It's our tenth anniversary and we're giving away ten prizes to Strider parents from around the globe! The 2017 Strider World Strider Day Photo Contest had almost 200 entries from seventeen countries. The randomly selected winners are below, and all of the entries can be found on our Flickr page.

If you see your photo below you will receive an email notification with more information by next week. A huge thanks to everyone who entered...if you didn't win make sure to keep snapping photos and send them in for the monthly photo contest and the Where Has Your Strider Taken You contest.

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Thailand

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Hong Kong

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Published in Parents Are Talking
Wednesday, 17 May 2017 02:47

A Tale of Two Sons: Transition to Pedal

Guest Blog by Tammy Billings

My husband and I have two boys, who are sixteen and five years old. The transition to a pedal bike without training wheels couldn’t have been more different. 

Strider, with their no-pedal bikes, turned our youngest son into an instant, bike-riding success story.  They taught him balance... which is really the key to riding a bike.  They gave him the confidence of a big kid, when he took off without training wheels, on the Big Boy Bike.

Here are their stories…

Frustration with the Oldest

When our older son was a preschooler, we bought him a bicycle for his birthday that had training wheels and a giant superhero shield on the handlebars.  He rode it everywhere we went, until he was simply too big for it any longer.  With an upcoming birthday, we bought him a bigger bike, and my husband and I spent an entire weekend devoted to Operation Learn to Ride.  We held the back of our son's bike seat, and took turns jogging beside him, as he wobbled back and forth, and tipped over more times than either one of us could count.  We may have thrown our hands into the air repeatedly and declared, "He's NEVER going to get this!  He's going to be the only college kid on his campus who can't ride a bike!" 

By the end of the weekend, we all high-fived one another, admired our well-toned calf muscles from all the running, and proclaimed our son to be a proficient bike rider.

We went to work on Monday morning, to rest and recover.  We had jogged beside that little blue bicycle for what felt like three consecutive marathons, before the wobbling and wrecking turned into a smooth, balanced ride.

New start with the youngest

Years later, it was time to buy our second son a tiny bike.  Some friends of ours recommended a brand called Strider.  My husband and I had never heard of Strider bikes before.  We were a little skeptical about the fact that these bikes... um... HAD NO PEDALS. What kind of bike didn't have pedals on it?Tammy blog photo cropped 

Our friends insisted that their sons had skipped training wheels altogether, as they'd gone straight from their Strider bikes to big-kid bikes.  So... we bought one.  It was tiny and blue.  Our two-year-old loved helping his dad unpack the bike's parts from the big birthday box, so they could put it together.  Once he sat down, he was completely smitten with it.

I still scrunched my brow and thought, "Is this even a REAL bike, without the pedals?"  But... he loved it, and off he went.  He was thrilled and content.

For the next three years, our little man rode that blue Strider.  He put enough miles on it to circle the globe twenty-seven times.  His balance improved so much, he was like a little mountain goat riding that bike. 

He could cruise along the sidewalks faster than his friends, who were using bikes with pedals and training wheels.  A few moms asked me, "Do his tiny little legs get tired on that bike?"  They didn't seem to. 

He was so fast on that Strider, he became known as the Neighborhood Blur.

When he turned four, his grandparents bought him the Big Boy Bike. It was bright orange, with pedals.  It had training wheels.  He tried it out, and he liked it... but he couldn't go as fast on it as he could on his Strider.  The training wheels created entirely too much drag, and his race times were flailing.  He gave up the Big Boy Bike, to go back to his Strider.  Faster is always better in our boy's mind.

When he was four, we traveled through the Black Hills, in South Dakota,  and stopped at the end of the trip at a mall, where we saw a bunch of tiny little Strider Bikes set up on a race course.  We knew we had a long car ride ahead of us, so we told him to grab a bike and go.

He did.

As soon as he took off... like a fired shot from the starting line... the attendant said, "Um... He has one of our bikes at home, doesn't he?"  Yes.  Yes, he did.  Our preschooler whipped through the Strider race course there in the mall like a professional.  He was given a little yellow ribbon when he was done, which he carried with him FOR WEEKS afterward, until it was crumpled and crushed.  He was as proud of that little yellow ribbon as an athlete is with an Olympic gold medal.

