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.
Strider Brings Fun for Kids to Major League Triathlon Series
Strider Adventure Zones to Teach Riding Skills to Kids 2 to 5 Years Old
Rapid City, SD (April 12, 2016) — The country may not be quite ready for Toddler Triathlons, but kids as young as 18 months can learn to ride a bike and have fun at this month’s Major League Triathlon (MLT) event kicking off in Temple, Texas. Thanks to Strider, the leader in no-pedal balance bikes and its famous Strider® Adventure Zone, parents and spectators visiting the Major League Triathlon weekend of events can introduce the youngest members of the family to the fun of riding a bike. Ideal for toddlers and kids up to age five, the Strider Adventure Zone is a safe, free, fun, and friendly environment where all young riders can take a spin around the specially designed course of ramps and obstacles. Strider Bikes help children develop vital balance and coordination skills needed to ride on two wheels, while the Adventure Zone course allows riders of all abilities to take their time getting comfortable on a bike as they socialize, play, and show off to their parents.
“A big thing for us is making everyone feel comfortable to get involved at our events,” said MLT CEO Daniel Cassidy. “That includes children, and we know that having Strider on site with their Adventure Zone will make our weekends even more conducive to families.”
Ryan McFarland, Strider Founder and CEO agrees, “At Strider, we go where the action is. The Major League Triathlon events are full of families and athletes who love the outdoors, so they are a perfect venue for our Adventure Zones.”
A fun event for the entire family, the 2016 Major League Triathlon - Temple takes place April 15-17. The Strider Adventure Zone will be open Saturday, April 16 from 12:00 noon – 3:30 p.m. at the Mayborn Convention Center in Temple, TX. The MLT festival will include food vendors, craft beer vendors, game zones featuring SpikeBall, interactive expos, MLT Pro interaction, a headliner concert featuring Russell Dickerson, and more! Three other MLT events (and Strider Adventure Zones) will take place throughout the summer and fall in Sarasota, Florida; Lincoln, Nebraska; and Greater Portland, ME.
March was another great month of Strider Calendar Contest entrants! The Strider HQ staff (as always) had a tough time picking their 3 favorites.
If you were one of the top 3 selected for March you will receive an email with your gift certificate information.
Don't forget to keep snapping and capturing the cute, intense, and fun moments for your April entries!
Without further ado...
1st Place - Desert Overlook
2nd Place - KTM Snow Striding
3rd Place - Color Matching
Special guest post from Danie Koskan - Runner/Strider Mom extraordinaire!
I'm 36 now, but started running in high school. I was the girl who always finished near the back of the pack during cross country meets, but I was dedicated to the sport. I loved it then, and I love it now. One of my goals before I finished college was to run a marathon. It was so awful and wonderful at the same time that I kept running them into my post-college and professional life. These days I run half marathons. Sprinting to keep up with my kids on their bikes for a few miles has turned out to be a great way to train. When my boys grow up, I'll return to longer distances, but I'm not willing to sacrifice these fleeting moments with them to spend hours and hours training.
I have three boys; Lincoln, Reagan and Thatcher. The 10.4-mile Heart of the Hills race is a tradition in our family because it goes right past our driveway. Last summer Reagan biked the whole way, and Thatcher joined me the last three miles on his pedal bike. Two summers before, I'd just had Lincoln. He was younger than two weeks old, so I wasn't quite in running shape. But I promised Reagan he could ride the last three miles of the course on his bike for tradition's sake (the 7-mile marker is near our mailbox). So Reagan took off, but so did Thatcher -- on his Strider. He was 2.5 years old at the time, so I couldn't very well just let him go by himself. And I was pretty sure he would run out of the steam, but he didn't. He booked it all the way to the finish line. And I sprinted after him the entire 5K.
Six months later, he was riding a pedal bike like nobody's business. Seriously, these bikes are amazing. My boys are in such great shape. Fitness is something we've achieved and maintained together. As soon as they transitioned from the Strider, they kept riding alongside me. Or more truthfully put, increasingly farther ahead of me.
Running with your two-wheeled kid (or in my case, kids) probably isn't every running parent's idea of a good time. There are potty breaks, snack breaks, untied shoe breaks, look-mom-there's-a-bug-on-the-side-of-the-road breaks. Running with my boys has literally forced me to slow down and breathe all this wonder in, to notice what I didn't see before in my haste to get from Point A to Point B. And the really cool thing? Thanks to all this stopping and starting and sprinting to keep up, I've become a faster and stronger runner. But more importantly, I get to model to my kids what it means to be fit and have fun. And it started with a Strider.
Rapid City, SD (March 28, 2016) — The Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers® franchise in Lincoln, Nebraska, is teaming up with Strider Bikes, the world’s leading manufacturer and marketer of children’s no-pedal balance bikes, to give away 120 Strider Bikes to local youth. Raising Cane’s is hosting a Giveaway Party to hand out the bikes on April 17 from 1 p.m. – 3 pm. at their restaurant located at 58th & Old Cheney (5810 S. 58th Street). SCHEELS will also be onsite with a FREE Adventure Zone where children can come test ride a Strider Bike. The Giveaway Party and Adventure Zone is open to the public.
Raising Cane’s will be donating over 50 of the bikes to the children and families at the Montessori School for Young Children in Lincoln. In addition, 35 bikes will be given away at the April 17 Giveaway Party, where 5 bikes will be given away every 15 minutes to those in attendance. An additional 20 bikes will be given away to customers who register in-restaurant between March 28 and April 10, and the remainder will be given to children of their crewmembers.
