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Over 270 STRIDER Riders came out for the 2015 STRIDER World Championship at Main Street Square in Rapid City, SD! The 5th annual race had participants from Canada, China, Ecuador, Japan, Slovakia, and all over the US. It's always fun to see international friendships rekindled as previous champions return to reclaim their title in the next age bracket. We also had a number of racers who had participated in one of the four 2015 STRIDER Championship Series races held in Florida, California, Pennsylvania, and Utah.

The weekend was full of family focused events and everyone had a great time despite high temperatures.

Friday night was a chance to get to know the lay out of the track and for last chance qualifiers. We capped Friday night off with the STRIDER Corporate Challenge! Eight local businesses had a blast racing the track in a relay. The best part? We raised $1,000 for Youth & Family Services and $1,000 for Black Hills Works.

Saturday was RACE DAY! Some riders were fast, some were slow, but smiles were out in abundance! It was another hot one and many of the racers took advantage of the water hazard for a quick (sometimes mid-race) cool-down! Abbey Road (a Beatles cover band) played in Main Street Square at 7pm. Many of the STRIDER Riders stayed to get rid of even more energy through some pretty amazing dancing skills.

Check out the social media links at the bottom of the page to make sure you don't miss the2016  STRIDER Championship Series dates and locations when they're announced! You should also head over to our Flickr Page to see some amazing photos of all the little racers:

Finallya huge shout out to all the families and STRIDER Riders that came out!

We also had a ton of support from some amazing sponsors: FedEx, Rapid City CVB, Scull Construction, Courtesy Subaru, Honey Stinger, Black Hills & Badlands, KIND Snacks, SCheels, Western Dakota Insurors, Ketel Thorstenson, Black Hills Power, Black Hills Urgent Care, Security First Bank, and Vast Broadband.

See you next year! 

Results

2 and under - TOTAL RIDERS = 65

  • 1#240 - Ryan Hauf - Rapid City, SD
  • 2#274 - Vance Singer - Rapid City, SD
  • 3#217 - Lucah Behnke - Rapid City, SD
  • 4#238 - Cashton Allen - Sioux Falls, SD 
  • 5#215 - Saaya Hino - Tokyo, Japan
  • 6#213 - "Madd" Maddox McKie - Rapid City, SD
  • 7#251 - Hudson Williamson - Black Hawk, SD
  • 8#228 - Ethan Simonton - Rapid City, SD

3 year olds - TOTAL RIDERS = 84

  • 1#302 - Waku Kunitate - Nisshin-Shi, Japan
  • 2#301 - Mason Murphy - Rapid City, SD
  • 3#380 - Gage Ritter - Rapid City, SD
  • 4#376 - Sam "Froggy" Hauk - Lead, SD
  • 5#374 - Vladimir "The Impaler" Lewis - Rapid City, SD
  • 6#324 - Shane "Green Ghost" Scott - Fontana, CA
  • 7#332 - Gunner Clinedinst - Apple Valley, CA
  • 8#322 - Jose Diaz - Riobamba, Ecuador
  • 9

    #315 - Maddox "Max" Van Dyk - Sioux Falls, SD

  • 10

    #386 - Damian "Dae Dae" Cury - Rapid City, SD

4 YEAR OLDS - TOTAL RIDERS = 54

  • 1#413 - Raisei Miyashita - Nagano, Japan
  • 2#402 - Liam Dixon - Rapid City, SD
  • 3#437 - Brayden Stephen - Rapid City, SD
  • 4#445 - Talon Saiz - Box Elder, SD
  • 5#419 - Ayeden Koplin - West Bountiful, UT
  • 6#415 - Marvin Cuny - Hermosa, SD
  • 7#409 - Landon Green - Rapid City, SD
  • 8#441 - Titan Ross - Summerset, SD

5 YEAR OLDS - TOTAL RIDERS = 38

  • 1#502 - Ryoichi Nakayama - Osaka, Japan
  • 2#512 - Rui "Louis" Takahashi - Tokyo, Japan
  • 3#503 - Danny "Pastrana" Villacis Barriovuevo - Puyo, Ecuador
  • 4#514 - Koki Hara - Kanagawa, Japan
  • 5#504 - Patrik Dinka - Trencin, Slovakia
  • 6#518 - Ryder Clinedinst - Apple Valley, CA
  • 7#534 - Sousuke Hino - Tokyo, Japan
  • 8#515 - Kaisei Shimizu - Aichi, Japan

special needs - TOTAL RIDERS = 33   Total Races = 5

Race 1

  • 1#904 - Timothy Hathaway - Rapid City, SD
  • 2#907 - Sara Mellegard - Rapid City, SD
  • 3#901 - Daniel Cousins - Box Elder, SD
  • 4#910 - Courtney Schreiber - Quinn, SD
  • 5#906 - Colette Long Wolfe - Rapid City, SD
  • 6#911 - Kjersten Slusser - Rapid City, SD
  • 7#908 - Renae Moller - Rapid City, SD