Youngest transitions with ease

This spring, our little man turned five.  I told my husband that we should take the training wheels off his Big Boy Bike, and give it a go, as soon as they were done raking some leaves around our driveway.  We have good friends who have a little girl who is four and a half.  She had just learned to ride her Big Girl Bike the previous weekend, after two years on her pink Strider.  She was the tiniest, cutest thing ever, riding a real bike without training wheels. 

After the previous, difficult experience with our older son, we psyched ourselves up for another weekend of running alongside our boy, helping him to balance and learn to ride.

Fifteen minutes later, my husband came inside and I asked him if he was ready to dismantle the training wheels.  He replied, "Yeah... I already did that.  He took off riding.  He did great."

I was stunned.

The training wheels came off.  Our little boy, who had just turned five a couple of weeks earlier, sat down on the bike... and he pedaled off into the sunset.  There was no running beside him. There was no holding his Big Boy Bike, while he got his balance figured out.  Because that balance part?  He'd been doing that all along on his Strider! 

We had no idea that it was going to translate into him not needing his parents to help him ride a bike without training wheels!  He really and truly got on that big bike... balanced it like he'd been born doing it... and rode off down the street.

Strider saved us from an entire weekend of jogging beside a little bicycle, while we held onto the back of our son's seat.  Strider took a parenting tradition away from us, which parents have been doing since the invention of the two-wheeled bike.  We wanted to clap and throw confetti everywhere!!  Our only regret is that our sixteen-year-old son had never gotten the privilege of owning a Strider bicycle. 

Difference a Strider Bike makes

Strider, honestly, makes learning to ride a bike simple.  They make kids immediately feel good about themselves.

Thank you, Strider.  We have recommended your bikes to every parent of young kids we know now.  Our friends with the four- year-old daughter said she learned to ride her Big Girl Bike the exact same way. 

Her mother even boldly said that Strider Bikes should be a standard gift for every baby shower thrown!  I couldn't agree more!

Well done, Strider.  Well done.

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Tammy Billings

  Guest blogger: Tammy Billings is a mother of two. You can find additional musings at her blog https://www.jedi-mama.com/.

Published in Parents Are Talking

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What a GREAT day of Strider Cup racing in Fort Worth's Sundance Square! Little legs strode over, through and around various obstacles – including the fountains. We ended up with just over 200 registered racers! 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, and racing!

Don't forget, everyone who participated is welcome to attend the Strider Cup World Championships in Salt Lake City, Utah July 21st and July 22nd. We know some of you are already making plans. Be sure to book your hotel soon!

A huge thank you to all the racers, their families, and to our Title sponsor, Dannon, for the wonderful support and delicious yogurt samples. A big thanks also to CLIF Kid for the Free Strider Adventure Zone and to Richardson Bike Mart, the Fort Worth Zoo, Splash Kingdom Waterpark, and Nestle Toll House Café. Finally, we’d like to thank Kyle of the Balance Bike Riders Group and Mayor Betsy Price for joining us on election day.
We had a wonderful time in your very friendly city of Fort Worth, and loved hearing the stories you shared about your child’s experience with Strider. Thank you for the hospitality!

We've got our photos posted on our Flickr page. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to catch all the latest Strider Happenings!
News Coverage: Fort Worth Star-Telegram. More coming soon!

Below are the results from each race class: 

 

2 and under Class - TOTAL RIDERS = 74

  • 1#101 Roman Martinez - Sugar Land, TX 
  • 2#139 Everett Higgs - Bushland, TX
  • 3#115 Brixton "B-Man" Brown - Lewisville, TX
  • 4#162 Theodor "Teddy" Conrad - San Marcos, TX
  • 5#114 Jacob "Jake" White - Bedford, TX
  • 6#137 AJ Angeles - Murphy, TX
  • 7#116 Shane Rattan - Fort Worth, TX
  • 8#122 Maddox "Mad Man" Crow - Frisco, TX
  • 9#117 Wyatt Franer - Fort Worth, TX
  • 10#172 Hadley Whitlow
  • 11#127 Jaxon Fisher - Burleson, TX
  • 12#133 Andrew "Buddy" Thurlow - Bedford, TX
  • 13#151 Emma Bowman - Alvin, TX 
  • 14#138 Deacon Rains - Richardson, TX

