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Results, and Photos from the 2017 Strider Cup World Championship Presented by Dannon – Salt Lake City

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Thank You Soooo much for coming out to the 2017 Strider Cup World Championship!

Wow – what an amazing record/breaking day of international toddler Strider bike racing! Nearly 400 toddlers from 14 countries and 30 riders with special needs competed for the worlds fastest Strider bike rider in Saturday’s races held at Gallivan Center in Salt Lake City. Little legs lined up behind the 24 foot start gate and strode over, through and around various obstacles along the 777 foot custom built race course. We all witnessed little Finn transfer up four times in the 3-year old category and we were blown away by the speed of the Japanese riders who in the end swept all the titles. Happy, smiling faces received medals and trophies as champions were crowned in 2 and under, 3, 4, 5 year old, and special needs divisions. What a wonderful day of making new friends, riding, Dannon Yogurt mustaches, and racing!
 
A huge thank you to all the racers, their families, and to our title sponsor Dannon and their staff from West Jordan Utah for the support, yogurt and for donating bikes to the Salt Lake Head Start. A big thanks also to Competitive Cyclist for the Free Strider Adventure Zone and to LDS Hospital, The Color Run, Chick-Fil-A and Real Shades. Thanks also to the Gallivan Center as well as the City of Salt Lake City for their support! We had a fantastic time this weekend and loved hearing the stories you shared about your child’s experience with their Strider bike. Thank you for the hospitality and hope to see you in 2018!

We’re already in the planning stages for 2018! Make sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest to get the latest news.

Photos are available on our Flickr page: Friday Night, and Saturday (Race Day)

Video:

News Coverage: KSL TV, ABC 4, Salt Lake Tribune, Deseret News, Deseret News (Special Needs Coverage) Telemundo Utah (live feed), Telemundo Utah (Starting at 1:35), The Week, MSN.com, Triathlete.com, Standard-Examiner

 

A HUGE shout out to Dannon, our title sponsor, and our class sponsors; Intermountain LDS Hospital, Competitive Cyclist, The Color Run, and Chick-fil-A City Creek Center!

 

results from each “A main” race:

2 year old AND UNDER CLASS – TOTAL RIDERS = 101

  • 1#162 – Kaisei Nishimura – Tokyo, Japan
  • 2#135 – Luke “Duke” Liberto – Mount Airy, MD
  • 3#201 – Jax Awekamp – Salt Lake City, UT
  • 4#134 – Huxley Fair – Morrison, CO
  • 5#103 – Emitt Prado – Martinez, CA
  • 6#120 – Mikito “Mickey” Takamatsu – Bangkok, Thailand
  • 7#139 – Carson “Squishy” Robbins – West Jordan, UT
  • 8#172 – Masen Winfrey – Ogden, UT
  • 9#126 – Hunter Falk – Kamas, UT
  • 10#178 – Mason Burns – Syracuse, UT
  • 11#191 – Beckett Wood – Mapleton, UT
  • 12#118 – Ryder Fowler – West Point, UT
  • 13#150 – Rudy Davis – Bluffdale, UT
  • 14#193 – Elsie Stone – Lehi, UT

 

3 Year old CLASS – TOTAL RIDERS = 137

  • 1#142 – Raito Kaneko – Yonezawa, Japan
  • 2#125 – Yuhi “Super Yuhi” Otake – Hirakata, Japan
  • 3#157 – Eddie Wei – Taoyuan City, Taiwan
  • 4#174 – Mioko “Mio” Oka – Nagoya, Japan
  • 5#140 – Misaki “Misakix” Takao – Ikoma, Japan
  • 6#130 – Kai Murayama – Okazaki-shi Aichi-ken, Japan
  • 7#133 – Minato “Minapon” Watanabe – Kyotanabe City, Japan
  • 8#112 – Weston Storey – Ogden, UT
  • 9#182 – Logan Nielson – Saratoga Springs, UT
  • 10#183 – Cruz “Cruzy the Racer” Gallegos – Santa Fe, NM
  • 11#126 – Lukas Nielsen – Price, UT
  • 12#165 – Jace Gardner – West Jordan, UT

 

4 Year old CLASS – TOTAL RIDERS = 76

  • 1#128 – Taiga Kuwahara – Mishima-shi, Japan
  • 2#116 – Kei Murayama – Okazaki-shi Aichi-ken, Japan
  • 3#119 – Keiya Takamatsu – Bangkok, Thailand
  • 4#123 – Kohaku “Kohachi” Miyazaki – Oosakasi, Japan
  • 5#137 – Zion Angela – Savaneta, Aruba
  • 6#135 – Greg Santiago Delgado – Turrubares, Costa Rica
  • 7#117 – Chen “A bao” Pinchi – New Taipei City, Taiwan
  • 8#108 – Jacob Bodamer – South Jordan, UT
  • 9#156 – Khoi “Tin” Tran Minh – Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam
  • 10#136 – Gage Holladay – Midvale, UT
  • 11#148 – Reed “Reedo” Mahin – Jackson, ID
  • 12#139 – Holden Denton – Heber, UT
  • 13#109 – Charles “Charlie” Noyola – Redwood City, CA

