June was yet another month full of amazing Strider Calendar Contest Entries! Below are the top 3 photos as voted on by the staff at Strider HQ. You can check out all the entries on our Flickr page.
If you were one of the top 3 selected for June you will receive an email with your gift certificate information.
Don't forget to keep snapping and capturing the cute, intense, and fun moments for your July entries!
1st Place - They Own the Block
2nd Place - Getting Muddy
3rd Place - All-In-One Triathlon
Strider returned to Salt Lake City, Utah June 25th for another fun-filled day of toddler racing! 244 Strider riders rolled into Pioneer Park for the 2016 Strider Cup Race. Not a cloud in the sky and some super striding made for some great race action! Happy, smiling faces received trophies as champions were crowned in 2 and under, 3, 4, 5 year old, and special needs divisions. Don't forget, everyone who participated is welcome to attend the Strider Cup World Championships in San Francisco, California, July 29th and 30th.
A huge thank you to all the racers, their families, and to our sponsor, Intermountain LDS hospital, for the wonderful support. It could not have been as amazing without you!
Speaking for the staff of Strider we had a wonderful time in Salt Lake City exploring the city and the beautiful Downtown Farmers Market , but most of all enjoyed race day along with the enthusiasm and stories that surrounded the Strider experience of those racers.
Below are the results from each race class:
2 and under Class - TOTAL RIDERS = 81
- 1#234 Andrew Yates - South Weber, UT
- 2#266 Lincoln Hewett - Draper, UT
- 3#208 Ryden "Ry Ry" Morgan - West Valley City, UT
- 4#212 Will Gordon - Ephraim, UT
- 5#257 Jackson Strauss - Salt Lake City, UT
- 6#250 Jax "Scrappy J" Loter - Salt Lake City, UT
- 7#255 Lukas Nielsen - Price, UT
- 8#214 Zander "Monkey" Henderson - Lehi, UT
- 9#262 Mason Hart - Riverton, UT
- 10#207 Taydien "Mater" Gregston - Erda, UT
3 year old CLASS - TOTAL RIDERS = 77
- 1#307 Milo Rees - South Jordan, UT
- 2#346 Kyler Muir - Payson, UT
- 3#365 Brayton Goodrich - Roosevelt, UT
- 4#348 Ryker Faddis - Riverton, UT
- 5#377 Jaxsen Shoemaker - Grantsville, UT
- 6#340 Riggen "Rigs" Koenig - Harrisville, UT
- 7#354 Karson Huffman - Eagle Mountain, UT
- 8#352 Quaid Garcia - Draper, UT
- 9#315 Ryder Tauszik - Salt Lake City, UT
- 10#313 Ethan Baughman - Herriman, UT
4 year old CLASS - TOTAL RIDERS = 60
- 1#460 Brekken King - Lindon, UT
#449 Hawk Hewett - Draper, UT
- 3#440 Kort Barnes - Bountiful, UT
- 4#401 Kayson McGee - Tooele, UT
- 5#456 Pratt Williams - South Jordan, UT
- 6#415 Landon Nielson - Sarasota Springs, UT
- 7#438 Kayner Sweat - Heber City, UT
- 8#421 Porter Price - Salt Lake City, UT
- 9#455 Boone "Booneman" Tischner - Elk Ridge, UT
5 year old class - TOTAL RIDERS = 13
- 1#503 Ayeden Koplin - West Bountiful, UT
- 2#512 Carter Easton - Sandy, UT
- 3#506 Sophie Gregory - Herriman, UT
- 4#502 Lincoln Smith - Saratoga Springs, UT
- 5#513 Beckham Easton - Sandy, UT
- 6#508 Luke "Ghost" Walton - Twin Falls, ID
- 7#501 Ryker "Roo" Martinez - Roy, UT
- 8#510 Gavin Sherwood - Tooele, UT
- 9#511 Krew Christensen - Salem, UT
Special Needs 8 and under Strider 12" CLASS - TOTAL RIDERS = 3
- 1#902 Kinlee Owens
- 2#901 Hunter Clark - Eagle Mountain, UT
- 3#904 Jayson West
SPECIAL NEEDS STRIDER 16" CLASS - TOTAL RIDERS = 8
- 1#910 Michael Molten - Saratoga Springs, UT
- 2#908 Joshua Whiting - Eagle Mountain, UT
- 3#906 Emma Clark - Eagle Mountain, UT
- 4#905 Patrick Goodwin - Eagle Mountain, UT
- 5#911 Jordan Barlow - Draper, UT
- 6#907 Sara Clark - Eagle Mountain, UT
- 7#903 Sarah Whiting - Eagle Mountain, UT
- 8#909 Alyssa Kirkland - Herriman, UT
SPECIAL NEEDS STRIDER 20" CLASS - TOTAL RIDERS = 12
- 1#914 Mylz Bennett - South Jordan, UT
- 2#913 Braden Kip Baker - Herriman, UT
- 3#920 TJ Molten - Saratoga Springs, UT
- 4#919 Arianna Gregerson - Salem, UT
- 5#921 Savannah Nelson - Magna, UT
- 6#915 Macie Mortensen - Riverton, UT
- 7#922 Maren Feller - Salt Lake City, UT
I believe that I saw fire coming off of those tires on Saturday at the first stop of the 2016 Strider Cup in Lincoln Nebraska!