 

3 year old CLASS - TOTAL RIDERS = 67

  • 1#135 Braysen Yingling - Topeka, Kansas
  • 2#106 Graham Wells - Frisco, TX
  • 3#116 Pasha Ali - Trophy Club, TX
  • 4#127 Sawyer Whitmire - Fort Worth, TX
  • 5#121 Ariel De Sandozequi - Arlington, TX
  • 6#166 Emmary Hoover 
  • 7#129 Knox Thornton - Wylie, TX
  • 8#154 Giovanni Chavarria - Plano, TX
  • 9#101 Colton Jensen - Fort Worth, TX
  • 10#151 Brylen McBride - Fort Worth, TX
  • 11#102 Boone Shires - Plano, TX
  • 12#167 Jett Jobe
  • 13#156 Mason Hardcastle - Denton, TX

 

4 YEAR OLD CLASS - TOTAL RIDERS = 27

  • 1#104 Cason Chambers - Rockwall, TX
  • 2#126 Emmet Zvekan
  • 3#118 Cole Pittman - Bossier City, LA
  • 4#117 Chase Staples - Lantana, TX
  • 5#102 Reagan Roaquin - Leander, TX
  • 6#127 Liam Harrell
  • 7#119 Ryder Chen - Houston, TX
  • 8#112 Graham Pettersson - Fort Worth, TX
  • 9#106 Brantley Painter - Houston, TX
  • 10#107 Dez Eschenbach - Euliss, TX

 

5 AND UNDER CLASS - TOTAL RIDERS = 15

  • 1#112 Christian Lilley - Granberry, TX
  • 2#104 Travis Zapata - Fort Worth, TX
  • 3#111 Aidan Sakich - Golden, TX
  • 4#106 Colton "Showtime" Bowman - Alvin, TX
  • 5#105 Brecken Yingling - Topeka, KS
  • 6#110 Mason Armstrong - Fort Worth, TX
  • 7#101 Austin Aylor - Graham, TX
  • 8#113 Issac Camarillo
  • 9#108 Silas Flowers - Grapevine, TX
  • 10#107 Brycen Barnett - Burleson, TX
  • 11#115 Shlok Munigala
  • 12#103 Olivia Bainbridge - Haslet, TX
  • 13#102 Nathan Saul - Fort Worth, TX
  • 14#114 Emmanuel Ortega
  • 15#109 Lilian Conrad - San Marcos, TX

 

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!

Published in Strider Racing
Wednesday, 10 May 2017 15:23

April Strider Photo Contest Winners!

April was another month of amazing Strider Photo Contest entries! Below are the top 3 photos as voted on by the staff at Strider HQ from April. You can check All of the other entries on our Flickr Page.

If you were one of the top 3 selected you will receive an email with your gift certificate information by next week.

Make sure you're snapping photos and entering each month!

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1st Place - Sandstone Exploration - USA

 

2ndPlaceApril2018Web

2nd Place - Watch This, Mom! - USA

 

3rdPlaceApril2018Web

3rd Place - Don't Forget To Stay Hydrated - Philippines 

Published in Parents Are Talking

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Strider Bike Racing Toddlers Take Over Fort Worth’s Sundance Square May 6

Texas Governor Declares Youth Cycling Day and Fort Worth Mayor Gives Biking Tips


Rapid City, SD (May 6, 2017) — Governor Greg Abbott declared May 6 as Youth Cycling Day in honor of today’s Strider Cup Race Presented by Dannon at Sundance Square in Fort Worth, Texas. May is also National Bike Month. Strider Sports, the world’s leading manufacturer and marketer of children’s no-pedal balance bikes, runs the series and is celebrating 10 years in business with more than 1.6 million bikes sold around the world since 2007.

Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price gave tips to the Strider Balance Bike racers in the 2-year-old and under class, which included the youngest competitor – diaper-clad 19-month-old Abigail Crossland from Wichita Falls, Texas. The little tyke, who has been riding her Strider Bike since she was 14 months old, enjoyed a cold beverage from her sippy cup after striding along the 600-foot plus course over and around obstacles.