 

5 year old CLASS – TOTAL RIDERS = 43

  • 1#112 – Waku Kunitate – Nisshinshi, Japan
  • 2#111 – Nick “Nicknack” Wangvilai – Bangkok, Thailand
  • 3#104 – Sota Suzuki – Anjyo, Japan
  • 4#126 – Haruka Nagao – Chiyoda-ku, Japan
  • 5#105 – Ryuhey “Ryu” Satoh – Akirunoshi, Japan
  • 6#114 – Ruka Izumitani – Inazawa, Japan
  • 7#115 – Yamato Ogata – Higasioumi-si, Japan
  • 8#102 – Taro Matsuzawa – Gunma-ken, Japan
  • 9#119 – Shito Kimura – Mishima, Japan
  • 10#116 – Ryutaro “Taro” Fukuoka – Saitama-ken, Japan
  • 11#106 – Yudai Nagai – Kyoto-shi, Japan
  • 12#117 – Amane Kaneko – Yonezawa, Japan
  • 13#113 – Namiki “Namikix” Takao – Ikoma, Japan

     

    Special needs Strider Class – Total Riders = 30

     

    Lucy Lewis
    Calder Almoney
    Mariah Proctor
    Katie Proctor
    Ailey Proctor
    Kyler Westmoreland
    Brooklyn Cope
    Xander Love
    Savannah Love
    Jacob Connell
    Hendrick Frame
    Maddox Bird
    Rhett Bird
    Holland Van Gelder
    Sebastian Van Gelder
    Molli Vernon
    Sabine Coleman
    Joey Vandermeide
    Dominic Williams
    Hunter Clark
    William Weedon
    Olivia Heiner
    Jacob Brown
    Haylie Brown
    Savannah Nelson
    Kyrie Nelson
    Monica Weedon
    Davis Pauley
    Sara Clark
    Emma Clark

     

     

       

      Strider Sports Announces International Distribution of Honda Strider Balance Bikes

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      Rapid City, SD (June 14, 2016) — Strider Sports International, the world’s premier manufacturer and marketer of no-pedal balance bikes for kids ages 18 months to 5 years old, is pleased to announce that the license for sales of the Honda Strider 12 Sport Balance Bikes has been expanded worldwide.  The Honda licensed Strider Balance Bike enables children as young as 18 months to begin their love of all things two-wheeled, and connect that love to the Honda brand.

      Since 2011, Strider has been licensed in the USA and has enjoyed tremendous success, with Strider Bikes sold across the nation. ”We are very excited to be expanding the license worldwide. Our international distributors and Honda fans from around the world have been waiting for this expanded territory,” says Ryan McFarland, CEO of Strider Sports Int’l, Inc. “We are always eager to put more kids on bikes. And that’s good for everyone’s future – especially the motorcycle industry.” 

       

      About Strider Sports International, Inc.

      Founded in 2007 and headquartered in Rapid City, SD, Strider Sports designs efficient, no-pedal balance bikes for children as young as 18 months, as well as for older riders with special needs.  Strider’s mission is to simplify a bike to its essence, so proper size, weight, and simplicity combine to eliminate any fear of riding and instill confidence in the rider. Strider No-Pedal Balance Bikes are industry-leading training bikes that help children as young as 18 months learn to ride effectively on two wheels. Strider also manufactures balance bikes for individuals with special needs and for seniors wanting to stay active later in life. The patented Strider Balance Bikes focus on the fundamentals of balancing, leaning, and steering without the distractions and complications of pedals or training wheels. Strider Bikes are now distributed in more than 75 countries worldwide. In 2015, Strider sold its one-millionth bike. Through its charitable Rider Fund, Strider Sports has donated over $250,000 in cash and over $350,000 in Strider products since 2008.To learn more and to find a retailer in your area, visit www.StriderBikes.com, like them on Facebook, and follow them on Twitter and Instagram.

      Your Child Can Become a Strider Superhero With a Personalized Book and Superhero Cape

      hippomooseYou’ve made the excellent decision to purchase a Strider balance bike for your kiddo, but did you know that you can take that gift to the next level with their own personalized book?  Your little one will enjoy sitting down with a story made just for them!! When you order, we will customize the story with his/her name to help engage them in an amazing adventure in which he/she is the hero.   In fact, not only will your child get a personalized story book, they will get a Strider Superhero Cape as well!  Encourage your child to dream big with Strider’s personalized book and Superhero Cape combo!