A big thank you for everyone who braved the heat and showed up at the Railyard in Lincoln to have a great time and race with their fellow Strider riders. The day was indeed warm but it was bearable (especially with ice cream nearby)! A total of 120 racers took part in the first ever Strider Cup race in Lincoln and champions were crowned in the 2, 3, 4 and 5 year old classes along with 3 special needs divisions. A total of 28 out of state racers made the journey from 9 states outside of Nebraska.
Also thanks goes out to our main Sponsor Raising Cane’s along with the Lincoln Convention and Visitor’s bureau, and the Railyard.
Speaking for the staff of Strider we had a wonderful time in Lincoln exploring the sites and the very cool Haymarket area, but most of all enjoyed race day along with the enthusiasm and stories that surrounded the Strider experience of those racers.
Below are the top 8 racers from each race class:
2 and under Class - TOTAL RIDERS = 39
- 1#225 Brayson, Yingling - Topeka, Kansas
- 2#232 Jensyn Codr - Lincoln, NE
- 3#221 Brady Pearson - Omaha, NE
- 4#227 Bodhi Harmon - Bloomington, MN
- 5#215 Taggart Jensen - Lincoln, NE
- 6#208 Chandler "Chan Chan Man" Lundstrom - Lincoln, NE
- 7#204 Case Dubbelde - Box Elder, SD
- 8#217 Ivan Shearer - Lincoln, NE
3 year old CLASS - TOTAL RIDERS = 40
- 1#304 Ryan Hauf - Rapid City, SD
- 2#327 Madden Thulin - Topeka, KS
- 3#305 Cashton "Cash" Allen - Sioux Falls, SD
- 4#323 Kaiya "Dabee Doos" Hecht - Omaha, NE
- 5#316 Eldyn DeFreece - Cairo, NE
- 6#303 Monroe Nelson - Omaha, NE
- 7#335 Madelyn "Speed Rider" Sherman - Lincoln, NE
- 8#320 Drake "Silas" Franklin - Lincoln, NE
4 year old CLASS - TOTAL RIDERS = 20
- 1#402 Maddox Van Dyk - Sioux Falls, SD
#413 Brecken Yingling - Topeka, KS
- 3#403 Logan Brehm - Lincoln, NE
- 4#405 Maddox Snell - Lincoln, NE
- 5#411 Zackeith "Zack" James - Lincoln, NE
- 6#406 Blair Ivy Willmott - Lincoln, NE
- 7#409 Mason Trentman - Grand Island, NE
- 8#410 Yuga Miyazaki - Buffalo Grove, IL
5 year old class - TOTAL RIDERS = 9
- 1#502 Brayden "Mr. B" Allen - Sioux Falls, SD
- 2#505 Alva "Bells" Franklin - Lincoln, NE
- 3#501 Paige Thompson - Lincoln, NE
- 4#504 Mckenzie Vandeventer - Hastings, NE
- 5#509 Aidan Sakich - Littleton, CO
- 6#506 Mason "Belitos" Hecht - Omaha, NE
- 7#503 Landen "Landy" Brauer - Lincoln, NE
- 8#507 Silas Revis - Omaha, NE
#508 Ella Jones - Lincoln, NE
Special Needs 8 and under Strider 12" CLASS - TOTAL RIDERS = 4
- 1#904 Andy Brockmeier - Lincoln, NE
- 2#905 Cecelia Fritsch - Lincoln, NE
- 3#902 Pia Flynn - Lincoln, NE - (tie for 3rd)
- 3#901 Max Flynn - Linccoln, NE - (tie for 3rd)
SPECIAL NEEDS 8 AND UNDER STRIDER 16" CLASS - TOTAL RIDERS = 4
- 1#917 - Lincoln, NE
- 2#918 DJ Steiner - Lincoln, NE
- 3#916 Noel Canaah - Lincoln, NE
- 3#915 Haley Aernie - Lincoln, NE
SPECIAL NEEDS 9 AND Older STRIDER 20" CLASS - TOTAL RIDERS = 4
- 1#923 Caleb Capps - Lincoln, NE
- 2#922 Robert Michael - Lincoln, NE
- 3#924 Devan Stutzman - Dorchester, NE
- 3#921 Gavin Eichenberger - Lincoln, NE
As the photos for May came in by email we were reminded once again how awesome our Strider riders and their parents are! You can check out all the entries on our Flickr page.
