

"The Harford Hills Bike Adventure perfectly aligns with our core values of respect, self-determination, inclusion, responsiveness and community building," Chmura said in a press release. "We are excited to be able to connect and engage the community with the people we support in a new and meaningful way, while raising money to provide support for our programs."

Early registration is $65 per rider and will increase to $70 on March 8 and $75 on April 12. All riders must register online at All registered participants will receive an event shirt, complementary post-event food and drink and free admission to the Steppingstone Farm Museum. All proceeds will benefit The Arc Northern Chesapeake Region.

Event sponsorships are still being accepted and start as low as $175 for a mile marker sponsorship. To learn more about The Arc Northern Chesapeake Region's first annual Harford Hills Bike Adventure, please visit To become an event sponsor, please contact the Development Office at 410-879-6785, ext. 347.

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