      Create your own customized amazing Strider adventure here 

       

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      Strider Balance Bike Races Returning to Pioneer Park in Salt Lake City on June 25

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      Toddlers as young as 18 months to race and enjoy family-friendly activities at event

      Rapid City, SD (June 7, 2016) — Strider Bikes, the world’s leading manufacturer and marketer of children’s no-pedal balance bikes, is returning to Pioneer Park for its 2016 Strider Cup Series with the Strider Cup Race presented by Intermountain LDS Hospital on June 25 in Salt Lake City. 

      The June 25 race is the second of three events in the national Strider Cup racing series, in which toddlers as young as 18 months old put their Strider Bike skills to the test. These family-friendly races also feature a free Strider Adventure Zone play area with games and Strider Bikes to test ride.

      “Strider Bikes build up so much confidence and helped my boys be independent at a young age,” said Justin Hewett, of Draper, Utah. His 4-year-old son, Hawk, competed in 2015 and since then has quickly and easily transitioned to a pedal bike. He still loves his Strider Bike and is competing this year. His 2-year-old brother, Lincoln, will be racing for the first time. “We had such a great experience at the Strider race last year. My wife and I were so impressed, it totally exceeded our expectations!”

      The event includes races for 2-, 3-, 4- and 5-year-olds. The registration fee is $25 online before June 21 or $35 on-site. Racers will receive a Strider jersey, number plate for their bike and a goodie bag valued at more than $50 with their registration Pre-registration is open at https://www.striderbikes.com/saltlakecity

      A typical Strider race scene features hundreds of excited and proud young parents and grandparents eagerly encouraging their young racers while ringing bright yellow cowbells as the starting gate drops. Toddlers, some still in diapers, lean forward, kick their short legs, and embark upon their 600-foot plus journey over obstacles such as dirt mounds and wooden ramps. All racers are treated to a celebratory podium award ceremony immediately following their main race, where they will receive either a trophy or a medal and pose for the cheering crowd. 

      On May 25, Stoel Rives LLC teamed up with Strider to give away 120 Strider Bikes to local youth, including 50 bikes to the Lolie Eccles Early Education Center: Childcare, Preschool & Kindergarten, part of YWCA Utah, and another 50 to the Wasatch Christian Early Learning Center. Several of those recipients are expected to participate in the June 25 Strider Cup Race.

      The Strider Cup events also include races for athletes with special needs in conjunction with the Special Olympics program in each city. In Salt Lake City, 24 Special Olympics athletes received Strider Bikes and are learning to ride for the June 25 race. These athletes will race the 12” models, as well as Strider’s new, larger 16” and 20” balance bikes, which the company launched in 2014 specifically for the special needs community. Strider has waived the registration fee for riders with special needs.

      The other two Strider Cup races will be held June 11 in Lincoln, Nebraska and July 9 in Spokane, WA. Participating in any of these events automatically qualifies the rider for the Strider Cup World Championship, July 29-30 at Pier 35 in San Francisco, California. The Strider event page, https://www.striderbikes.com/events has more information on all of the races.

       

      About Strider Sports International, Inc.

      Founded in 2007 and headquartered in Rapid City, SD, Strider Sports designs efficient, no-pedal balance bikes for children as young as 18 months, as well as for older riders with special needs.  Strider’s mission is to simplify a bike to its essence, so proper size, weight, and simplicity combine to eliminate any fear of riding and instill confidence in the rider. Strider No-Pedal Balance Bikes are industry-leading training bikes that help children as young as 18 months learn to ride effectively on two wheels. Strider also manufactures balance bikes for individuals with special needs and for seniors wanting to stay active later in life. The patented Strider Balance Bikes focus on the fundamentals of balancing, leaning, and steering without the distractions and complications of pedals or training wheels. Strider Bikes are now distributed in more than 75 countries worldwide. In 2015, Strider sold its one-millionth bike. To learn more and to find a retailer in your area, visit www.StriderBikes.com, like them on Facebook, and follow them on Twitter and Instagram.

       

      About Intermountain LDS Hospital

      LDS Hospital has a long tradition of quality healthcare that dates back to 1905. It has since grown to a 220-bed, elite, full-service community hospital serving northern Salt Lake and southern Davis counties. Nestled in the heart of Utah’s most historic neighborhood, we offer a complete range of high-quality wellness, diagnostic, and treatment services to the community while providing excellent clinical outcomes and extraordinary personal service. https://intermountainhealthcare.org/

       

      Toddlers as young as 18 months to race and enjoy family-friendly activities at event


      Rapid City, SD (June 7, 2016) — Strider Bikes, the world’s leading manufacturer and marketer of children’s no-pedal balance bikes, is returning to Pioneer Park for its 2016 Strider Cup Series with the Strider Cup Race presented by Intermountain LDS Hospital on June 25 in Salt Lake City.