Nearly 200 racers participated in the race, the first of three events in the national Strider Cup racing series. This was the first time Strider has hosted a race in Texas. Families came from around the Lone Star State, as well as California, Colorado, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Washington.

“Abigail started riding her Strider Bike at just 14 months old,” said Brett Crossland, Abigail’s father. “Now she wakes up, grabs her helmet and is at the back door waiting to go most mornings. We’re glad to see her excited about her bike instead of a screen or other toys. The Strider Cup Race today was awesome!”

All racers were treated to a celebratory podium award ceremony after their main race, where they received either a trophy or a medal and posed for the cheering crowd. The event included races for 2-, 3-, 4- and 5-year-olds, and Special Needs Races for all ages and abilities.

Roman Martinez of Sugar Land, Texas, crossed the finish line ahead of the other 2-year-old racers to take home the top trophy. The winner of the popular 3-year-old class, Braysen Yingling, traveled from Topeka, Kansas. Cason Chambers of Rockwall, Texas, won the 4-year-old class. Christian Lilly of Granberry, Texas, came in first place in the 5-year-old class.

Racers in the Special Needs Class competed on the 12” models, as well as the larger 16” and 20” Strider Balance Bikes. Before the race, Strider worked with Special Olympics to donate 20 bikes to KinderFrogs School at Texas Christian University, an early-intervention educational program for children ages 18 months to six years with Down syndrome and other developmental delays.

“The fact that Strider includes us helps society see that our children can do what the rest of the kids do,” said Dr. Amanda Young, Adapted Physical Education Teacher at KinderFrogs. She recently completed her dissertation about the importance of family inclusion w/physical activity. “For most of these kids, it was their first experience on a two-wheeled bike. One of the best things with Strider Bike program is that the family can ride together, enjoying a healthy activity that gets them all outside.”

Strider worked with the Dannon Company in Fort Worth to donate 50 Strider Bikes and helmets to families in the Fort Worth community prior to today’s race.

The other two Strider Cup races will be held May 27 in Pittsburgh, PA, and June 10 in Lincoln, NE. Participating in any of these events automatically qualifies the rider for the Strider Cup World Championship, July 21-22 in Salt Lake City, Utah. The Strider event page, http://www.striderbikes.com/events has more information on all of the races.

About Strider Sports International, Inc.

Strider Sports designs efficient, no-pedal balance bikes for children age 18 months - 5, and for older riders with balance and coordination challenges. Strider’s mission is to simplify a bike, so proper size and weight combine to eliminate fear of riding and instill confidence. Strider Bikes allow riders to learn balance, leaning and steering; thus eliminating the need for tricycles or training wheels. Founded in 2007 in Rapid City, S.D., Strider has sold over 1.6 million bikes and is distributed in over 75 countries. It has donated over $850,000 through its Rider Fund. Visit www.StriderBikes.com, Facebook or Instagram.

Published in Press Releases

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It’s National Bike Month and Strider Bikes Still Trump Tricycles

10 years & 1.6 Million Bikes Sold; S.D. Gov Proclaims May 9 World Strider Day

 

Rapid City, S.D. (May 1, 2017) — May is National Bike Month, and since 2007, Strider Balance Bikes have trumped tricycles as the best way to teach toddlers to ride. Strider Sports, the world’s leading manufacturer and marketer of children’s no-pedal balance bikes, is celebrating 10 years in business and over 1.6 million Strider® Bikes sold with several global consumer contests and the designation of Tuesday, May 9 as World Strider Day.

The Governor of South Dakota, Dennis Daugaard, has proclaimed May 9 as World Strider Day to recognize the importance of inspiring healthy activities for very young children. In the Proclamation, the Governor also cites Strider’s contribution to teaching children as young as 18 months how to ride on two wheeled bicycles. The Strider Story video shares how and why Strider Bikes have changed lives: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OKtL8a4IvX8.

Strider distributors in over 75 countries are encouraging Strider Bike riding families to submit photos of young children riding Strider Bikes, using #WorldStriderDay on Instagram and Twitter. Strider Sports is encouraging fans to check out its Facebook Page prior to May 9 to learn how they can win one of ten Limited Edition Gold 10th Anniversary STRIDER® 12 Custom Balance Bikes to help celebrate this special day and year.

