Wow – that was one windy and hot afternoon in Lincoln, but none of that seemed to bother the 160+ racers. Little legs battled the wind and strode over, through and around various obstacles – including our cool mister, once that heat and humidity kicked in. We all learned that “turn here” to a toddler means they just might turn around and go back. And we also watched several toddlers jump the tire obstacles, rather than ride around them. We ended up with just over 170 registered racers, and it was wonderful to see several returning racers from 2016. 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 Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers, for the wonderful support, lemonade and water. A big thanks also to SCHEELS for the Free Strider Adventure Zone and to Keller Williams, Black Hills Energy, Lincoln Children’s Museum, and FedEx. Thanks also to the Lincoln Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, as well as the City of Lincoln for their support! We had a fantastic time in Tower Square of Lincoln, Nebraska, and loved hearing the stories you shared about your child’s experience with their Strider bike. Thank you for the hospitality and hope to see you in Salt Lake City!
Below are the results from each race class:
2 and under Class - TOTAL RIDERS = 49
- 1#117 Rhett Elkins - Lincoln, NE
- 2#133 Ellie Larson - Kearney, NE
- 3#142 Maxwell "Maxxx" Carney - Clif Carney
- 4#147 Lander Wirth - Gretna, NE
- 5#123 October "Tobey" Jenkins - Beatrice, NE
- 6#103 Ronan Flippin - Gretna, NE
- 7#145 Shea Jermain - Liberty, MO
- 8#105 August Schultz - Lincoln, NE
- 9#141 James Nekuda - Kearney, MO
- 10#114 Preston Dockhorn - Monroe, NE
- 11#104 William Crane - Minden, NE
- 12#110 Bentley Lantis - Omaha, NE
- 13#132 Emmett Irene - Lincoln, NE
- 14#119 Micah Brumm - Lincoln, NE
- 15#101 Lennon Nelson - Omaha, NE
- 16#111 Noah Andre - Kearney, NE
3 year old CLASS - TOTAL RIDERS = 51
- 1#101 Pasha Ali - Trophy Club, TX
- 2#142 Cruz "Cruzy the Racer" Gallegos - Santa Fe, NM
- 3#116 Brady Pearson - Omaha, NE
- 4#144 Braysen Yingling - Topeka, KS
- 5#147 Jensyn Codr - Omaha, NE
- 6#120 Asher Huerta - Bellevue, NE
- 7#111 Paladin Knust - Blue Springs, MO
- 8#135 Cooper "Buttercup" McKinney - Gowrie, IA
- 9#126 Daniel "DJ" Applegate - Lincoln, NE
- 10#143 Kaleb Edwards - Palmyra, NE
- 11#115 Santiago Gonzalez - Clovis, NM
- 12#137 Jase Stark - Hickman, NE
- 13#149 Theo Plooster - Malcolm, NE
- 14#124 Easton Allen - Belton, MO
- 15#123 Henry Norton - Lincoln, NE
4 YEAR OLD CLASS - TOTAL RIDERS = 47
- 1#142 Drake "Silas" Franklin - Lincoln, NE
- 2#120 Keller Larson - Kearney, NE
- 3#103 Madden "Danger" Thulin - Topeka, KS
- 4#106 Colin Wettergel - Elkhorn, NE
- 5#105 Nash Edwards - Marysville, KS
- 6#135 Karter "Kar Kar" Gailey - Fort Dodge, IA
- 7#119 Liam Uhl - Mapleton, IA
- 8#131 Ayden Schmidt - Harrisburg, SD
- 9#136 Brecken Vetick - Genoa, NE
- 10#117 Preston Herbolsheimer - Lincoln, NE
- 11#111 Silas "Si" Hill - Leon, IA
- 12#104 Monroe Nelson - Omaha, NE
- 13#144 Madelyn Sherman - Lincoln, NE
- 14#122 Eldyn DeFreece - Cairo, NE
- 15#108 Gavin "Ninja Fast" Berg - New Hope, MN
- 16#133 Harlynn Frerichs - Bennington, NE
5 AND UNDER CLASS - TOTAL RIDERS = 9
- 1#106 Brecken Yingling - Topeka, KS
- 2#101 Maddox Van Dyk - Sioux Falls, SD
- 3#105 Brennan Klug - Gretna, NE
- 4#108 Ethan Reiman - Lincoln, NE
- 5#104 Bailey Wiliams - Beaver City, NE
- 6#103 Cade Gentrup - Lincoln, NE
- 7#107 Zack "Bubba" James - Lincoln, NE
- 8#102 Logan Brehm - Lincoln, NE
