What a GREAT day of Strider Cup racing in Spokane's Riverfront Park! We were a little nervous when we woke up to clouds and a light rain, but the skies cleared and little legs strode over, through and around various obstacles. We ended up with 188 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. 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, Toyota, for the wonderful support. It could not have been as amazing without you!

Speaking for the staff of Strider (and all of the amazing volunteers) we had a wonderful time in Spokane exploring the city and the beautiful Riverfront Park, but most of all enjoyed race day along with the enthusiasm and stories that surrounded the Strider experience of the racers.

We've got some great photos posted on our Flickr page. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to catch all the latest Strider Happenings!

News Coverage: The Spokesman-Review, KHQ, KXLY 920

Below are the results from each race class: 


2 and under Class - TOTAL RIDERS = 63

  • 1#221 Reid Jordan - Kennewick, WA
  • 2#202 Ryan "Flyin' Ryan" Taylor - Calgary, AB, Canada
  • 3#226 Eli Gwinn - Otis Orchards, WA
  • 4#214 Beckett Cook - Spokane Valley, WA
  • 5#201 William "Will" Stuart - Spokane, WA
  • 6#203 Zane Scholes - Post Falls, ID
  • 7#223 Colton "Bird" John - Post Falls, ID
  • 8#256 Connor Runnion - Moses Lake, WA
  • 9#241 Connor Mabbott - Spokane, WA


3 year old CLASS - TOTAL RIDERS = 63

  • 1#329 Reese Keyser - Kalispell, MT
  • 2#345 Ryder Meyer - Spokane, WA
  • 3#302 Alexander "AJ" Rodriguez - Spokane, WA
  • 4#332 Lorenzo Hewitt - Spokane, WA
  • 5#320 Braydin "B-Dog" Gaines - Spokane, WA
  • 6#307 Nikko Nuxoll - Lewiston, ID
  • 7#310 Emmet Zvekan - Seattle, WA
  • 8#357 Noah Everson - Polson, MT
  • 9#306 Gabe Mazzuca - Coeur d'Alene, ID



  • 1#434 London "Lando" Ellenwood - Polson, MT
  • 2#422 Gauge Butler - Happy Valley, OR
  • 3#435 Emmett Clemenhagen - Kendrick, ID
  • 4#405 Rylie Prussack - Post Falls, ID
  • 5#407 Rad Rieth - Cheney, WA
  • 6#402 Tomota Brodsky - Spokane, WA
  • 7#419 Karson Wise - Spokane Valley, WA
  • 8#404 Matthew "MJ" Orlob - Spokane, WA



  • 1#513 Grady Caudill - Blanchard, ID
  • 2#507 Ateden Koplin - West Bountiful, UT
  • 3#506 Atticus Krenz - Spokane Valley, WA
  • 4#503 Jamseon Holleran - Cheney, WA
  • 5#501 Haakon Nies - Bozeman, MT
  • 6#512 Sawyer Haggerty - Liberty Lake, WA
  • 7#511 Cohen Burke - Spokane Valley, WA
  • 8#510 Adah Schur - Kennewick, WA
  • 9#508 Bergen Gates - Spokane, WA
  • 10#509 Kari Legg - Lewiston, ID


SPECIAL NEEDS 8 and up (Group 1) - Total Riders = 5

  • 1#902 Johanna Schuele-Van Aken(9) - Medical Lake, WA
  • 2#904 Kaden Pinyo(11) - Spokane, WA
  • 3#908 Morgan Reel(13) - Spokane, WA
  • 4#906 Kenner Clark(10) - Spokane, WA
  • 5#901 Payton Pearce(9) - Spokane Valley, WA


SPECIAL NEEDS 8 and up (Group 2) - Total Riders = 5

  • 1#903 Abigail Gacusana(11) - Spokane, WA
  • 2#907 Hailey Borbridge-Dishneau(14) - Spokane Valley, WA
  • 3#905 Nathanial Contreras(8) - Cheney, WA
  • 4#909 Andrew Roy(10) - Spokane, WA
  • 5#910 Benjamin Mueller(10) - Spokane, WA


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Spokefest®, Mountain Gear®, and Strider®Donating 120 Bikes at June 4 Giveaway Party

Spokane parents encouraged to submit applications for balance bikes by May 27

Rapid City, SD (May 12, 2016) — SpokeFest Association and Mountain Gear are joining forces with Strider Bikes, the world’s leading manufacturer and marketer of children’s no-pedal balance bikes, to give away 120 Strider Bikes to Spokane County youth ages 18 months to 5 years old.

