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Join Our Friends at the Axel Project Bicycle Classic This August

INTRODUCING THE AXEL PROJECT BIKE CLASSIC

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THE NON PROFIT ORGANIZATION, IN MEMORY OF AXEL CHARRETTE, PLANS CHARITY RIDE OVER RED MOUNTAIN PASS

Ridgway, Colorado (February 15th, 2014) The Axel Project has announced plans to hold its inaugural bicycle classic—a breathtaking ride over Colorado’s historic Red Mountain Pass, on August 30th 2014. The Axel Project Bicycle Classic will be the organization’s premier fundraiser to help fund and expand their mission to introduce bicycles and a healthy lifestyle to kids and families.

The Axel Project Bicycle Classic is comprised of a 35- or 56-mile road ride topping out at 11,018K feet on the iconic Red Mountain Pass, rivaling any pass in the world for scenery. In addition to the rides over Red Mountain Pass, a family ride through the town of Ridgway will also be available. After the rides are complete, participants and visitors alike will gather in Ridgway’s Town Park for the Axel Project Bicycle Classic Festival, complete with a kid’s adventure zone, live music, food and refreshments.

Randy Charrette, Axel’s father and Project co-founder, expressed his excitement for the Bike Classic, “All the plans are in place and we already have quite a few riders signed up, including a few surprise guests! The level of interest and commitment from our sponsors has been heartwarming. And we’re overjoyed by how many children and families we’ve already been able to help.”

Charrette went on to describe other projects that are in the works, “We have several exciting things happening this year in addition to our attendance at the Tour of Utah and USA Pro Challenge. We’ve written a children’s book and plan to launch a KickStarter campaign to fund its printing—we should have copies before the Tour of Utah. Finally we have just been accepted as a collaborative Partner for the 2014 Ride the Rockies. With over 2500 riders we’re excited to spread the word about the Axel Project.”

The Axel Project was created in honor of 2-year old, Axel Charrette, who was killed in Sayulita Mexico in February 2013. The organization’s mission is to introduce and nurture a lifelong passion for cycling to children and their families.

Axel’s love for all things bikes, clearly instilled by his family’s passion for cycling, and his particular affinity for chasing his brother around on his Strider bike, led to the creation of the Axel Project, and its natural corporate partnership with Strider Sports International, Inc.

For more information on the Axel Project Bicycle Classic, please visit www.axelprojectride.com. Donations to the Axel Project can be made at www.axelproject.com. All donations will be used to fulfill the organization’s mission. In addition, for every Strider bike sold on the Axel Project website, one will be donated to a child in need.

About The Axel Project

The Axel Project is Ridgway, Colorado-based nonprofit organization dedicated to the fundamental principle that a productive, happy life begins with bikes. Our mission is to introduce and nurture a lifelong passion for cycling to children and their families. While our goal is broad, our first project is aimed at providing balance bicycles and instruction to children in need, ages 18 months to 5-years of age, to teach the basic skills necessary to get them riding on two wheelswith their friends, their family and forever. For more information or to contact the Axel Project, visit www.axelproject.com.

 

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Snow STRIDER Photo Contest!

 

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Ok you little snow STRIDER riders, we want to see your best STRIDER Ski photo. We are well aware that most of the country is frozen or under a blanket of snow so grab Mom and Dad’s iPhone or camera! Do they still make cameras?

Start taking pictures (or have Mom or Dad take them for you) of you and your buddies slipping around your home town, parks, and playgrounds on your snow STRIDER (please don’t limit your photos to just these places we want creativity). What?! You don’t know what a Snow STRIDER is or where to get one? Check them out HERE.

Ok now that we took care of the newbie’s…we can continue. This is a contest and yes, there are prizes for the top three photos! Photos must be submitted by January 24th and winnners will be announced January 31st. Read below for the prizes and Rules.

Prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place (voted on by the Strider staff.
1st prize –“Customize your Stride” That’s right! Your choice of wheels and grips plus a customized Strider book and a pocket bike, whew! That’s a lot of swag.
2nd prize– Strider Color grips, customized Strider book, and pocket bike
3rd prize – Customized Strider Book and pocket Bike

Email your photos to Joel@StriderBikes.com

Rules and Regulations:

  •  Attach your photo as a jpeg no larger than 3mb and no smaller than 500kb. The photo will be uploaded to the STRIDER Flickr page
  •  In order for the photo to be considered it must be a photo of your child as the main subject taken by you. If it is a STRIDER group shot you must have permission of all the other children’s parents to enter.
  •  Individuals may submit up to 3 photos. Winners will be voted on by the Strider staff and will be announced on Jan 31st, 2014.
  •  By emailing the image to joel@striderbikes.com you are releasing the copyright of the image for use by Strider Sports International, Inc. for promotional purposes in perpetuity.

Share your Strider success stories, photos, video and interact with other Strider enthusiasts by joining the Strider conversation on our Facebook wall! How about Instagram? Do you tweet? We Do! 

STRIDER Bikes For Children's Hospital Los Angeles!

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This is a special guest post by Greg Hill. Greg is a BMX Hall of Famer and STRIDER west coast representative!

Last Friday, Liz and I went to visit our friends at the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles to donate some Strider bikes for the patients and staff. It was a great visit! We had fun walking the bikes through the hospital and seeing the reaction from random people, doctors, patients.

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We made our way to the Children’s Pediatric Rehabilitation center and met up with all the staff, and 2 1/2 year old Rosa. She rode her new STRIDER up and down the halls with the physical therapy staff and had a lot of fun. We took some photos and talked a bit before saying our goodbyes.

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Before we left we met Dr Craig the Medical Director for the clinical pediatrics unit. He really liked the STRIDER concept and rode a flashy green STRIDER Super 16 up and down the halls of the hospital. It was really great to see that!

Share your Strider success stories, photos, video and interact with other Strider enthusiasts by joining the Strider conversation on our Facebook wall! How about Instagram? Do you tweet? We Do!

STRIDER Bikes In Hospitals

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Day in and day out there are children in hospitals fighting to overcome serious illness and injury.   What a frightening time for the kids and the parents alike.  Many times these kids miss holidays at home, friends at school and family events. One of the most important things that can happen for them while they are in the hospital is to have time to still be kids!  Play is an important part of comforting, soothing and taking a child’s mind off of their battle even if for just a few moments. 

Tyler Klassen of Indianapolis saw a picture of a young girl (Presley – pictured above) who, while fighting cancer, spends time riding her STRIDER in the halls of a hospital, and knew right away that he wanted to make a difference!  Tyler said, “As a parent, the thought of having a child in the hospital for a long period of time is terrifying.  Seeing Striders inside of a children’s hospital really made me smile though.  I want the kids to just be kids.  I want them to buzz around the halls on bikes, let them have fun and maybe forget for a bit that they are in a hospital.” 

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An avid motorcycle rider, Tyler decided to take action and help more kids be able to stride their way through the hospital. The added benefit of STRIDER riding while in hospital is the physical therapy aspect.  Tyler is organizing a fundraising ride called “Riders for Striders” to get his fellow motorcycle enthusiasts together for a day dedicated to helping purchase STRIDERS for Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital! 

Every child deserves time to be a child!  Thank you for your efforts and compassion Tyler! 

For more information or ways to donate to Tyler’s ride or participate (if you’re in the Indiapolis) check out their Facebook Page, Twitter account, or go directly to the donation page.

Share your Strider success stories, photos, video and interact with other Strider enthusiasts by joining the Strider conversation on our Facebook wall! How about Instagram? Do you tweet? We Do!

 

 

Introducing The Axel Project

A Non Profit Organization, In Memory Of Axel Charrette, Dedicated To Providing STRIDER Bikes To Children In Need

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Ridgway, Colorado (June 7th, 2013) – The Charrette family has announced the launch of the Axel Project. The Axel Project was created in honor of 2-year old, Axel Charrette, who was killed in Sayulita Mexico in February 2013. The organization’s mission is to introduce and nurture a lifelong passion for cycling to children and their families.

