PedalFest is a one-day bike ride in and around Wichita, Kansas. PedalFest is a ride, not a race, with three different distances available: 100K (approx. 62 miles), 50K (approx.31 miles) and a 5-mile Family Ride. This year's ride will take place on Saturday, August 23, 2014. Riders are fully supported with Supply and Gear (SAG) stops and mechanical assistance to ensure everyone rides safely and in style. The ride will begin and end on the Heartspring Campus in northeast Wichita. All proceeds for PedalFest are used to provide financial assistance for families whose children receive therapeutic services in Heartspring's Pediatric Services.
Heartspring has had the honor of being one of the nation's top facilities serving children with special needs for over 75 years. Originating in Wichita, Heartspring has grown to help children across the nation and around the world. Our mission, in partnership with parents, professionals and the community, is to help children with special needs learn and grow on a path to a more independent life. Children with special needs make great strides towards greater independence every day through programs and services offered by Heartspring.
Thanks to local support of Heartspring events such as PedalFest, children with special needs in our community are receiving the therapies and tools to help them become the best and the most independent that they can be. Last year, Heartspring Pediatric Services met the outpatient therapy needs of over 800 children with developmental delays and disabilities. The Financial Assistance Program, which is partially funded by PedalFest proceeds, distributed over $260,000 in discounted or free therapies to 184 of these families, accounting for more than 3,700 therapy sessions.