Over 250 toddlers took over the Bentonville City Square on Saturday, September 23rd for the 2023 Bentonville Strider Cup!
This nationally sanctioned race gave small children, ages 2-6 years old, a chance to put their balancing skills to the test in a friendly, competitive environment. Not only did this race help riders build the confidence that lays the foundation of good sportsmanship, but it also allowed them to meet other kids who share the same passion for two wheels.
For the Strider Cup, in the 2-year-old class, Cal Garcia from Bentonville, AR dominated the field and took home the championship. Jax Linden from Bentonville, AR won the 3-year-old class. Jax is no rookie to Strider Racing as he traveled to Osaka, Japan earlier this year to compete in the Strider Cup World Championships. Lastly, Ivan Bogdanov traveled from Houston, TX to compete and took first place in the 4-year-old class.
In the Adventure-Cross races, 14x riders ages 4-6 years old put their endurance skills to the test as they ran their first lap, strided their bike in balance mode for the second lap, and then had their grown-up swap their footrest for a pedal kit to finish lap three by pedaling their way to glory. This race was certainly not for the faint of heart. In the 4-year-old class, Alden Warren from Bella Vista, AR took first place. For the 5-year-old class, Leo Holt from Kansas City, MO raced his way to victory. Lastly, the 6-year-old class was dominated by Gus Holton from Bentonville, AR.
All participants received a medal and top placers received a trophy!
This event wouldn’t have been possible without support from the following sponsors: Hershey’s, Pirates Booty, Jolly Rancher, Twizzlers, Kodiak Cakes, Po Campo, Walmart Museum and Spark Café, Smitty’s Garage, Azul Tequila Bistro, and Visit Bentonville.
Click here to learn more about upcoming Strider events.