      The June 25 race is the second of three events in the national Strider Cup racing series, in which toddlers as young as 18 months old put their Strider Bike skills to the test. These family-friendly races also feature a free Strider Adventure Zone play area with games and Strider Bikes to test ride.

      “Strider Bikes build up so much confidence and helped my boys be independent at a young age,” said Justin Hewett, of Draper, Utah. His 4-year-old son, Hawk, competed in 2015 and since then has quickly and easily transitioned to a pedal bike. He still loves his Strider Bike and is competing this year. His 2-year-old brother, Lincoln, will be racing for the first time. “We had such a great experience at the Strider race last year. My wife and I were so impressed, it totally exceeded our expectations!”

      The event includes races for 2-, 3-, 4- and 5-year-olds. The registration fee is $25 online before June 21 or $35 on-site. Racers will receive a Strider jersey, number plate for their bike and a goodie bag valued at more than $50 with their registration Pre-registration is open at https://www.striderbikes.com/saltlakecity.

      A typical Strider race scene features hundreds of excited and proud young parents and grandparents eagerly encouraging their young racers while ringing bright yellow cowbells as the starting gate drops. Toddlers, some still in diapers, lean forward, kick their short legs, and embark upon their 600-foot plus journey over obstacles such as dirt mounds and wooden ramps. All racers are treated to a celebratory podium award ceremony immediately following their main race, where they will receive either a trophy or a medal and pose for the cheering crowd.

      On May 25, Stoel Rives LLC teamed up with Strider to give away 120 Strider Bikes to local youth, including 50 bikes to the Lolie Eccles Early Education Center: Childcare, Preschool & Kindergarten, part of YWCA Utah, and another 50 to the Wasatch Christian Early Learning Center. Several of those recipients are expected to participate in the June 25 Strider Cup Race.

      The Strider Cup events also include races for athletes with special needs in conjunction with the Special Olympics program in each city. In Salt Lake City, 24 Special Olympics athletes received Strider Bikes and are learning to ride for the June 25 race. These athletes will race the 12” models, as well as Strider’s new, larger 16” and 20” balance bikes, which the company launched in 2014 specifically for the special needs community. Strider has waived the registration fee for riders with special needs.

      The other two Strider Cup races will be held June 11 in Lincoln, Nebraska and July 9 in Spokane, WA. Participating in any of these events automatically qualifies the rider for the Strider Cup World Championship, July 29-30 at Pier 35 in San Francisco, California. The Strider event page, https://www.striderbikes.com/events has more information on all of the races.

      About Strider Sports International, Inc.

      Founded in 2007 and headquartered in Rapid City, SD, Strider Sports designs efficient, no-pedal balance bikes for children as young as 18 months, as well as for older riders with special needs.  Strider’s mission is to simplify a bike to its essence, so proper size, weight, and simplicity combine to eliminate any fear of riding and instill confidence in the rider. Strider No-Pedal Balance Bikes are industry-leading training bikes that help children as young as 18 months learn to ride effectively on two wheels. Strider also manufactures balance bikes for individuals with special needs and for seniors wanting to stay active later in life. The patented Strider Balance Bikes focus on the fundamentals of balancing, leaning, and steering without the distractions and complications of pedals or training wheels. Strider Bikes are now distributed in more than 75 countries worldwide. In 2015, Strider sold its one-millionth bike. To learn more and to find a retailer in your area, visit www.StriderBikes.com, like them on Facebook, and follow them on Twitter and Instagram.

      About Intermountain LDS Hospital

      LDS Hospital has a long tradition of quality healthcare that dates back to 1905. It has since grown to a 220-bed, elite, full-service community hospital serving northern Salt Lake and southern Davis counties. Nestled in the heart of Utah’s most historic neighborhood, we offer a complete range of high-quality wellness, diagnostic, and treatment services to the community while providing excellent clinical outcomes and extraordinary personal service. https://intermountainhealthcare.org/

      Spokefest, Mountain Gear, and Strider Donating 120 Bikes at June 4 Giveaway Party

      Spokefest®, Mountain Gear®, and Strider®Donating 120 Bikes at June 4 Giveaway Party

      Spokane parents encouraged to submit applications for balance bikes by May 27


      Rapid City, SD (May 12, 2016) — SpokeFest Association and Mountain Gear are joining forces with Strider Bikes, the world’s leading manufacturer and marketer of children’s no-pedal balance bikes, to give away 120 Strider Bikes to Spokane County youth ages 18 months to 5 years old.