If you were one of the top 3 selected for May you will receive an email with your gift certificate information.
Don't forget to keep snapping and capturing the cute, intense, and fun moments for your June entries!
Without further ado...
1st Place - Downtime At the MX Track
2nd Place - Stride On Cowgirl
3rd Place - Perfect Strider Form
April saw another batch of amazing photos submitted by our very talented Strider parents! You can check out all the entries on our Flickr page.
If you were one of the top 3 selected for April you will receive an email with your gift certificate information.
Don't forget to keep snapping and capturing the cute, intense, and fun moments for your May entries!
Without further ado...
1st Place - Muddy Ride With Friends
2nd Place - Striding Along the Scree
3rd Place - Raise Your Hand if You Want to Ride
Toddlers as young as 18 months enjoy Strider Adventure Zones and Strider Races
Rapid City, SD (May 5, 2016) — Colorado is consistently highlighted as one of the healthiest states in the U.S. and currently ranks No. 1 in physical activity*. Many parents seek out healthy activities for kids over the summer, and Strider Bikes is meeting that demand with state-wide opportunities to introduce toddlers as young as 18 months old to bicycling.
Strider Sports International is the leading manufacturer of no-pedal balance bikes, which has sold over one million Strider Bikes since 2007. Strider Balance Bikes break down the overwhelming task of learning how to ride into a safe and natural progression; it's as easy as walking. With feet safely on the ground, a rider is easily able to maneuver and ride the lightweight bikes.
Kids new to Strider Bikes can take demo rides at Strider Adventure Zones, while experienced riders can practice skills at Strider Bike Races.
“Valmont Bike Park is excited to partner with Strider and Bicycle Village and provide a setting for kids to compete in their first race,” said Skyler Beck, Valmont City Park Manager. “Strider Bikes are great at helping kids learn balance and provide the best transition possible to pedal bikes.”
The Strider Event Calendar has the latest information on these upcoming Colorado events:
- May 14: Colorado Bike Expo, Sports Authority Field. Strider Learn to Ride Clinics: 11 a.m., 1 p.m. & 3 p.m. Sign up onsite.
- June 5: Elephant Rock Cycling Festival, Castle Rock. Strider Adventure Zone.
- June 12, 19, & 26, July 3,10, & 24, Aug 14, 21, & 28: Keystone Strider Balance Bike Series
- July 9 & July 16: Valmont Bike Park, First ever Strider Bike Race series.
- July 23 Rocky Mountain State Games, Strider Adventure Zone and Strider Bike Race.
Since its inception, Strider has donated over $600,000 through its Rider Fund to organizations that serve children and adults in need. Last fall, Strider donated 20 bikes to seven Colorado non-profit organizations. A 2015 research study of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) confirmed that riding a Strider Bikes helps children with ASD. Events for individuals with special needs include:
- May 7: Autism Speaks Walk, Coors Field. Strider Adventure Zone demo rides on all three sizes.
- August 8 – 12, Star Center Sensory Therapies and Research Bike Riding Camp. Ages 3-10.
Excited children and their families came with fingers crossed to win a Strider Bike at Raising Cane’s Giveaway Party on April 17 in Lincoln, Nebraska, held at one of their four Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers® franchise locations.
Strider and Raising Cane’s teamed up to give away 120 Strider Bikes to local children. More than 50 of the bikes were donated to children and families at the Montessori School for Young Children in Lincoln. In addition, 35 bikes were given away to the general public who registered onsite at the April 17 party. An additional 20 bikes were given to customers who registered in-restaurant between March 28 and April 10, and the remainder was given to children of Raising Cane’s crewmembers.