Axel’s love for all things bikes, clearly instilled by his family’s passion for cycling, and his particular affinity for chasing his brother around on his Strider bike, led to the creation of the Axel Project, and its natural corporate partnership with Strider Sports International, Inc.

Randy Charrette, Axel’s father and Project co-founder, expressed his passion for the endeavor, “In the months after our loss we wanted to come up with a way to honor our son’s memory. We decided to set up the Axel Project. Axel loved his Strider and we loved watching him gain confidence and enjoy life as he rode around. By getting more children and families on bicycles we are helping build healthier communities and a better world.”

The Axel Project’s immediate goal is to provide balance bikes to children in need. Organizations can apply to receive Strider bikes, for a nominal fee which includes shipping, as well as instructions on teaching children the basics of riding, by filling out a simple online application on the Axel Project website: http://axelproject.com/apply.

Jen Charrette, Axel’s mother and Project co-founder, explains, “We believe biking not only builds confidence in young children but also improves health, is an outlet to express pure joy, is a foundation to a lifelong appreciation of nature, and helps strengthen family bonds because it’s an activity the entire family can do together. The Axel Project was an obvious way for us to forever memorialize Axel and everything we came to love about riding together as a family.”

Ryan McFarland, founder of Strider Bikes, had only two words when he was asked if his company would be the founding sponsor of the Axel Project. “We’re In,” was his immediate, and indelible response.

Donations to the Axel Project can be made at www.axelproject.com. All donations will be used to fulfill the organization’s mission. In addition, for every Strider bike sold on the Axel Project website, one will be donated to a child in need.

About The Axel Project

The Axel Project is Ridgway, Colorado-based nonprofit organization dedicated to the fundamental principle that a productive, happy life begins with bikes. Our mission is to introduce and nurture a lifelong passion for cycling to children and their families. While our goal is broad, our first project is aimed at providing balance bicycles and instruction to children in need, ages 18 months to 5-years of age, to teach the basic skills necessary to get them riding on two wheels—with their friends, their family and forever. For more information or to contact the Axel Project, visit www.axelproject.com and on facebook.

Share your Strider success stories, photos, video and interact with other Strider enthusiasts by joining the Strider conversation on our Facebook wall! Do you tweet? We Do!

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Introducing The Axel Project

A Non Profit Organization, In Memory Of Axel Charrette, Dedicated To Providing STRIDER Bikes To Children In Need

Axel Project Numberplate

Ridgway, Colorado (June 7th, 2013) – The Charrette family has announced the launch of the Axel Project. The Axel Project was created in honor of 2-year old, Axel Charrette, who was killed in Sayulita Mexico in February 2013. The organization’s mission is to introduce and nurture a lifelong passion for cycling to children and their families.

Axel’s love for all things bikes, clearly instilled by his family’s passion for cycling, and his particular affinity for chasing his brother around on his Strider bike, led to the creation of the Axel Project, and its natural corporate partnership with Strider Sports International, Inc.

Randy Charrette, Axel’s father and Project co-founder, expressed his passion for the endeavor, “In the months after our loss we wanted to come up with a way to honor our son’s memory. We decided to set up the Axel Project. Axel loved his Strider and we loved watching him gain confidence and enjoy life as he rode around. By getting more children and families on bicycles we are helping build healthier communities and a better world.”

The Axel Project’s immediate goal is to provide balance bikes to children in need. Organizations can apply to receive Strider bikes, for a nominal fee which includes shipping, as well as instructions on teaching children the basics of riding, by filling out a simple online application on the Axel Project website: http://axelproject.com/apply.

Jen Charrette, Axel’s mother and Project co-founder, explains, “We believe biking not only builds confidence in young children but also improves health, is an outlet to express pure joy, is a foundation to a lifelong appreciation of nature, and helps strengthen family bonds because it’s an activity the entire family can do together. The Axel Project was an obvious way for us to forever memorialize Axel and everything we came to love about riding together as a family.”