Race 2

  • 1#903 - Jeffrey Fuller - Rapid City, SD
  • 2#915 - Chardinai Duvall - Rapid City, SD
  • 3#913 - Cindy Rooney - Rapid City, SD
  • 4#916 - Aimee Johns - Ft. Pierre, SD
  • 5#914 - Ruth Reed - Rapid City, SD
  • 6#912 - Bob Tomahawk - Rapid City, SD
  • 7#909 - Twilia Otterstetter - Rapid City, SD

Race 3

  • 1#920 - Blaze Johnson - Rapid City, SD
  • 2#923 - Dale Landorf - Hot Springs, SD
  • 3#917 - Shannon Hammer - Rapid City, SD
  • 4#922 - Navaeh Smith - Peidmont, SD
  • 5#924 - Dakota Teel - Hot Springs, SD
  • 6#925 - Jessica Anderson - Rapid City, SD
  • 7#919 - Amy Fugate - Kadoka, SD

Race 4

  • 1#931 - Grady Leonard - Rapid City, SD
  • 2#929 - Ali Miles
  • 3#926 - Robert Nichols - Rapid City, SD
  • 4#927 - Bryce Olafson - Rapid City, SD
  • 5#930 - Rachel Lefberene
  • 6#928 - Austin Nichols

Race 5

  • 1#701 - David Drolc - Rapid City, SD
  • 2#703 - Jimmy Landorf - Hot Springs, SD
  • 3#601 - John Landorf - Hot Springs, SD
  • 4#801 - Kama Coyle - Walnut Creek, CA
  • 5#702 - Nathaniel Durrett - Hot Springs, SD
  • 6#921 - Harvey Gammill - Rapid City, SD

 

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We had over 100 STRIDER Bike riders at Pioneer Park in Salt Lake City! A huge thanks to everyone for coming out and sharing your Saturday morning with us. We had riders from all over Utah, and as far away as California and Georgia!

 

We've got some great photos posted on our Flickr page with more to come next week. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to catch all the latest STRIDER Happenings!

 

 

Below are the top 8 racers from each race class: 

 

2 and under Class - TOTAL RIDERS = 32

  • 1#234 Ryker Faddis - Riverton, Utah
  • 2#232 Mason Hunt - West Jordan, Utah
  • 3#236 Teagan "Teag" Steele - Price, Utah
  • 4#243 Kellen VanRoosendaal - Salt Lake City, Utah
  • 5#258 Colin VonLinger - Meridian, Idaho
  • 6#247 Hesston "Dusty Crop Hopper" McCulley - Beaver, Utah
  • 7#245 Likka "Bear" Stuart - Eden, Utah
  • 8#231 Triston "Tornado" Neilson - Vernal, Utah

 

3 year old CLASS - TOTAL RIDERS = 41

  • 1#333 Boston Nish - Draper, Utah
  • 2#355 Kort Barnes - Bountiful, Utah
  • 3#359 Alex Filipovic - Salt Lake City, Utah
  • 4#351 Hawk Hewett - Draper, Utah
  • 5#368 Otis Day - Farmington, Utah
  • 6#345 Landon Nielson - Saratoga Springs, Utah
  • 7#330 Kayson McGee - Tooele, Utah
  • 8#362 Kayner Sweat - Heber City, Utah

 

4 and 5 year old CLASS - TOTAL RIDERS = 19

  • 1#513 Talin "Talenelo" Richards - Hemet, California - 5 Years Old
  • 1

    #434 Cooper Sheffield - Centerville, Utah

  • 2#437 Dane Fear - Big Piney, Wyoming
  • 3#436 Lorenzo "Enzo" Poll - Saratoga Springs, Utah 
  • 4#432 Harper Douthit - Salt Lake City, Utah
  • 5#428 Gavin Sherwood - Tooele, Utah
  • 6#430 Ryker "Roo" Martinez - Roy, Utah
  • 7#427 Marshall Nixon - Santaquin, Utah

 

Special Needs CLASS - TOTAL RIDERS = 10

  • 1#596 Dominic Williams
  • 2#598 William Peterson
  • 3#496 Rhys Tuncel 
  • 4#499 Olivia Heiner
  • 5#597 Grayson Argyle
  • 6#595 Bryton Elias
  • 7#498 Davis Pauley
  • 8#495 Kyler Westmoreland
  • 9

    #497 Preston Moore

  • 10

    #599 Katie Valentine

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Published in Strider Racing
Tuesday, 11 August 2015 09:47

STRIDER Calendar Contest Winners For July!

