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Ready...Set...Stride! The STRIDER racers were small in number, but huge in skill, speed and enthusiasm! Check out the photos and post some of your own at Strider Life

We'll see you this weekend at the US Open Nationals in Chula Vista, CA! It's going to be an amazing event with Olympic BMX Riders all over!

4 Year Old STRIDER
1 Pierce Gansen - Menasha, WI
2 Marley Salisbury - Cedar Springsm MI
3 Bodin Sims

3 Year Old STRIDER
1 Matthew Jahnke - North Prairie, WI
2 Chase Miller - White Lake, MI
3 Payton Robinson - Findlay, OH
4 Logan Gil

2 & under STRIDER
1 Brandt Ammon - Union, KY
2 Berkley Shay - CT

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Published in Strider Racing

We know there are a lot of STRIDER Riders in the Sarasota, FL area!

This Saturday is the Grand Opening of the amazing new playground at Payne Park in Sarasota in conjunction with Sarasota Sports Festival! STRIDER has been asked to be a part of the festivities. Bring your STRIDER down or test ride one!

Join us at 9am for a STRIDER Bike parade and then continue the fun in the STRIDER Adventure Zone until 3pm! It should be a really great time with activities for the entire family. Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey is sending down some  clowns too...what more could you want?

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Published in Strider Events

Starting today Friday (6/8) and running through Sunday (6/10) is the Lyons Outdoor Games in beautiful Lyons, Colorado! If you are in the vicinity (Just west of Longmont, a short hop north of Boulder, and a bit south of Estes Park) and you love all things outdoors then this is the place to be this weekend. There are events for everybody (even the dog) in the family including a STRIDER Adventure Zone and STRIDER Rider Clinic.

Get out there and have some fun with other STRIDER families, be inspired by the "big kids", and celebrate the outdoor lifestyle.

Tell them STRIDER sent you!

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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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Strider Adventure Zones Give Even the Smallest Fans the Chance to Take the Checkered Flag

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Rapid City, South Dakota (May 22, 2012) - Strider Sports International, the world’s premier manufacturer and marketer of balance bikes, and developer of the patented STRIDER™ No-Pedal Balance Bike, will host three STRIDER Adventure Zones as part of a week-long celebration of the 96th Running of the Indianapolis 500 mile race. Admission to the STRIDER® Adventure Zone is free with paid admission to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Held in the East Museum lot at the world famous Indianapolis Motor Speedway, these free events allow children aged 18-months to four years open riding time, time to socialize with peers, play and practice tricks, and generally have fun while riding the STRIDER™ No-Pedal Balance Bike. Safe, family-friendly environments, Strider Adventure Zones are custom-built, cordoned off courses featuring a variety of terrain and obstacles that encourage children to explore the world on two wheels while developing balance, control, motor skills and confidence in even the youngest riders.

“At Strider Sports we are committed to supporting a fun, healthy, safe and fit lifestyle through bicycling,” says Ryan McFarland, founder and CEO of Strider Sports. “There is nothing quite like seeing a child overflow with confidence and self-esteem when they realize ‘I did it!’ In that moment you know they’ve found a love of cycling that will keep them fit and healthy for years to come.”

Strider Adventure Zones at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway will take place on the following schedule:

• Wednesday, May 23 as part of the “500 Festival community Day at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway”

o 9am – 5pm

• Saturday, May 26 as part of the “Legends Day Celebration”

o 9am – 6pm

• Sunday, May 27 concurrent with the “96th Running of the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race”
o 5:30am – Noon

The UnitedHealthcare Children’s Foundation, Strider’s partner in these events, 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.

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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 by Ryan McFarland 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, lightweight and simplicity combine to eliminate any fear of riding and instill confidence in young new riders. The patented STRIDER™ No-Pedal Bike is now distributed in over 35 countries. To learn more and to find a retailer in your area, visit http://www.StriderBikes.com.

About Strider™ No-Pedal Bikes
If your toddler can walk, your toddler can ride a STRIDER™. STRIDER No-Pedal Balance Bikes were developed specifically to help toddlers and young children learn balance and coordination BEFORE pedaling. The simple, no-pedal design allows toddlers to learn to ride on two wheels, avoiding tricycle tip-overs and training wheel wobbles, and instilling considerable confidence and stellar bike handling skills sure to last a lifetime.  Strider No-Pedal Balance Bikes encourage the development of spatial awareness, balance and basic motor skills so that all children can reach their maximum riding potential faster, better and safer. Available at http://www.StriderBikes.com.