Ryan McFarland, founder of Strider Bikes, had only two words when he was asked if his company would be the founding sponsor of the Axel Project. “We’re In,” was his immediate, and indelible response.

Donations to the Axel Project can be made at www.axelproject.com. All donations will be used to fulfill the organization’s mission. In addition, for every Strider bike sold on the Axel Project website, one will be donated to a child in need.

About The Axel Project

The Axel Project is Ridgway, Colorado-based nonprofit organization dedicated to the fundamental principle that a productive, happy life begins with bikes. Our mission is to introduce and nurture a lifelong passion for cycling to children and their families. While our goal is broad, our first project is aimed at providing balance bicycles and instruction to children in need, ages 18 months to 5-years of age, to teach the basic skills necessary to get them riding on two wheels—with their friends, their family and forever. For more information or to contact the Axel Project, visit www.axelproject.com and on facebook.

Share your Strider success stories, photos, video and interact with other Strider enthusiasts by joining the Strider conversation on our Facebook wall! Do you tweet? We Do!

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10,000 Facebook Likes STRIDER Giveaway!

We said we were going to pick 2, but the response was so good we chose 4!

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If you were a winner please send an email to joel@striderbikes.com 

The Randomly Chosen Winners are:

1. Stepanie Medianero

2. Lisa Shaw

The Choose two extra winners just because are:

1. Melissa Abdouch – She offered to donate her STRIDER (if she won) to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Minnesota Chapter.

2. Korbin Rush – He is raising awareness of Failure to Thrive on Facebook and was by far the most enthusiastic encourager of new likes today!

His little brother will be rocking a brand new Red STRIDER!

Strider Teams Up With Suncoast Charities!

From L to R: Anny Barker Schefler (Community Haven), Bonnie Jackson (Suncoast Charities), Lucy Nicandri (Suncoast Charities), Marla Doss (Community Haven), John Zolikoff (Strider), Jack Cox (Suncoast Charities), David Miller (Sarasota BMX), Erma Miller (Sarasota BMX) Children L to R: Keenan, Bella, Chance, Sierra, Nick

 

John Zolikoff recently paid a visit to Suncoast Charities for Children at Selby Preschool which is part of Community Haven for Adults & Children with Disabilities, Inc.   Community Haven is one of 5 local non-profit agencies Suncoast Charities for Children supports.  Selby Preschool specializes in its learning environment for the infants/children birth thru 5 years of age who have disabilities and special needs.  For more information on Selby Prescool visit communityhaven.com.

Suncoast Charities for Children has been in Sarasota since 1986 and over the years has constructed over $14 Million worth of facilities serving local children with special needs in the Sarasota, Venice and Northport areas. These facilities include Community Haven for Adults & C’hildren with Disabilities, Inc., The Florida Center, Sarasota County Special Olympics, Loveland Center, and Oak Park School.  For more info visit suncoastcharitiesforchildren.org

As we gear up for the Strider World Championships in Sarasota, We are proud to partner with a local group who does so much good in and around Sarasota.  We donated 4 Striders to the children of Selby Preschool and all of the proceeds from the upcoming October 14th-16th Strider World Championship and Sarasota Kid Fest will be donated to Suncoast charities.

 

Strider Raffle at the Dahl Mountain Culture Festival!

The 7th annual Dahl Mountain Culture Festival kicked off last night in Rapid City, SD with the opening of the photo exhibition!  If you live in or near Striderville come check it out.  There will be events all week centered around “mountain culture” culminating on the 15th and 16th of April at the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour.

Imagine how good this guy would have been if he'd started a little younger on a Strider!

Strider is the perfect fit for this crowd of outdoorsy folks…that’s why we’ve donated 2 Striders to the Dahl Arts Center to raffle off during the film festival.  Make sure that you stop down at the Dahl next week to pick up some tickets for your chance to win a Strider for a child, grandchild, niece or nephew.  The added bonus (if you win or don’t win) is that you help support arts education and exhibitions throughout the year!

Join the Strider conversation on our Facebook wall.  Send photos, videos and stories to ssblog@stridersports.com