Mountain Gear will host a Giveaway Party on Saturday, June 4, from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. at their retail location, 2002 N Division, Spokane, WA. The Giveaway Party is free, open to the public and refreshments will be provided. Kids can test ride a Strider Bike at the Adventure Zone, where helmets will be available.

Of the 120 Strider Bikes, 90 will go to the children and families who submit applications by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with ideas of what their children will do with the bikes. The deadline for submissions is May 27, and winners will be notified via email by June 1. Children must be between 18 months to 5 years old, live in Spokane County, WA, and be available to pick up the bike at the Giveaway Party on June 4.

At the Giveaway Party, 10 bikes will be donated through a random drawing. Another 10 bikes will go to children of employees, and then 10 bikes will be given away at the Spokefest Summer Parkways event on Tuesday, June 21. Mountain Gear and Bike Hub employees assembled all of the bikes.

After the June 4 Giveaway Party, local toddlers can practice their skills to race in the Spokane Strider Cup race on July 9. The Spokane Race is the last of three events in the 2016 Strider Cup, a national Strider Bike racing series for toddlers and children. It is the first time the Strider Cup has been hosted in Spokane. These family-friendly races for the tiniest competitors give small children a chance to put their Strider Balance Bike skills to the test.

The July 9 Strider Cup 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/spokane.

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.


Mountain Gear is a leading multi-channel outdoor sports retailer headquartered in Spokane Valley, Washington. Mountain Gear's catalog was first published in 1993 and is now considered an encyclopedic reference of climbing, mountaineering and backpacking gear. Mountain Gear's corporate headquarters and environmentally sustainable distribution center live in a newly renovated, 112,000-square-foot LEED Gold certified building in Spokane Valley. They regularly offer classes in climbing, kayaking, backcountry cooking, how to layer clothing and have helped thousands of people start amazing adventures and life-long hobbies. The company supports several charitable causes, including The Access Fund, as well as with Big City Mountaineers Summit for Someone, a program that gets at-risk urban youth into the outdoors. Learn more at www.mountaingear.com.



The SpokeFest Association is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization which promotes bicycling for health and transportation. We do this through education on bike safety at school-age and adult levels, as well as the following events: SpokeFest: Featuring our signature annual 21 mile ride with 9 mile and 50 mile options. SpokeFest was developed with the non-bicycle enthusiast in mind just as much as experienced cyclists. We welcome anyone interested in riding a bicycle and families going out on a group ride for the first time. http://www.spokefest.org/

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.

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SpokaneWillBlogWe have our first Strider Cup racer for the Spokane event on Saturday, July 9! Lyndsey Stuart signed up her 2-year-old son, Will. The little tyke got his STRIDER Bike on his first birthday and Lyndsey said he “mastered it by the time he turned 18 months old.”

Will loves his Strider Bike and tells everyone it's his "BMX race bike". His older brother, Drew (7) races BMX. Will attended practices with him last year, pretending to race with the big boys. Will is planning to race in the Strider class at the BMX track this spring. He should be in fine shape and able to navigate the fun Strider Cup obstacle course in July.

This is the first Strider Bike in the Stuart family. Drew and sibling Maggie (9) started on toddler ride on toys and tricycles before moving to bikes with training wheels.

“My older two got really frustrated with training wheels, they are loud and slow you down,” said Lyndsey. “We do a lot of trail riding, mountain biking and like to take our bikes camping with us. The training wheels just couldn't handle all that and it was very frustrating for everyone.”

She added that the Strider Bike has been a great improvement, “At just 18 months, this last summer, Will had no problem navigating and keeping up with the big kids. As a parent there seems to be a lot less ‘helping’ with the Strider Bike as well. He just gets on and goes.”

Strider looks forward to seeing Will and other racers at the Strider Cup in Spokane on July 9, and at the other two Strider Cup races this year; Lincoln, NE (June 11), and Salt Lake City, UT (June 25). The Strider Cup World Championship in San Francisco will be July 29-30, 2016. For more info and to check out all of the events, visit http://www.striderbikes.com/events.

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The third stop of the 2016 STRIDER Cup Series is Spokane, WA sponsored by Toyota on July 9th! 

