Thank you participating in our 4th Annual Ride or Stride!  

The 4th annual Ride or Stride, sponsored by the East Haddam Youth & Family Services Board of Directors, was a great success! With 170 people in attendance this was our most attended event yet.  Participants rode in their choice of 3 bike routes: 36-mile Gravel Grinder, 23-mile Backroad Burner; or 10-mile Causeway Cruiser.  Also offered was a 5K walk or run! Everyone was treated to lunch at the Sportsman’s Club along with raffle prizes donated by local businesses.  We raised $7,000, which will go to East Haddam Youth & Family services programs to benefit local youth.


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Event Details

There are many ways to get involved with Ride or Stride!

Bike in one of the 3 route options

  • 37-mile Gravel Grinder: start time 7:45 a.m.

  • 23-mile Backroad Burner: start time 9:30 a.m.

    • This road ride is on a beautiful, low traffic country roads along lakes and through Devils Hopyard State Park. Includes a few challenging hills.
  • 10-mile Causeway Cruiser: start time 10:00 a.m.

    • A shorter road ride passing a farm and the lakes.

Stride in the 5K Foliage Walk/Run: start time 11:00 a.m.

  • Walk or run. This run will be timed. We welcome all “169 Club” runners!

Ride or stride alone or in a team!

Start & Finish at the Moodus Sportsman’s Club on 299 East Haddam-Colchester Turnpike, Moodus, CT.  Don’t forget to join us after for a post-race picnic and exciting raffle prizes!

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Ride or Stride’s success depends on our volunteers!  Whether you’re attending with a race participant, a teen looking for community service hours, or just want to help out and have fun, we’d love for you to join us!

Contact us to learn more about volunteer opportunities.




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Registration has closed!  Please check back in July 2020.

Questions?  Email us and we’ll get back to you.

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The success of this event depends on the generous sponsors and volunteers in our community.  In 2019, over 170 people participated in Ride or Stride and $7,000+ was raised!

Thank you to our Sponsors!

Gold Medal

East Haddam Police Union

Gelston House

Nathan Hale Pharmacy

Zane’s Cycles

Silver Medal

Bob’s Discount Furniture

Dutch Oil Company, Inc.

Bronze Medal

Action Steel

Annino Strength & Conditioning

Jezek & Barbi Attorneys at Law


Performance Physical Therapy & Sports Medicine, Inc.

Shagbark Lumber & Farm Supply

Wolf’s Den Family Campground

Additional thanks to ConnectiCare, Inc. for sponsoring East Haddam school & town employees!

Thank you Raffle Donors!

Airline Cycles • Annino Strength & Conditioning • Anytime Fitness

Ballek’s Garden Center • DaVinci Pizza • Earthshine Massage

East Haddam Veterinary Clinic • EMP Apparel • Goodspeed Musicals

Grandview Camp Resort • Lucky Goat Butcher Shop • Moodus Ice Cream

Shagbark Lumber & Farm Supply • 2 Wrasslin’ Cats

Thank you to the sponsors who provided lunch!

Gelston House • Cooking Company • Town Tavern •

Moodus BBQ • Stop & Shop (Old Saybrook)


2019 Sponsor packet

Sponsorship Opportunities

Gold Medal Sponsor – $500

Sponsorship benefits:

  • Paid registration for 4 team members
  • Publicized as a gold medal sponsor with logo/name on:
    • Event Signage (Main Event)
    • Newspaper, Social Media & Website
    • 4 Raffle tickets

Silver Medal Sponsor – $250

Sponsorship benefits:

  • Paid registration for 2 team members
  • Publicized as a silver medal sponsor with logo/name on:
    • Event Signage (Main Event)
    • Newspaper, Social Media & Website
    • 4 Raffle tickets

Bronze Medal Sponsor – $100

Sponsorship benefits:

  • Paid registration for 1 team member
  • Publicized as a bronze medal sponsor with logo/name on:
    • Event Signage (Main Event)
    • Newspaper, Social Media & Website
    • 1 Raffle ticket

In-kind donations are welcome and appreciated!  All donors will be publicized accordingly.

2019 Sponsor packet

Email us with questions or comments regarding Sponsorship.

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About Us

cropped-yfs1.jpgEast Haddam Youth & Family Services (EHYFS) is a private, non-profit agency dedicated to inspiring the potential of and promoting the positive and healthy development of youth and families. EHYFS strives to create and enhance opportunities which advance the quality of life for all youth and families within our community by providing a spectrum of prevention, intervention and advocacy services.

Your donation of:

  • $35 would support one middle school student attending SHARP (Safe Home Alone Readiness Program) or one individual or family counseling session.
  • $50 Would support one session (two months) of a homework assistance program at the middle school.
  • $100 would support one elementary school Family Night.
  • $300 would support a summer Beach Party for middle and high school students.
  • $500 would pay for one parent workshop.
  • $1000 would pay for a middle or high school assembly.

Ride or Stride is a charity event organized by the EHYFS Board of Directors and run entirely by volunteers.

To learn more about EHYFS, visit: or find us on Facebook