Published in Strider Adventure Zone

STRIDER SPORTS INTERNATIONAL DONATES

100 “NO-PEDAL” BIKES TO

CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL LOS ANGELES

AS PART OF THE LOCAL “LEGACY” CREATED BY THE UPCOMING AMGEN TOUR OF CALIFORNIA RACE

BIKES DONATED ALLOW TODDLERS AND YOUNG CHILDREN TO LEARN TO RIDE A BICYCLE AT AN EARLY AGE

Los Angeles, Ca (May 8, 2012) Yesterday morning, Strider Sports International, Inc., which designs specifically-engineered, no-pedal bikes that encourage toddlers and young children to ride, learn and explore the world on two wheels at a very early age, donated 100 “No-Pedal Bikes” to Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.  The donation to local-based organizations (such as Children’s Hospital Los Angeles) is part of Strider Sports’ sponsorship commitment to the Amgen Tour of California to serve communities that host the upcoming road cycling race.

Several patients from Children’s Hospital Los Angeles were on-hand to receive and try out the Strider “No-Pedal Bikes” with special instructions provided by two-time U.S. Olympian and track cycling coach, Adam Duvendeck, as well as former professional BMX rider, Greg Hill.

"We are so proud to be part of Amgen's California bike tour, and to have this opportunity to donate Strider bikes to Children's Hospital Los Angeles. Strider no-pedal balance bikes make it possible for all children to realize their bike riding potential,” says Ryan McFarland, Founder and Chief Enthusiast of Strider Sports Intl., Inc.  “There is nothing more satisfying to us than to see smiles of confidence beam from Strider riders when they realize they are riding on two wheels. We are committed to developing future riders and look forward to this year’s Amgen Tour of California,” commented McFarland.

"We are thrilled that Strider Sports International has generously donated “No-Pedal Bikes” to Children's Hospital Los Angeles. The unique design of the Strider bike allows our diverse patient population to ride at an early age," said Rodney B. Hanners, Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at Children's Hospital Los Angeles.  "The young toddlers that received the bikes today were very appreciative and excited to begin exploring the world around them. We are proud to be a part of Amgen Tour of California and are extremely thankful to Strider Sports International, and to AEG, our corporate partner for introducing us to them."

“Through the generous support of many of our Amgen Tour of California sponsors, we have the opportunity to not only introduce the great sport of cycling to residents of California as well as the millions who watch our race on television, but to also give back to communities throughout the state like we are doing today,” said Kristin Bachochin, Executive Director, Amgen Tour of California and Senior Vice President, AEG Sports. “The donation made today by Strider Sports will both help children learn the joy of cycling at an early age and, more importantly, be part of the great care and rehabilitation that Children’s Hospital Los Angeles provides to their patients on a daily basis.”

An additional component of Strider Sports International’s sponsorship of the upcoming Amgen Tour of California cycling race is the creation of Strider Adventure Zones that will be featured as part of the popular Lifestyle Festivals at the finish lines at each stage of the eight-day race which kicks off Sunday May 13th in Santa Rosa, CA. Strider Adventure Zones provide young children the opportunity to play, learn, and socialize with peers while riding on two wheels. In addition, kids will have an opportunity to race on a specially-designed course at the race’s Final Stage at L.A. LIVE in Los Angeles on May 20th. The races and other activities planned for the Strider Adventure Zones are the perfect way to fuel a child’s budding passion for cycling and to help teach sportsmanship and camaraderie with fellow riders.

The Amgen Tour of California is an eight-day event, featuring elite professional teams and athletes from around the world. The 16 world-class teams chosen to participate in the 2012 race will include Olympic hopefuls and Tour de France contenders representing more than 20 countries, giving fans around the world a preview of what is to come this July in both France and London.

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About Strider Sports International, Inc.

Strider Sports Int’l, Inc. designs efficient, no-pedal balance bikes that encourage toddlers to ride, learn, and explore the world on two wheels. Founded 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 simplicity combine to eliminate any fear of riding and instill confidence in young new riders. The patented Strider™ No-Pedal Bike is now distributed in over 35 countries. For more information, visit http://www.StriderSports.com.

About Strider™ No-Pedal Bikes

The STRIDER™ No-Pedal Bikes were developed specifically to help toddlers and young children learn balance and coordination BEFORE pedaling. The same simple, no-pedal design that allows toddlers to learn to ride on two wheels, avoiding tricycle tip-overs and training wheel wobbles, also allows older children (up to 44” tall and 60 pounds) with special needs, physical or intellectual disabilities to successfully operate a bike alongside able-bodied friends and family.  STRIDER bikes encourage the development of spatial awareness, balance and basic motor skills so that all children can reach their maximum riding potential faster, better and safer. Available at http://www.StriderSports.com.

About Children’s Hospital Los Angeles

Children's Hospital Los Angeles has been named the best children’s hospital in California and among the best in the nation for clinical excellence with its selection to the prestigious US News & World Report Honor Roll.  Children’s Hospital is home to The Saban Research Institute, one of the largest and most productive pediatric research facilities in the United States. Children’s Hospitsl is also one of America's premier teaching hospitals through its affiliation since 1932 with the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California.