      Mountain Gear will host a Giveaway Party on Saturday, June 4, from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. at their retail location, 2002 N Division, Spokane, WA. The Giveaway Party is free, open to the public and refreshments will be provided. Kids can test ride a Strider Bike at the Adventure Zone, where helmets will be available.

      Of the 120 Strider Bikes, 90 will go to the children and families who submit applications by emailing events@mountaingear.com with ideas of what their children will do with the bikes. The deadline for submissions is May 27, and winners will be notified via email by June 1. Children must be between 18 months to 5 years old, live in Spokane County, WA, and be available to pick up the bike at the Giveaway Party on June 4.

      At the Giveaway Party, 10 bikes will be donated through a random drawing. Another 10 bikes will go to children of employees, and then 10 bikes will be given away at the Spokefest Summer Parkways event on Tuesday, June 21. Mountain Gear and Bike Hub employees assembled all of the bikes.

      After the June 4 Giveaway Party, local toddlers can practice their skills to race in the Spokane Strider Cup race on July 9. The Spokane Race is the last of three events in the 2016 Strider Cup, a national Strider Bike racing series for toddlers and children. It is the first time the Strider Cup has been hosted in Spokane. These family-friendly races for the tiniest competitors give small children a chance to put their Strider Balance Bike skills to the test.

      The July 9 Strider Cup event will have races for 2-, 3-, 4-, and 5-year-olds, and Special Needs riders of all ages. Registration fee is $25 online or $35 on-site for the toddler races. Strider has waived the registration fee for riders with special needs. Racers will receive a Strider goodie bag valued at more than $50 with their registration, and all racers will receive either a medal or a trophy. Pre-registration is open now at https://www.striderbikes.com/spokane.

      The 2016 Strider Cup races will be held on June 11 in Lincoln, Nebraska, on June 25 in Salt Lake City, Utah and July 9 in Spokane, WA. Participating in any of these events automatically qualifies the rider for the Strider Cup World Championship, July 29-30 at Pier 35 in San Francisco, California. The Strider event page, https://www.striderbikes.com/events has more information on all of the races.

      ABOUT MOUNTAIN GEAR:

      Mountain Gear is a leading multi-channel outdoor sports retailer headquartered in Spokane Valley, Washington. Mountain Gear’s catalog was first published in 1993 and is now considered an encyclopedic reference of climbing, mountaineering and backpacking gear. Mountain Gear’s corporate headquarters and environmentally sustainable distribution center live in a newly renovated, 112,000-square-foot LEED Gold certified building in Spokane Valley. They regularly offer classes in climbing, kayaking, backcountry cooking, how to layer clothing and have helped thousands of people start amazing adventures and life-long hobbies. The company supports several charitable causes, including The Access Fund, as well as with Big City Mountaineers Summit for Someone, a program that gets at-risk urban youth into the outdoors. Learn more at www.mountaingear.com.

       

      ABOUT THE SPOKEFEST FOUNDATION:

      The SpokeFest Association is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization which promotes bicycling for health and transportation. We do this through education on bike safety at school-age and adult levels, as well as the following events: SpokeFest: Featuring our signature annual 21 mile ride with 9 mile and 50 mile options. SpokeFest was developed with the non-bicycle enthusiast in mind just as much as experienced cyclists. We welcome anyone interested in riding a bicycle and families going out on a group ride for the first time. http://www.spokefest.org/

      About Strider Sports International, Inc.

      Founded in 2007 and headquartered in Rapid City, SD, Strider Sports designs efficient, no-pedal balance bikes for children as young as 18 months, as well as for older riders with special needs.  Strider’s mission is to simplify a bike to its essence, so proper size, weight, and simplicity combine to eliminate any fear of riding and instill confidence in the rider. Strider No-Pedal Balance Bikes are industry-leading training bikes that help children as young as 18 months learn to ride effectively on two wheels. Strider also manufactures balance bikes for individuals with special needs and for seniors wanting to stay active later in life. The patented Strider Balance Bikes focus on the fundamentals of balancing, leaning, and steering without the distractions and complications of pedals or training wheels. Strider Bikes are now distributed in more than 75 countries worldwide. In 2015, Strider sold its one-millionth bike. To learn more and to find a retailer in your area, visit www.StriderBikes.com, like them on Facebook, and follow them on Twitter and Instagram.

      Lincoln Special Olympic Athletes Train For Strider Cup

      LINCOLN SPECIAL OLYMPIC ATHLETES TRAIN FOR STRIDER CUP

      Special Olympic athletes in Lincoln are now training for the City’s first Strider Cup Race from
      9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, June 11 in the Railyard. Most of the 23 athletes who are learning
      to ride Strider Bikes are on the Lincoln Shooting Stars, a Special Olympics Nebraska team
      sponsored by the Lincoln Parks and Recreation Department’s Easterday Recreation Center.