The competition for the July Calendar Contest was heated! We had a lot of great photos entered (It was especially neat that all the winners for July had more than one child in them), but alas we had to narrow it down to the top 3. Check out the winners below and make sure that you enter your best photos for August! 

If your photo is one of the top 3 make sure to look for an email from us with instructions on spending your gift certificates.

 

1st Place - Thumbs Up in Crested Butte

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2nd Place - Brothers In The Skate Park

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3rd Place - Pump Track Duo

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Strider Bikes and the Axel Project Ride Through Utah

with the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah Professional Cycling Race

Toddlers Learn To Love Cycling Alongside the Pros

at Each of The Race’s Finish Festivals August 3-9


Rapid City, SD (July 30, 2015) — Strider Sports International, the world’s premier manufacturer and marketer of children’s no-pedal balance bikes, in conjunction with the Axel Project, is bringing the Strider® Adventure Zone to each of the stage finish expo locations of the Tour of Utah professional cycling event taking place next week.


The Strider Adventure Zone activation taking place at each of the Expos gives toddlers one to five years old a chance to test ride a STRIDER Balance Bike, play with other kids, and develop balance and coordination in a fun ride and play area. This safe and friendly environment encourages kids to explore mobility on two wheels and experience the challenge and thrill of riding a STRIDER on unique terrain and obstacles.

People can find a free Adventure Zone complete with loaner bikes and helmets at each Tour of Utah Lifestyle Expo beginning Tuesday, August 4th, as well as during the Strider Championship Series Race taking place Saturday, August 8th in Pioneer Park, downtown Salt Lake City.  Dates and locations of the Lifestyle Expos include: Ogden, August 4; Bountiful, August 5; Heber Valley, August 6; Salt Lake City, August 7; and Park City, August 9th.

 

The Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah is one of only five UCI-sanctioned, multi-stage, North American pro cycling events in 2015. Showcasing some of the world’s most prestigious teams and cyclists for seven days in August, this event now attracts worldwide attention as the top international cycling event that follows the Tour de France. Nearly a decade since its opening circuit, the Tour of Utah, today, stands shoulder to shoulder with the most prestigious professional bicycle stage race events as our answer to the greatest cycling challenges the world has to offer.


Strider Sports International CEO Ryan McFarland says, “The Tour of Utah is a natural fit to help promote STRIDER Riding and the mission of the Axel Project. Showcasing STRIDER Bikes and the young toddler riders next to the fastest road cyclists in the world is truly an honor for us. We know the passion and determination on display from every pro rider in the race will rub off on our young racers, showing them how much you can do on two wheels!”

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We had over 60 videos from 16 countries entered into the STRIDER Bikes Rule Video Contest!

STRIDER Bikes Rule

 

Voting has officially ended! Watch for the results to be posted on Thursday 7/30!

 

Head over to our YouTube channel and see all of the amazing videos sent in from parents all over the world!

 

There's is $20,000 in cash and prizes up for grabs! Make sure to find your favorite video and get the word out! Winners of both the "Staff Picks" and "People's Choice" will be announced on Thursday 7/30!

 

How Winners Will Be Chosen: There will be two categories with five winners in each.

  1. Staff Picks will be the top five videos as chosen by the staff of Strider Sports Int'l, Inc.
  2. People's Choice will be the top five videos based on a combination of the quantity and quality of the comments on their videos (excluding those who have already won "Staff Picks"). Individuals are encouraged to share their video entries through social media, e-mail, and word of mouth to get friends and family to comment on them. If the same user submits multiple comments on an individual video, only the first comment will be considered. Only comments on the video entries uploaded on the STRIDER Bike YouTube channel will count toward the awards.

 

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The competition for the June Calendar Contest was heated! We had a lot of great photos entered, but alas we had to narrow it down to the top 3. Check out the winners below and make sure that you enter your best photos for July!

If your photo is one of the top 3 make sure to look for an email from us with instructions on spending your gift certificates.