Kids at the event loved the free Adventure Zone set up by the local SCHEELS store. The play zone was busy all day with toddlers and younger children riding demo Strider Bikes. The Strider cowbells and participation ribbons were a big hit as well.
"We thought this event was going to be great, but after seeing the excitement on the faces of so many children, it really sunk in how amazing it truly was," said Dee Walker, Director of Marketing for the Lincoln Raising Cane's restaurants. "We couldn't be happier with how it turned out and can't wait to see many of these kids racing at the Strider Cup in June."
Acacia and Tyler Gentrup came to the event hoping to win bikes for their sons; 2-year-old Cash and 4-year-old Cade. They were delighted to hear Cade’s name called early on, and he chose a blue bike. When Cash’s name was called a bit later, he also wanted a blue one. Unfortunately, just a few bikes were left and none of them were blue. Cade graciously offered to give Cash the blue one he won, and take a red one instead. How’s that for brotherly love!
Besides parents of toddlers, several grandparents came and were able to win bikes for their grandchildren. An older gentleman even came specifically to win a bike for a boy in his neighborhood. He wasn’t disappointed and took home a Strider Bike for the little guy.
The Lincoln Journal Star stopped by and wrote an article, Raising Cane's Gives Away Strider Bikes to Lincoln Toddlers. The local ABC affiliate, KLKN-TV, also came by.
Many folks left with smiles and brand new Strider Bikes. They have plenty of time to practice before the Strider Cup Race in Lincoln on June 11, www.striderbikes.com/lincoln.
Strider Brings Fun for Kids to Major League Triathlon Series
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.
March was another great month of Strider Calendar Contest entrants! The Strider HQ staff (as always) had a tough time picking their 3 favorites.
If you were one of the top 3 selected for March you will receive an email with your gift certificate information.
Don't forget to keep snapping and capturing the cute, intense, and fun moments for your April entries!
Without further ado...
1st Place - Desert Overlook
2nd Place - KTM Snow Striding
3rd Place - Color Matching
Rapid City, SD (March 28, 2016) — The Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers® franchise in Lincoln, Nebraska, is teaming up with Strider Bikes, the world’s leading manufacturer and marketer of children’s no-pedal balance bikes, to give away 120 Strider Bikes to local youth. Raising Cane’s is hosting a Giveaway Party to hand out the bikes on April 17 from 1 p.m. – 3 pm. at their restaurant located at 58th & Old Cheney (5810 S. 58th Street). SCHEELS will also be onsite with a FREE Adventure Zone where children can come test ride a Strider Bike. The Giveaway Party and Adventure Zone is open to the public.
Raising Cane’s will be donating over 50 of the bikes to the children and families at the Montessori School for Young Children in Lincoln. In addition, 35 bikes will be given away at the April 17 Giveaway Party, where 5 bikes will be given away every 15 minutes to those in attendance. An additional 20 bikes will be given away to customers who register in-restaurant between March 28 and April 10, and the remainder will be given to children of their crewmembers.
“The partnership with Strider was a no-brainer for us. Not only does it embody one of our core values of supporting active lifestyles, but our (Justin and I) two children used them as well and we are true believers in the bike,” said Jennifer Jones, owner of the Lincoln and Grand Island Raising Cane’s restaurants. “So when we had the opportunity to give other children a chance to have a Strider Bike of their own and to host an event that would put 120 of these bikes under children in the community, we were very excited and didn’t hesitate to become apart of it.”
After the April 17 Giveaway Party, local toddlers can practice their skills to race in the Lincoln Strider Cup race on June 11. The Lincoln race is the first of three events in the 2016 Strider Cup, a national Strider Bike racing series for toddlers and children. It is also the first time Strider has held a national race in Lincoln. These family-friendly races for the tiniest competitors will give small children a chance to put their Strider Balance Bike skills to the test.
Derek Bombeck of Lincoln got Strider Bikes for his two-year-old twin sons Collin and Graham when they turned one. "It has been amazing watching their progression and confidence over the past 9 months. When we go outside the first thing they ask for is their Strider bikes. We ride them around the neighborhood and at the park. With the balance and coordination they are learning on their Strider Bikes, transitioning to pedal bikes should be easy."
The June 11 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 http://www.striderbikes.com/lincoln.
Upcoming Strider Cup races are slated for 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, http://www.striderbikes.com/events has more information on all of the races.