      Strider Sports International donated 30 of the no-pedal balance bikes to Special Olympics
      Nebraska, with 22 designated for Easterday. In addition to the 12-inch model for younger riders,
      the company has in recent years developed 16-inch and 20-inch models for older children and
      adults with balance and coordination challenges. A 2015 research study confirmed that riding a
      Strider Bike improved stability scores of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

      Three Strider Cup training sessions have already been held in Lincoln, and two more are
      planned. Media are invited to cover the training from 11 to 11:45 a.m. Saturday, May 14 at
      Easterday, 6130 Adams Street.

      “The training program is a wonderful opportunity for children and adults to overcome anxieties
      about riding bikes in a fun setting with peers,” said Kerry Zingg, Easterday Center Director. “It
      was so exciting to see such joy and enthusiasm from the youth who participated in our first week
      of training. We look forward to seeing the youth develop confidence in their abilities in the
      weeks to come.” Zingg said the athletes range in age from three to 16 years old.

      The bikes were assembled by Scott Anderson, a Special Olympics athlete and part-time
      employee at Special Olympics Nebraska; parents of those in the Young Athletes Program; and
      Lincoln Parks and Recreation volunteers. Parks and Recreation Carpentry Maintenance staff
      built two rumble bars and a bike ramp for the Strider Bike Program.

      Special Olympics Nebraska CEO Carolyn Chamberlin said the agency is excited about the new
      partnership with Strider Bikes. “Many of our athletes who previously could not ride a bicycle
      are excelling on the Strider Bike, and it means so much to see them experience the thrill of riding
      like their typically-abled peers,” she said.

      “My son Matt struggled to learn how to ride a traditional bicycle, but excelled on his Strider
      Bike,” said Alisa Hoffman, mother of Special Olympics Nebraska athlete Matt, 15. “He finally
      learned how to balance while riding and has since become more independent in his play.”

      The Special Olympic athletes will compete in the Special Needs Races during the Strider Cup,
      presented by Raising Canes Chicken Fingers® franchise in Lincoln. Strider Cup attendees will
      receive free admission to the Strider Adventure Zone, where riders can test ride all three sizes of
      Strider Bikes. Helmets will be provided. The event is the first of three national Strider Cup
      Races. Participants in the Lincoln event as well as those competing in Salt Lake City, Utah and
      Spokane, Washington can qualify for the Strider World Championship presented by FedEx in
      July in San Francisco.

      This is the second year the series has included Special Needs Races for athletes of all ages and
      abilities. Strider has waived the registration fee for athletes in these races. Strider works with
      Special Olympics teams in each race city, but the races are open to any Strider Rider with special
      needs. To register, contact education@striderbikes.com

       
      ABOUT SPECIAL OLYMPICS NEBRASKA
      Special Olympics Nebraska is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization founded in 1972. Its mission
      is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type
      sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. The athletes have continuing
      opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy, and participate
      in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendships with their families, other Special Olympics athletes
      and the community. For more information, visit sone.org.

      ABOUT STRIDER SPORTS INTERNATIONAL, INC.
      Founded in 2007 and headquartered in Rapid City, South Dakota, Strider Sports designs
      efficient, no-pedal balance bikes for children as young as 18 months, as well as for older riders
      with special needs. Strider’s mission is to simplify a bike to its essence, so proper size, weight
      and simplicity combine to eliminate any fear of riding, to instill confidence in the rider and to
      help people learn to ride effectively on two wheels. Strider also manufactures balance bikes for
      individuals with special needs and for seniors wanting to stay active later in life. The patented
      Strider Balance Bikes focus on the fundamentals of balancing, leaning and steering without the
      distractions and complications of pedals or training wheels. Strider Bikes are now distributed in
      more than 75 countries. In 2015, Strider sold its one-millionth bike. For more information, visit
      StriderBikes.com.

      California Riders Excited to Race at Strider Cup World Championship – Part 2

      The 2016 Strider Cup World Championship presented by FedEx will be rolling into San Francisco’s Pier 35 July 29th – 30th! Strider riders all over the Golden State are getting excited for the big day. Here are just a few stories from registered Strider racers:

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      Mason and Brooklyn – Newark, CA

      Brother and sister duo Mason and Brooklyn of Newark, CA, are ready to race! Brooklyn, who just turned five years old, got her Strider Balance Bike when she was three. She shocked her parents six months later by immediately transitioning to a pedal bike.