 

1st Place - Balance On Abandoned Rail

1st Place June Web

  

 

2nd Place - Splashing In The Mountains

2nd Place June Web 

 

 

3rd Place - Keep That Bike Shiney

3rd Place June

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Do you have a bunch of great photos of your adorable (most of the time) STRIDER rider(s) on your hard drive? Would you like to see him/her on the 2016 STRIDER Rider Calendar? Each month the employees of Strider Sports International will pick their favorite photo from those sent in. That month's winning photo will:

  1. Be in the STRIDER calendar for 2016
  2. Be the banner photo for the next month of 2015 on the Strider Bike facebook page
  3. The top photo each month will receive a $200 product voucher for bikes, accessories, or parts from the Strider Sports webstore. The 2nd place photo each month will receive a $100 product voucher for the Strider Sports webstore and the 3rd place photo with the will receive a $50 product voucher!

Rules and Regulations:

The 2015 STRIDER Calendar can be purchased HERE!

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Published in Parents Are Talking
Wednesday, 10 June 2015 14:08

STRIDER Calendar Winners for May

And The Winners Are...

Thanks for another great month of STRIDER Calendar Contest entries! If your photo is one of the top 3 watch for an email next week with your gift certificate information. If you want to see how tough our voting is check out all of the May entries on our Flickr Page!

We've already got a bunch of great entries for June

Without further ado here are the winners for May:

1RideYourselfToSleep 

1st Place - Stride Yourself To Sleep

 

2DesertRipping 

2nd Place - Dreaming Of The Desert

 

2Peace 

3rd Place - Peace

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AblePlay Endorsement of Strider Camp Shows Benefits for Children of All Abilities


Rapid City, SD (May 26, 2015) –  Strider Sports International, Inc., the world’s leading manufacturer and marketer of no-pedal balance bikes, is pleased to announce its Strider Camp, a five session Learn-to-Ride curriculum, has been highly rated by AblePlay as a “Great Find” that helps children with disabilities develop balance, coordination, and other valuable developmental skills. Recognized for their innovation, safety, and ease-of-use, STRIDER® Bikes join an elite list of products reviewed and rated by AblePlay.

“We evaluated the program under AblePlay “Great Finds,” as Strider Camp is not a toy, but a teaching tool to help kids learn to ride a bike inclusively and independently. Kids are having fun while working on their skills to ride a bike”, stated Ahren Hoffman, CTRS and Manager of Industry Relations & Partnerships for the National Lekotek Center. “Strider Camp received checkmarks in all five of the developmental categories—we were thrilled to award Strider Camp such high marks!” said Hoffman.

STRIDER Camp AblePlay Seal
AblePlay is an online resource at www.ableplay.org that provides comprehensive research, ratings, and reviews on toys and products that are a good fit for children of all abilities. By providing concise, insightful reviews, AblePlay helps parents choose from among the thousands of toys for children.

The Strider Camp evaluation was conducted by Lekotek Certified professionals who have degrees and experience in special education, child life, therapeutic recreation, or other therapy disciplines. The AblePlay seal represents the quantifiable rating by disability category. The ratings concluded the Strider Camp, along with the STRIDER Bikes,promoted key developmental processes, including “action concepts, core strengthening, stability, coordinated movement, gross motor skills, balance, and self-esteem.”

“Our main mission is to give kids of all abilities the chance to experience the joy of riding a bike,” stated Ryan McFarland, Founder and CEO of Strider Sports International, Inc. “We are honored to be recognized by AblePlay and excited about the opportunity this gives us to share the Strider story with a new world of moms, dads, and young families. This endorsement of Strider Camp shows our training methods and our bikes are perfect tools for building confidence and bringing the thrill of the riding experience to children of all abilities.”

To see the STRIDER Bikes in action with kids of all abilities, visitwww.StriderBikes.com/special-needs-bikes.

Published in In The News
Tuesday, 12 May 2015 03:56

STRIDER Calendar Winners for April

And The Winners Are...

Thanks for another great month of STRIDER Calendar Contest entries! If your photo is one of the top 3 watch for an email next week with your gift certificate information. If you want to see how tough our voting is check out all of the April entries on our Flickr Page!

We've already got a bunch of great entries for May

Without further ado here are the winners for April:

HelpingHandFromDad 

1st Place - A little help from Dad

 

TrainSpotting 

2nd Place - Trainspotting

 

SnackBreak 

3rd Place - Snack Break

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