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A lot of you (parents of Strider riders) are avid outdoor enthusiasts; runners, bicyclists, or both. Sometimes just getting out and exercising is what's most needed.
Below is a guest blog entry from Tyler Klassen. He is a STRIDER dad, airline pilot, motorcycle rider, green egg bbq enthusiast, and all around cool guy. On May 16th he held the 2nd annual Riders for Striders charity motorcycle ride and purchased 41 STRIDER Bikes for kids at the Peyton Manning Children's Hospital....We've said it before and we'll say it again, STRIDER Parents are THE coolest!
More great images from the ride are below!
May 16, 2015 - Indianapolis, Indiana
The second annual Riders for Striders charity motorcycle ride took place on May 16th. The local Indianapolis 500 Qualification day was cancelled due to the rain, but Riders for Striders went on! A little rain wouldn't stop this tough group of charity riders! Registration opened at 9am and the rain showers had moved off, we had cloudy skies and temps in the lower 70s. Cycle Outfitters, our ride starting point host, set up a fantastic spread of free donuts and coffee. The threat of rain for the day didn't keep registered riders home. At the start of the ride we had 38 motorcycles. 34 Adventure Motorcyclists, and 4 Street Motorcyclists. I believe the forecast kept the street riders home, but everyone who was there had a great positive attitude and was ready to ride and raise some money to get the kids of Peyton Manning Children's Hospital some Strider Bikes!
We had two routes planned this year for the second annual ride, an Adventure Route (on road/off road) and a Street Route (pavement). We did our ride a little different than most charity rides. Instead of a parade or escorted ride, we had 10 ride leaders with the routes in their GPS. We paired up the riders into groups of 6-8 motorcycles. This way we can have riders paired up with their experience level. This also allows each group to ride at their own pace, stop where they want, and improved the overall safety of the ride.
We rode south out of Indianapolis, and headed towards Bloomington, Indiana. RevSport in Bloomington was our lunch stop destination. The ADV group had some creeks to cross, wonderful gravel roads through Yellowwood State Forest, and more gravel through the Lake Monroe area. One benefit of the less than ideal weather....the rain showers kept the gravel dust free!
I was fortunate enough to have my Dad, who flew in from Tucson, AZ for the ride, and my 5 year old son join me in my Ural sidecar rig! Pretty cool to have three generations riding in one machine through the gravel and creeks!
The group met up at RevSport for a donation lunch. Moody's Butcher Shop in Center Grove, Indiana donated 40lbs of pork for the lunch!
Just after lunch the rain started to pour! All riders kept a positive attitude, zipped up their rain gear and headed back out for the north bound portion on the ride. I was very impressed with all the riders maintaining a positive attitude and just carrying on with the ride like it wasn't raining! Good waterproof gear really helps too!
The adventure group hit a snag on the north bound route inside of the Hoosier Nation Forest. A tree had fallen across the road. Now, most riders might let this obstacle ruin their ride, but not this ADV group! The ADV groups just worked together, and since they were riding off road bikes, went around the tree. Some even said going around the tree made the ride even more fun!
The north bound portion of both routes ended at Taxman Brewing Company in Bargersville, Indiana. Taxman was a fantastic host! They opened up their upstairs area just for the riders. It was nice to get out of the rain and everyone enjoyed chatting about the ride. Our total ride distance was 155 miles round trip.
We raised enough money to purchase 41 additional Striders for the kids of Peyton Manning Children's Hospital. Planning for next year's ride has already begun! We are hoping for better weather next year, but I was very impressed with this year's turn out!
Organizer and Founder of Riders for Striders
Rapid City, South Dakota (May 30, 2012) – Strider Sports International, the world’s premier manufacturer and marketer of children’s no-pedal balance bikes for toddlers learning to ride, has announced a charitable partnership with the UnitedHealthcare Children’s Foundation (UHCCF). Strider Sports International is donating 500 bikes to UHCCF throughout 2012 to be distributed to children at various UHCCF fundraising events and to raise funds for its child medical grant program. In addition, Strider Sports will donate a percentage of bike sales throughout the year to UHCCF.
The UnitedHealthcare Children’s Foundation provides medical grants, up to $5,000, to help families pay for children’s health care treatments, services or equipment not covered, or not fully covered, by a commercial health insurance plan. In 2011, UHCCF awarded more than 1,200 grants to families across the United States for treatments associated with medical conditions such as cancer, spina bifida, muscular dystrophy, diabetes, hearing loss, autism, cystic fibrosis, Down syndrome, ADHD and cerebral palsy. Eligible families can apply for a grant online at www.uhccf.org.
“We’re thrilled to partner with the UnitedHealthcare Children’s Foundation,” said Ryan McFarland, chief executive officer of Strider Sports International. “And one thing that we share is our passion for happy and healthy kids. At Strider, we love riding bikes and seeing little kids light up with excitement when they get that first taste of the freedom, confidence, and thirst for adventure that comes from that first successful bike experience.”
“We thank Strider Sports for its generous donation of bikes and funding, and for selecting UHCCF as a charitable partner,” said Matt Peterson, president of the UnitedHealthcare Children’s Foundation. “Our two organizations share a passion for improving the health of children, and Strider Sports will help us provide additional medical grants to children in need.”
As part of this partnership, Strider Sports International and the UnitedHealthcare Children’s Foundation will work together throughout the year at a variety of professional sporting events where Strider will host its world-renown, child-friendly “Adventure Zones.” Strider “Adventure Zones” provide an opportunity for children as young as 18 months to ride a Strider bike on different terrains, navigate a number of obstacles, improve bike-handling skills, and socialize with other children. UnitedHealthcare Children’s Foundation volunteers will work with children at the “Adventure Zones” to help create a fun, safe environment.
About Strider Sports International, Inc.
Strider Sports International, Inc. designs efficient, no-pedal balance bikes that encourage Toddlers to ride, learn, and explore the world on two wheels. Founded in Rapid City, South Dakota in January 2007, Strider Sports is a company full of passionate riders of dirt, mountain, street, and road bikes. The goal of Strider Sports is to simplify a bike to its essence, so that proper size, light weight and ease-of-use combine to eliminate any fear of riding; instilling confidence in young new riders. The patented Strider™ No-Pedal Balance Bike is now distributed in over 35 countries. To learn more and to find Strider No-Pedal Balance Bikes in your area, visit www.StriderBikes.com
About UnitedHealthcare Children’s Foundation
The UnitedHealthcare Children’s Foundation (UHCCF) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) public charity that strives to enhance either the clinical condition or quality of life of children who have health care needs not fully covered by their commercial health benefit plan. UHCCF provides medical grants of up to $5,000 for costs associated with medical services and equipment. UHCCF’s funding is provided by contributions from individuals, corporations and UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH) employees. Donations to help provide assistance are deeply appreciated. To apply, donate or learn more, please visit www.uhccf.org.
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