May 9 was selected because it is the birthday of Bode McFarland, the son of founder and company President, Ryan McFarland and “original Strider Bike rider”.

Additional contests and celebrations are planned throughout 2017, including a Birthday Bash on August 26 in Main Street Square, Rapid City, S.D. Continue to watch Strider’s Facebook Page throughout the year for more opportunities to win Strider gear and to participate in fun events.  

Top 10 Strider Milestones

2007: Strider Sports founded in Rapid City, S.D.

2009: First bikes distributed outside North America; starts in Japan – now sold in 75+ countries

2011: First Strider World Championship Race – now dozens of races taking place around the world

2013: First Strider Education Class

2014: Strider Rider Fund launches – $850,000+ donated to date

2014: Strider awarded Interbike’s Next Generation Award

2015: Participation in Special Olympics World Games Torch Run

2015: Strider sells 1 millionth bike – now 1.6M+ sold

2016: Launch of Strider Custom Realtree Bike and Strider Rocking Base

2017: S.D. Governor declares May 9 as World Strider Day

About Strider Sports International, Inc.

Strider Sports designs efficient, no-pedal balance bikes for children age 18 months - 5, and for older riders with balance and coordination challenges. Strider’s mission is to simplify a bike, so proper size and weight combine to eliminate fear of riding and instill confidence. Strider Bikes allow riders to learn balance, leaning and steering; thus eliminating the need for tricycles or training wheels. Founded in 2007 in Rapid City, S.D., Strider has sold over 1.6 million bikes and is distributed in over 75 countries. It has donated over $850,000 through its Rider Fund. Visit www.StriderBikes.com, Facebook or Instagram.

 

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Published in Press Releases
Thursday, 27 April 2017 10:44

Strider 10th Anniversary Birthday Bash!

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It’s Strider's birthday and we want to thank you

You are invited to help us celebrate at the Strider 10th Anniversary Birthday Bash!  Strider has been teaching kids around the world how to balance and ride on its no-pedal Balance Bike for 10 years, and it all started here – in Rapid City. Let's party Strider style!  Join us Saturday, August 26th at Main Street Square from 10am until 2pm with super fun activities for your Strider rider. Bring your rider and their bike and take part in traditional birthday celebration activities, fun riding courses and obstacles, games and more.  All FREE to the public!

 

 

Published in Strider Events

Texas Governor declares Youth Cycling Day and Fort Worth Mayor to Give Little Riders Tips

Rapid City, SD (April 19, 2017) — Strider Bikes, the world’s leading manufacturer and marketer of children’s no-pedal balance bikes, is welcoming balance bike racing toddlers, some still in diapers, to the Strider Cup Race Presented by Dannon on May 6 at Sundance Square in Fort Worth, Texas.

This is the first time the event has been held in the Lone Star State. In honor of the event, Governor Greg Abbott has declared May 6 as Youth Cycling Day. Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price will stop by to give the littlest bike riders tips before the first race at 9 a.m.

Pasha Ali, three-year-old racer from Trophy Club, Texas, is registered and has been practicing his “Winner Dance” for several months. His father, Nur Ali, believes riding the Strider Bike has helped Pasha improve his balance, coordination and develop quicker reflexes.

Ali, who has nearly two decades of car racing under his seatbelt, said, “I’m very excited about this season for both of us, as this is the first year we’ll race in the same calendar year; he in the Strider Cup and myself in Red Bull Global Rallycross series.”

The race is the first 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. Most of the registrants for the May 6 event are from Texas, but racers are also traveling from California, Colorado, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Washington. In addition to the races, these family-friendly events feature a free Strider Adventure Zone ride and play area with Strider Bikes to test ride.

The May 6 event includes races for 2-, 3-, 4- and 5-year-olds. The registration fee is $25 online or families can still register their young rider at the packet pick-up at Cabela’s on Friday, May 5, at 12901 Cabela Drive in Fort Worth. There is no same-day race registration. Racers will receive a Strider jersey, a number plate for their bike and a goodie bag valued at more than $50 with their registration. Pre-registration is open at http://www.striderbikes.com/fortworth.

A typical Strider race scene features hundreds of proud parents and grandparents cheering on racers while ringing 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 after their main race, where they receive either a trophy or a medal and pose for the cheering crowd.