Special Needs CLASS - TOTAL RIDERS = 11
- 1#177 Andy Brockmeier (12" Strider) - Lincoln, NE
- 1#176 Robert Michael (20" Strider) - Lincoln, NE
- 2#178 DJ Steiner (16" Strider) - Lincoln, NE
- 3#185 Rylan Widga (12" Strider) - Lincoln, NE
- 4#184 Moses Stevenson (16" Strider) - Lincoln, NE
- 5#182 Patricia Palafox-Huber (20" Strider) - Lincoln, NE
- 6#175 Haley Aernie (20" Strider) - Lincoln, NE
- 7#180 Noel Canaan (16" Strider) - Lincoln,NE
2016 Strider Cup Series features family-friendly activities
Rapid City, SD (May 17, 2016) — Strider Bikes, the world’s leading manufacturer and marketer of children’s no-pedal balance bikes, is kicking off its 2016 Strider Cup Series with the Strider Cup Race presented by Raising Cane's on June 11 in Lincoln, Nebraska. Many of the registered toddlers are from Lincoln, Omaha and the surrounding area, however racers from around the country are making the trek to vie for a podium finish, including toddlers from Florida, Wisconsin and Ontario, Canada.
The June 11 race in Lincoln is the first of three events in the national Strider Cup racing series for toddlers and children. These family-friendly races are for the tiniest competitors and will give small children a chance to put their Strider Balance Bike skills to the test. The event includes races for 2-, 3-, 4- and 5-year-olds. Registration fee is $25 onlinebefore June 8 or $35 on-site. Racers will receive a Strider jersey, 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/lincoln.
A typical Strider race scene features hundreds of excited and proud young parents and grandparents eagerly encouraging their young racers while ringing bright yellow 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 immediately following their main race, where they will receive either a trophy or a medal and pose for the cheering crowd.
On April 17, the Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers® franchise in Lincoln, Nebraska, teamed up with Strider to give away 120 Strider Bikes to local youth, including over 50 bikes to the children and families at the Montessori School for Young Children in Lincoln. Several of those recipients are expected to participate in the June 11 Strider Cup Race.
The Strider Cup events also include races for athletes with special needs in conjunction with the Special Olympics program in each city. In Lincoln, 24 Special Olympics athletes received Strider Bikes and are learning to ride for the June 11 race. These athletes will race the 12” models, as well as Strider’s new, 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.
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.
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 Raising Cane’s & Southern Hospitality Ventures
The Lincoln and Grand Island franchise—Southern Hospitality Ventures—was opened in 2006 by Justin and Jennifer Jones, who moved to Nebraska from Baton Rouge, LA. Since opening their first location, they have set out to make a change in their restaurants’ communities by becoming leaders and supporting programs and opportunities such as this one. Since opening in 2006, the Lincoln franchise has given back over $1 million to the Lincoln community.
Raising Cane’s has ONE LOVE®— quality chicken finger meals —and focuses its menu offering on fresh, made-to-order chicken fingers paired with their homemade Cane’s Sauce, grilled Texas toast, creamy coleslaw and crinkle-cut French fries. facebook.com/CanesNebraska, twitter.com/CanesLincoln, raisingcanes.com
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.