Get your STRIDER Riders ready to race and meet us at Riverfront Park! 


Genuine STRIDER Bikes are the only balance bikes allowed to race.

Race Schedule:

Time Ages/Class
9:00am - 10:30am 2 and Under
10:30am - Noon 3 Year Olds
Noon - 12:30pm Lunch Break
12:30pm - 1:30pm Special Needs
1:30pm - 2:30pm 4 Year Olds
2:30pm - 3:30pm 5 Year Olds


Event Registration: Includes a Strider Jersey, Number Plate, and other goodies!

  • - Online pre-Registration is now closed. Please see "Early Packet Pick-Up and Early Registration" below.
  • - On-site registration will be available starting at 8:00am and ending 40 minutes prior to each race time - $35 (STRIDER jersey size and color subject to availability)
  • Only Strider® brand balance bikes are permitted to race. Full Strider Cup race rules HERE.
  • - Online registration closes July 5, 2016 at 9am MST

Special Needs Race Registration: Each stop on the 2015 STRIDER Championship Series will also include races for individuals with Special Needs toddler to adult! We are working with local Special Olympics groups to get kids involved, but the races are open to any STRIDER Rider with Special Needs. To register please send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Early Packet Pick-Up and Early Registration: Friday July 8th at Spoke'N Sport from 5pm - 7pm (212 North Division St). Early packet pick-up is not required, but highly recommended! Early packet pick-up will allow you to avoid lines on race day and will also give us a chance to fully explain what you can expect on race day. For example:


  • - Important times as related to your race class
  • - How the race heats and mains will work
  • - How the awards ceremony will flow

Early packet pick-up is also a great time to address any concerns that you might have with your racer's bike and answer any questions you might have. If you can't make it out Friday night make sure that you pick up your packet at least 40 minutes prior to your race time. 


Hotel Information:  If you are traveling to Spokane for the races we have reserved a block of rooms at the Davenport Grand Hotel just blocks from the race venue. Group rate available until June 16, 2016. Subject to availability.



Day of Race Parking:  Street (metered) parking on Spokane Falls Blvd which runs the entire length of Riverfront Park. Additional parking at River Park Square ($1 per half hour or $8 maximum daily rate)









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Strider Bikes Announces 2016 Strider Cup® Racing Series for Toddlers
Tiny STRIDER® Bike Riders to Compete on Custom-Designed Tracks

Rapid City, SD (January 19, 2016) —Strider Bikes, the world’s leading manufacturer and marketer of
children’s no-pedal balance bikes, is pleased to announce three locations confirmed in its 2016 Strider
Cup, a national STRIDER Bike racing series for toddlers and children. These family-friendly races for the
tiniest competitors will give small children a chance to put their STRIDER Balance Bike skills to the test at
several stops across the country this spring and summer, as well as the final worldwide event in July, the
Strider Cup World Championship event.

The unique Strider Cup race series caters directly to children between 2 and 5 years old who want to
show off their riding skills and compete in a friendly atmosphere against other STRIDER riders. Children
of all sizes and skill levels are welcome to participate. STRIDER No-Pedal Balance Bikes are developed
for both learning the ropes of riding and honing advanced skills in racing.

Strider Cup races confirmed so far in the following cities this year:
   - Saturday, June 11: Lincoln, NE, at the Railyard
   - Saturday, June 25: Salt Lake City, UT, at Pioneer Park
   - Saturday, July 9: Spokane, WA, at Riverfront Park

There will be races for 2 (and under), 3, 4, and 5 year olds at each event. Registration fee is $25 online or $35 onsite.
Racers will receive a Strider goodie bag valued at more than $50 with their registration. Preregistration
is open now; visit http://www.striderbikes.com/events for further information.

For the second year in a row, Strider will host races for athletes with special needs at each of the events.
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.

A typical Strider race scene features excited and proud young parents and grandparents eagerly
encouraging their young racers as bright yellow cowbells are rung and 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 from dirt mounds to 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 crowd of proud parents and spectators.

As one parent put it following the 2015 Strider race in Salt Lake City, UT, “My son loves his STRIDER
Bike and this event has given him a great way to race, go fast, and feel like a big kid without having to
navigate pedals.”

Participating in any of these events automatically qualifies the rider for the Strider Cup World
Championship. This series-ending race will be held July 29-30 at Pier 35 in San Francisco, California.
Please visit our website at http://www.striderbikes.com/events for more information.

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