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
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
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.
Salt Lake City daycare centers receive 100; then 20 to be given away at party
Rapid City, SD (May 4, 2016) — Stoel Rives LLP, a business law firm in Salt Lake City, 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.
Employees at Stoel Rives assembled all of the bikes, and the firm is hosting a Giveaway Party on Wednesday, May 25 from 5 – 7 p.m. at the Gallivan Center, 239 Main Street, Salt Lake City. Rad Canyon BMX will be onsite with a FREE Adventure Zone where children can come test ride a Strider Bike. The Giveaway Party is open to the public.
Stoel Rives will be donating 50 of the bikes to the children and families at Lolie Eccles Early Education Center: Childcare, Preschool & Kindergarten, part of YWCA Utah, and another 50 to the Wasatch Christian Early Learning Center. In addition, 20 Strider Bikes will be given away to the public at the May 25 Giveaway Party.
“Stoel Rives is happy to sponsor the Strider event because we believe in the numerous benefits that stem from getting kids on bikes at an early age,” said Reed Topham, Partner at Stoel Rives. “In addition to the obvious physical benefits, cycling contributes to improved mental health through interaction with family, friends, and the outdoor environment. We believe these benefits are increasingly important in a world that encourages young people to spend more and more time isolated in a virtual world through electronic devices.”
“Cycling is also an important form of active transportation, which benefits our community by reducing traffic congestion and air pollution,” added David "D.J." Williams, Partner at Stoel Rives. “We believe that an early introduction to cycling will lead to lifelong ridership.”
After the May 25 Giveaway Party, local toddlers can practice their skills to race in the Salt Lake City Strider Cup race on June 25. The Salt Lake City Race is the second of three events in the 2016 Strider Cup, a national Strider Bike racing series for toddlers and children. These family-friendly races for the tiniest competitors give small children a chance to put their Strider Balance Bike skills to the test. The Strider Cup Race is returning to Salt Lake City after an exciting race last year at Pioneer Park. Photos and a video from last year are on the 2015 Strider Cup Salt Lake City page.
“My three-year-old daughter, Meg, rode a Strider Bike last summer and had a lot of fun,” said Loren Hulse, Intellectual Property Attorney at Stoel Rives. “This spring she sat on a pedal bike for the first time and was off and riding independently within minutes!”
The June 25 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/saltlakecity.
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, http://www.striderbikes.com/events has more information on all of the races.
ABOUT STOEL RIVES LLP:
Stoel Rives is a business law firm providing corporate and litigation services to clients in the Energy & Infrastructure, Agribusiness, Food & Beverage, Manufacturing & Consumer Products, Technology, Life Sciences, Healthcare, Government & Public Agencies and Natural Resources industries throughout the United States. The firm has nearly 400 attorneys operating out of 11 offices in seven states and the District of Columbia. Stoel Rives is a leader in corporate, energy, environmental, intellectual property, labor and employment, land use and construction, litigation, natural resources, project development and real estate law. For more information visit www.stoel.com.
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.
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
Special guest post from Danie Koskan - Runner/Strider Mom extraordinaire!
I'm 36 now, but started running in high school. I was the girl who always finished near the back of the pack during cross country meets, but I was dedicated to the sport. I loved it then, and I love it now. One of my goals before I finished college was to run a marathon. It was so awful and wonderful at the same time that I kept running them into my post-college and professional life. These days I run half marathons. Sprinting to keep up with my kids on their bikes for a few miles has turned out to be a great way to train. When my boys grow up, I'll return to longer distances, but I'm not willing to sacrifice these fleeting moments with them to spend hours and hours training.
I have three boys; Lincoln, Reagan and Thatcher. The 10.4-mile Heart of the Hills race is a tradition in our family because it goes right past our driveway. Last summer Reagan biked the whole way, and Thatcher joined me the last three miles on his pedal bike. Two summers before, I'd just had Lincoln. He was younger than two weeks old, so I wasn't quite in running shape. But I promised Reagan he could ride the last three miles of the course on his bike for tradition's sake (the 7-mile marker is near our mailbox). So Reagan took off, but so did Thatcher -- on his Strider. He was 2.5 years old at the time, so I couldn't very well just let him go by himself. And I was pretty sure he would run out of the steam, but he didn't. He booked it all the way to the finish line. And I sprinted after him the entire 5K.
Six months later, he was riding a pedal bike like nobody's business. Seriously, these bikes are amazing. My boys are in such great shape. Fitness is something we've achieved and maintained together. As soon as they transitioned from the Strider, they kept riding alongside me. Or more truthfully put, increasingly farther ahead of me.
Running with your two-wheeled kid (or in my case, kids) probably isn't every running parent's idea of a good time. There are potty breaks, snack breaks, untied shoe breaks, look-mom-there's-a-bug-on-the-side-of-the-road breaks. Running with my boys has literally forced me to slow down and breathe all this wonder in, to notice what I didn't see before in my haste to get from Point A to Point B. And the really cool thing? Thanks to all this stopping and starting and sprinting to keep up, I've become a faster and stronger runner. But more importantly, I get to model to my kids what it means to be fit and have fun. And it started with a Strider.
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.
Strider Adventure Zones Teach Toddlers How To Ride On Two Wheels
Rapid City, South Dakota (March 21, 2016) — Strider Sports International, Inc., the world’s premier manufacturer and marketer of children’s no-pedal balance bikes, invites you and your family out to motorcycle tracks around the country for exciting racing and toddler-friendly activities at the 2016 MotoAmerica AMA/FIM North American Road Racing Championship. Starting April 15 and continuing through the fall, Strider Bikes will be on-site in the Strider Adventure Zone at the tracks at Road Atlanta, New Jersey Motorsports Park, Virginia International Raceway, Road America, Barber Motorsports Park, and at Utah Motorsports Campus. Visit the Strider Events Calendar for more information.
Bring the family to the track on Saturday (8 a.m.-5 p.m.) or Sunday (8 a.m.-5 p.m.) and look for the Strider Adventure Zone, where children as young as 18 months to kids five years old can test ride a Strider Bike for free to discover that feeling of pure joy and freedom that happens when you ride off on two wheels. Children ages 16 and under are free.
Strider Adventure Zones are safe and friendly environments that encourage kids of all abilities from 18 months to 5 years old to test ride Strider Bikes and play with other kids, all while improving and developing fundamental bike handling skills in a custom-designed area complete with ramps and pennants. This safe and friendly environment encourages kids to explore mobility on two wheels, boost their confidence as they learn new abilities, and experience the challenge and thrill of riding Strider Bikes on unique terrains and obstacles.
MotoAmerica is a professional motorcycle road racing series sanctioned by the AMA and FIM and supported by Dorna. The primary goal of MotoAmerica is to reinvigorate motorcycle racing in North America, reintroducing the most exhilarating motorsport in history to fans while grooming a new generation of American and international racers for the world stage. MotoAmerica works with tracks, teams, sponsors, OEMs, and promoters to tell the stories of the racers, the engineers, and the dreamers who strive to go further and faster. Don’t miss this opportunity to be a part of the fastest, safest, and easiest way to introduce children to the world of riding on two wheels.