      “One day, she pointed to a pedal bike and told us she wanted to ride it – without the training wheels,” recounts her father David. “We were hesitant, because she had never ridden a pedal bike before, but we took off the training wheels. We just had to hold the seat for her first try. Then, the second time, she was off and pedaling. It was mind blowing. I didn’t think it would go as well as it did.”

      Mason is two and started riding six months ago. David said that first he didn’t grasp the concept of sitting down. He started striding on it after about a month of watching Brooklyn ride. Mason rides his Strider Bike every chance he gets and loves to make motorcycle noises. David, who rides a dirt bike, has a kid’s Pee Wee 50 in the garage waiting for them and added, “I bet once they start riding the Pee Wee bike, the skills they learned on Striders will transfer over to riding a motorcycle.”

      Riding a Strider Bike gives kids independence and the ability to gain confidence on a bike without the having pressure of having to pedal or push back for braking. They have more control, as they can touch the ground and go at their own speed. As a parent, I don’t have to worry about them. On a bike with training wheels, if it tips, they are going down with the bike and it’s going to hurt more.”

      Both of them compete at the Strider Races at the Santa Clara PAL BMX track. David said riding has helped them quickly learn the fundamentals of how to ride a bicycle and while boosting their confidence and independence. He added, “A tricycle may seem like a bike that would help them learn, but it isn’t. The Strider Balance Bike has a shorter learning curve than a tricycle, because riding a Strider makes it much easier to want to hop on two wheel bike and go, versus being timid and scared to ride on two wheels, when they’ve been used to riding on three.”

       

      Harrison Burns

      Harrison – San Bruno, CA

      Greg first saw Strider Bikes at a bicycle shop and decided to buy one for his son, Harrison, because of its quality and features. The little guy was just 18 months old when he threw a leg over it and started striding.

      “I love that Harrison is learning to balance on the Strider!” Said Greg. “Learning to ride a bicycle is about balance, not pedaling.  A tricycle or training wheels teach you to pedal, not how to balance.”

      Harrison is two now and loves zooming around his backyard in San Bruno and says his Strider is, “Awesome!” He’s made his mark at the Santa Clara PAL BMX track, where he usually takes home the first place trophy in the Strider Balance Bike races.

      California Riders Excited to Race at Strider Cup World Championship

      The 2016 Strider Cup World Championship presented by FedEx will be rolling into San Francisco’s Pier 35 July 29th – 30th! Strider riders all over the Golden State are getting excited for the big day. Here are just a few stories from registered Strider racers: 

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      Mit – Fremont, CA

      Mit’s parents, Rohan and Mitali, bought him a Strider Balance Bike after he turned two and the toddler has been striding for about six months. He enjoys getting out with his friend, Viaan, who also started riding a Strider Bike when he was two years old.

      “Mit wants to ride it all the time and always gets excited when we tell him that ‘it is time to ride your bike,’” said Rohan. “He mainly rides it in the park next to our apartment building in Fremont. Sometimes he rides it in our parking lot or at his friend’s neighborhood. Believe it or not he also rides it in our apartment.”

      Rohan added that Mit likes doing superhero stunts on his bike by going down a hill, turning right or left and stopping all of a sudden.

      “We are fortunate to live in a city where Mit has gotten a unique opportunity to participate in the World Championship at a very young age,” said Rohan.

       

       

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      Diego – Fremont, CA

      Kristin’s family was introduced to Strider Balance Bikes by a friend who invited them to watch the races at Santa Clara PAL BMX. Her son, Diego, was immediately intrigued, so they bought a Strider Bike for him just after his second birthday.

      “A Strider Bike is top of the line when it comes to balance bikes and had the best reviews,” said Kristin. “It was actually quite affordable and easy to purchase.”

      Little did she know Diego would turn out to be a racing phenom! He’s four years old now and has competed in over 100 Strider Balance Bike races across California, taking home more than 75 first place trophies. He is a National Champion under USABMX and has some impressive video and photos on Instagram at #Diego901.

      Diego is even one of the first officially sponsored Strider Bike Riders on the West Coast by Black Crown BMX, of Atlanta, Georgia. Kristin added, “His Strider Bike has given him so much opportunity and he’s become quite the people person. I am not sure what Diego loves more than his Strider Bike.”

      Although Diego prefers his Strider Bike over anything, he did start riding his first pedal bike at three years old, going directly from a Strider to a pedal bike, with no need for training wheels.

      “The Strider Bike has encouraged him to be more social and learn how to communicate better at such a young age,” said Kristin. “He talks about his Strider all the time. His Strider Bike also encourages him to simply go outside and play. He also gets exercise and it’s definitely made him more active. Who knew something so simple (but awesome) could make such a huge impact!”