For more information, visit www.CHLA.org. Follow us on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and LinkedIn, or visit our blog: www.WeAreChildrens.org.

About the Amgen Tour of California

The largest cycling event in America, the 2012 Amgen Tour of California is a Tour de France-style cycling road race, presented by AEG that challenges the world's top professional cycling teams to compete along a demanding course from May 13-20, 2012. In a 2011 poll conducted by CyclingNews.com, the Amgen Tour of California was voted the number one race in America and fourth best race in the world. For more information, visit http://www.amgentourofcalifornia.com.

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Published in Adventure Striding

The sun finally came out in sunny California!

It was another great day of STRIDER Adventure Zone fun in sunny Santa Cruz. We always love to hear from the kids and parents who are already riding their STRIDER Bikes....today we had a lot of them. The local shop (Epicenter Cycling) is selling them and they have a pump track right in the shops backyard!

Santa Cruz is steeped in bike culture: Bike Lanes everywhere, families riding cruisers with their skim boards under their arms and piles of bikes locked up at all the local restaurants. What a great city to be a STRIDER Rider! Thanks for coming out to ride Santa Cruz.

See you on Tuesday Livermore!

Published in Adventure Striding

The STRIDER Adventure Zone Tour of California has begun in Santa Rosa! We will be sharing reports and photos from the road all week as we travel with the Amgen Tour of California.

It is always fun to be around so many people who are all focused on biking! We've seen Mountain Bikes, Road Bikes, Beach Cruisers and Commuters...the best part is that they all seem to get that balance is so important in the learning process.

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We're headed to Santa Cruz County for some Monday STRIDER fun! If you're in the area or know some families with toddlers in the area make sure to let them know we'll be at the Finish festival!  Stride On!

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Published in Our Passionate Staff

Strider World Cup Racers - Mar 26, 2012 -

Greg Hill, five-time BMX World Champion, has given his official endorsement for Strider Bikes, calling them “the most effective way for aspiring bike riders to develop basic riding skills”.

Greg Hill is an old-school professional bicycle motocross (BMX) racer whose prime competitive years were 1977 to 1989. He retired from the competitive top-level pro circuit after the 1998 season. Hill took his racing mentality to a number of business ventures, including motivational and how-to instructional books and videos. Additionally, he started a BMX bicycle company, Greg Hill Products (GHP), during the 1980s. The company is currently thriving as Greg teaches clinics around the world instructing children how to race.

The BMX legend continues about Strider No-Pedal PRE-Bikes, their ease of use, and impact on the sport of BMX Racing, "When it comes to products for developing basic bike riding skills, there is nothing quite like the Strider balance bike. These bikes are so light and easy for kids to ride — they’re just awesome! I witnessed the positive results firsthand when we picked up a few Striders for our grandkids. We put them together easily and let them hop on. At first they were just riding around our driveway, then the magic happened! I looked out the window at the miniature BMX track in my backyard the next morning and couldn’t believe what I was seeing. The kids were actually making full laps on their Striders that they could not do on their other bikes.”

According to Greg, his grandchildren used to watch him ride and would simply push their bigger bikes around the track, as they were unable to ride the larger, heavier bikes on the challenging terrain.  With the Strider bikes, both kids were riding laps. “They were so happy! I knew these Strider balance bikes were good, but witnessing my own grandkids riding them...wow! That really was the best form of advertisement anyone could ever see."

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Greg is currently travelling around the country to USA BMX National races to help with the Strider World Cup races being run on Saturday morning of each event. The young riders are thrilled to get to race on a portion of the same track where their heroes will race minutes later.

“This is one of the most exciting products to happen to BMX. It’s rejuvenating the sport and ensuring that the sport continues long into the future. I am just amazed at the world of opportunity for these Strider Bikes. If they can have this kind of an impact on BMX, imagine what it can do for youngsters all over the world!”

 

Published in Press Releases
Sunday, 25 March 2012 12:09

STRIDER Adventure Zone Is Fun For All!

STRIDER® Adventure Zone events are sweeping the nation and encouraging new two-wheeled riders at every stop.

A STRIDERAdventure Zone is a safe and friendly environment that encourages kids 18 months to 5 years old to explore mobility on two wheels and experience the challenge and thrill of riding on unique terrain and obstacles. The Adventure Zone course can be set up in as small as a 15’ x 30’ area, inside or outside, and on almost any terrain.

From the Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix in Laguna Seca, CA, every Finish festival during both the Amgen Tour of California and the USA Pro Cycling Challenge, as well as Every USA BMX Nationals will all include an Adventure Zone! They are a great draw for young families and add something for the younger kids to do at almost any event. Toddlers love the mobility, freedom and fun the Adventure Zone offers, and parents love watching happy children and fun activities that keep them occupied.

If you have an event coming up in your area and want to look into a STRIDER Adventure Zone, give us a call (605)342-0266!

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