The Strider Cup events also include races for individuals of all ages and abilities with special needs. Strider worked with Special Olympics to donate 20 bikes to KinderFrogs School at Texas Christian University, an early-intervention educational program for children ages 18 months to six years with Down syndrome and other developmental delays. The athletes are learning to ride for the May 6 race.

Special Needs Racers compete on the 12” models, as well as Strider’s 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.
Strider is working with employees at the Dannon Company facility in Fort Worth to donate 50 Strider Bikes and helmets to families in the Fort Worth community.

The other two Strider Cup races will be held May 27 in Pittsburgh, PA, and June 10 in Lincoln, NE. Participating in any of these events automatically qualifies the rider for the Strider Cup World Championship, July 21-22 in Salt Lake City, Utah. The Strider event page, http://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. To date, Strider has sold more than 1.5 million. Since its inception, Strider Sports International, the world’s premier manufacturer and marketer of no-pedal balance bikes, has donated over $850,000 through its Rider Fund to organizations that serve children and adults in need. 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.

Published in Press Releases
Wednesday, 12 April 2017 04:43

March Strider Calendar Contest Winners!

March was another month of great Strider Calendar Contest entries! Every picture shows a unique perspective on each Strider rider's love of riding. Below are the top 3 photos as voted on by the staff at Strider HQ from March. You can check All of the other entries on our Flickr Page.

If you were one of the top 3 selected you will receive an email with your gift certificate information by next week.

Make sure you're snapping photos and entering each month!

1aFirst

1st Place - Feet Up, Big Smile - USA

 

2nd Place March 2017

2nd Place - Lean Into the Turn - Japan

 

1cThird

3rd Place - Two Year Old Shredder - USA 

Published in Parents Are Talking

Strider Bikes Brings Two-Wheeled Toddler Fun to American Flat Track
American Flat Track To Add Children’s Area For Eight Races

Rapid City, SD (March 14, 2017) — Strider Bikes, the world’s leading manufacturer and marketer of children’s no-pedal balance bikes, is pleased to announce it is the official sponsor of the Children’s Area for eight of the 2017 American Flat Track races this season. The Strider activation in the Children’s Area will include a Strider Adventure Zone (ride and play area) where children as young as 18 months can learn to balance and ride on the pedal-less bikes.

“It is a key objective to make our events accessible for the entire family,” said Michael Lock, CEO of American Flat Track. “The addition of the Strider Adventure Zone will open up many of our races to a new generation of fans, giving them a taste of two-wheel competition in a fun setting.”

The Strider Adventure Zone will be located in the vendor area at Daytona International Speedway – near the main injector – and will open on race day, at 2 p.m.

The first Strider Children’s Area and Strider Racing will kick off March 16 during Bike Week in Daytona Beach, Fla. on a new TT circuit under the bright lights inside Daytona International Speedway. Other race cities include Atlanta, GA; Charlotte, NC; Red Mile, KY; Sturgis, SD; Williams Grove, PA; Rolling Hills, NY; and Perris, CA.The Children’s Area will open on Saturday of each race weekend, with the exception of Daytona, where the Strider Adventure Zone will open at 2:00pm, Thursday, March 16th.

The Adventure Zone gives kids 18 months to five years old a chance to test ride a Strider balance bike, play with other kids, and develop balance and coordination in a custom designed area. This safe and friendly environment encourages kids to explore mobility on two wheels and experience the challenge and thrill of riding a Strider on unique terrains and obstacles. Bikes and helmets will be provided. Admission is free for the American Flat Track Races to children under the age of twelve. Admission may be charged for adults at some of the events, and the hours of the festival area are 2:00pm-6:30pm.


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 American Flat Track
American Flat Track is the world's premier dirt track motorcycle racing series and one of the longest-running championships in the history of motorsports. Sanctioned by AMA Pro Racing in Daytona Beach, Fla., the series is highly regarded as the most competitive form of dirt track motorcycle racing on the globe. For more information on American Flat Track, please visit http://www.americanflattrack.com, follow us on Twitter, like us on Facebook, live stream the events at FansChoice.tv and catch all the American Flat Track racing action on NBCSN.

Published in In The News
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