       

      Keep watching for more Strider Cup World Championship rider highlights!

      Strider Brings Fun for Kids to Major League Triathlon Series

      Strider Brings Fun for Kids to Major League Triathlon Series

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      Strider Adventure Zones to Teach Riding Skills to Kids 2 to 5 Years Old

      Rapid City, SD (April 12, 2016) — The country may not be quite ready for Toddler Triathlons, but kids as young as 18 months can learn to ride a bike and have fun at this month’s Major League Triathlon (MLT) event kicking off in Temple, Texas. Thanks to Strider, the leader in no-pedal balance bikes and its famous Strider® Adventure Zone, parents and spectators visiting the Major League Triathlon weekend of events can introduce the youngest members of the family to the fun of riding a bike. Ideal for toddlers and kids up to age five, the Strider Adventure Zone is a safe, free, fun, and friendly environment where all young riders can take a spin around the specially designed course of ramps and obstacles. Strider Bikes help children develop vital balance and coordination skills needed to ride on two wheels, while the Adventure Zone course allows riders of all abilities to take their time getting comfortable on a bike as they socialize, play, and show off to their parents.

      “A big thing for us is making everyone feel comfortable to get involved at our events,” said MLT CEO Daniel Cassidy. “That includes children, and we know that having Strider on site with their Adventure Zone will make our weekends even more conducive to families.”

      Ryan McFarland, Strider Founder and CEO agrees, “At Strider, we go where the action is. The Major League Triathlon events are full of families and athletes who love the outdoors, so they are a perfect venue for our Adventure Zones.”

      A fun event for the entire family, the 2016 Major League Triathlon – Temple takes place April 15-17. The Strider Adventure Zone will be open Saturday, April 16 from 12:00 noon – 3:30 p.m. at the Mayborn Convention Center in Temple, TX. The MLT festival will include food vendors, craft beer vendors, game zones featuring SpikeBall, interactive expos, MLT Pro interaction, a headliner concert featuring Russell Dickerson, and more! Three other MLT events (and Strider Adventure Zones) will take place throughout the summer and fall in Sarasota, Florida; Lincoln, Nebraska; and Greater Portland, ME.

      FedEx Partners with Strider for the 2016 Strider Cup World Championship

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      Rapid City, SD (March 15, 2016)  – American global delivery services company FedEx® has signed on as the title sponsor for the 2016 Strider Cup World Championship for the third year in a row. The sixth annual event will be held at Pier 35 in San Francisco, CA July 29-30, 2016.

       

      The Strider Cup World Championship is the culmination of a series of qualifying races held in North America, Asia, Europe, and South America. Over 300 riders between two and five years old are expected to compete, as well as several racers with special needs. Strider is expecting toddler racers from over twelve countries to be represented in the world’s premier balance bike racing competition.

       

      “We are excited that FedEx is partnering with us again this year. We are expecting record breaking racer numbers and spectator numbers at Pier 35 and are thrilled to have the support of a global brand like FedEx,” said Ryan McFarland, Strider Sports’ founder and CEO. “As our Strider Cup events have grown worldwide, we have sought to align ourselves with international organizations. FedEx is a perfect partner for our company and our Strider Cup events.”

       

      For more information, contact Kyla Wright at kyla@Striderbikes.com or 605-381-0328 or visit www.StriderCupWorldChampionship.com

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      About Strider Sports International, Inc.

      Founded in 2007 and headquartered in Rapid City, SD, Strider Sports designs efficient, no-pedal balance bikes for all ages and abilities. Strider’s mission is to simplify a bike to its essence, so proper size, weight, and simplicity combine to eliminate any fear of riding and instill confidence in the rider. Strider No-Pedal Balance Bikes are industry-leading training bikes that help children as young as 18 months learn to ride effectively on two wheels. Strider also manufactures balance bikes for individuals with special needs and for seniors wanting to stay active later in life. The patented Strider Balance Bikes focus on the fundamentals of balancing, leaning, and steering without the distractions and complications of pedals or training wheels. Strider Bikes are now distributed in more than 75 countries worldwide. In 2015, Strider sold its one-millionth bike. To learn more and to find a retailer in your area, visit www.StriderBikes.com, like them on Facebook, and follow them on Twitter, and Instagram.

      About FedEx Corp.

      FedEx provides customers and businesses worldwide with a broad portfolio of transportation, shipping, and e-commerce and business services. With annual revenues of $47 billion, the company offers integrated business applications through operating companies competing collectively and managed collaboratively, under the respected FedEx brand. Consistently ranked among the world’s most admired and trusted employers, FedEx inspires its more than 325,000 team members to remain “absolutely, positively” focused on safety, the highest ethical and professional standards, and the needs of their customers and communities. www.fedex.com