Upcoming Events

Roots of Development’s 6th Annual Connecticut Bike & Walk and Healthy Alternative Event

Visit the event website here for full details, registration, or to make a pledge to support our riders’ goals!

This event takes place at:

E.O. Smith High School
1235 Storrs Rd., Storrs, CT


Pump up your tires and lace up those walking shoes! It’s time for the Annual CT Bike & Walk!

This year’s event will help support a 12-month leadership training and capacity building seminars in La Gonave, Haiti run by CDECH, Haiti’s leadership facilitator in affiliation with Roots’ community partner, APDAG. These are areas identified by the community as priorities toward their development progress. Consistent with Roots of Development’s mantra, “Development without Dependency,” these skills, including bookkeeping practices, organizational structuring techniques, problem solving, and much more, will further equip the community in La Gonave to manage its own development. Nurturing independence is what makes Roots of Development different from charities and other organizations. That means that every dollar you fundraise as a rider, or donate to a participant, is not only making a short-term difference, but having a long-term impact. Please help us reach our goal!


**Please register at least a half hour before your event**

8:00AM – Registration begins 

8:30AM – 40 mile ride leaves 

9:00AM – 20 mile ride leaves 

9:30AM – 5 mile walk leaves 

11:30AM – Cool down yoga ($5) and a free childrens book reading, by author Diann Cook. 

12:00PM – Roots of Development’s Executive Director, Chad Bissonnette will speak and provide updates from the past year, plus the drawing for winning ticket for a large flat LED screen TV. Participants must be at the event drawing to win. 

12:30PM – Acapella performances by UConn’s Chordials, E.O. Smith Acapella and guest appearance by singer Dennis Nevin. 

Supervised children’s lawn games will start at 9:30 ongoing until 11:30.

(Food will be provided for paid participants)


It’s not just a Bike & Walk event! Check out everything else that will be going on too:



UConn’s Chordials

E.O. Smith Acapella

Dennis Nevin (singer)

Alternative Body Treatments:

Reflexology with Erica Diamond ($1 per minute)

Massage with Melanie Morrissette, Storrs Therapeutic Massage ($1 per minute)

Acupressure with Lee Ann Attardo ($1 per minute)

Reiki Sessions from members of SIS Designs Spiritually Inspired Jewelry and Gifts ($1 per minute)

Tuning Fork Therapy with Marion Porter from All In All ($1 per minute)

Health & Wellness:

E.H.H.D Health Information on site

Bike safety & facts by Merce Tabor Durham Naturopathic Health and Wellness with Dr. Jason Belejack ND

Gutsy Girls with Heather Freeman. Explore the power of confident, self-assured women through personal coaching

Go Organic LLC: organic lawn care and more

Organic tick protection recipe by Allie Kuzara

Goodwin State Forest Trails and local hiking guides


Naturally Clean: natural spa soaps and cleansers

Robert Campbell’s natural candles

RavenWood Designs by Ariel Kadish

Parkour Demonstration by Colin Bizilj

Original Haitian Art


Dijaro Designs with Diann Cook original artwork and books for children… with book reading

Art therapy for kids by Maeve O’Brien

Cool down yoga with Jen Nucci ($5 starts at 11:30), bring your own mat or blanket

Lawn games for kids including hula hoops!

E. O. Smith READS kickoff booth and logo contest

H.U.S.H Holistic Universal Sound Healing (gongs)


*All proceeds donated to Roots of Development



Thank you to our sponsors in support of all the fun!











Visit our past events page to see photos from our last few fundraising events.