“The partnership with Strider was a no-brainer for us. Not only does it embody one of our core values of supporting active lifestyles, but our (Justin and I) two children used them as well and we are true believers in the bike,” said Jennifer Jones, owner of the Lincoln and Grand Island Raising Cane’s restaurants. “So when we had the opportunity to give other children a chance to have a Strider Bike of their own and to host an event that would put 120 of these bikes under children in the community, we were very excited and didn’t hesitate to become apart of it.”
After the April 17 Giveaway Party, local toddlers can practice their skills to race in the Lincoln Strider Cup race on June 11. The Lincoln race is the first of three events in the 2016 Strider Cup, a national Strider Bike racing series for toddlers and children. It is also the first time Strider has held a national race in Lincoln. These family-friendly races for the tiniest competitors will give small children a chance to put their Strider Balance Bike skills to the test.
Derek Bombeck of Lincoln got Strider Bikes for his two-year-old twin sons Collin and Graham when they turned one. "It has been amazing watching their progression and confidence over the past 9 months. When we go outside the first thing they ask for is their Strider bikes. We ride them around the neighborhood and at the park. With the balance and coordination they are learning on their Strider Bikes, transitioning to pedal bikes should be easy."
The June 11 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/lincoln.
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.
February was another great month of Strider Calendar Contest entrants! The Strider HQ staff once again had a tough time picking their top 3 entrants.
If you were selected for February you will receive an email with your gift certificate information.
Don't forget to keep snapping and capturing the cute, intense, and fun moments for your March entries!
Without further ado...
1st Place - High Five!
2nd Place - Tunnel Pom-Pom
3rd Place - Dream Big
We 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.
If the photos submitted for January are any indication, we're off to another great year of Strider Calendar Contest photos! We already know that Strider Riders are some of the coolest, cutest, and most photogenic kids on the planet...naturally this makes it very tough for the staff here at Strider HQ to narrow it down to the top 3.
If you were selected for January you will receive an email with your gift certificate information.
Don't forget to keep snapping and capturing the cute, intense, and fun moments for your February entries!
Without further ado...
1st Place - Striding in a Winter Wonderland
2nd Place - Get Out and Explore
3rd Place - Adventures With Friends
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
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.
Tanis on his STRIDER 16 Sport
Guest blog post by Patricia Fox (Tanis and Aiden's Mom!) - My husband Rhys is a mountain unicyclist and avid rider. When we got pregnant with my oldest son Tanis, we had hoped he would be Rhys’ sidekick as I do not ride unicycles. However, that has not happened due to some of the symptoms of Tanis’ autism. Our second son, Aiden, also has autism, so we weren’t sure we would ever be able to ride bikes together as a family. How wrong we were!
Now we ride around the neighborhood and even take the bikes camping with us. Our sons share a unique bond because of the bikes. This wouldn’t be possible if we hadn’t tried a STRIDER Bike when they were young. And we couldn’t continue riding as a family if the company had ignored my request (among others I’m sure!) for a larger sized balance bike.
Tanis was diagnosed with severe autism when he was three years old, and is nine now. He struggles with poor core strength and low stamina, making riding a bike very difficult. My other son, Aiden, is six and also on the spectrum, but much more physical.
Several years ago, we came across a video of an 18-month-old on a STRIDER at a BMX track, so we thought we’d try one. We learned that every kid reacts differently. Some have a slower transition from walking to just getting comfortable enough to put their butts down on the seat. When they finally lift up their feet and really balance for the first time, their faces shine with a “Look what I can do” expression!
Tanis got his STRIDER first, the original 12” model, when he was five. He liked it, but after Aiden got his and started riding it, that really encouraged Tanis. When Tanis outgrew the small bike, we got the 16” model and it opened many riding doors for us as a family, since it was light weight and easy to ride. We were so proud when he rode it and joyfully shouted, “I did it! I did it!”
Tanis is tall for his age and so we knew he would soon outgrow that bike. A couple of years ago, I sent the folks at STRIDER a request asking them to continue their excellent work and make another model for even older ages. We were so happy to see the 20” model come out in 2014. We were even more thankful to receive one through the generosity of Black Hills Family Support. Tanis loves riding his bike and says it’s “shiny and cool.”
We donated Tanis’ 16” STRIDER to LifeScape, the school Aiden attends for OT and other programs. I read recently about research that riding a STRIDER helps kids with autism. In the past, Tanis’ therapists used his bike to help with his core strength and gain balance and coordination. Aiden’s therapists work with him on his bike now.
Aiden started riding the STRIDER when he was three and was extremely attached to it. He even wore out the tires, so we had to replace them. After about a year and a half on the STRIDER, we decided to try a pedal bike. We were stunned that the transition to pedaling happened in a matter of minutes!
If it wasn’t for a STRIDER, we don’t think Aiden could have learned to ride a pedal bike. We realized that training wheels don’t really teach kids how to balance. As my husband said, “Why didn’t anyone think of this bike before?”
Tanis also learned to ride a pedal bike. Unfortunately he is distracted easily, so he had several accidents and minor injuries (we made sure he wore pads and a helmet). He sticks with his STRIDER now and feels safer. With the footrests, it’s easier for him to put his feet down quickly.
Having both of the boys on two wheels has opened up a lot of possibilities to ride as a family. We could walk to the local park a few blocks away, but it’s so much more fun and cooler to ride bikes! We also name things while riding, such as stop signs or other markers.
We take the bikes camping in our renovated old school bus to Custer State Park and other local places. We tried tent camping, but the sound of the rain on the tent freaked out Tanis. Having the bus makes it easy to bring along the bikes.
One of the greatest benefits of riding is the special bond it has created between Tanis and Aiden. It’s something they can share together. On their bikes, they’re typical boys who enjoy racing back and forth on the sidewalk in front of our house or around the campground during trips.
They also ride with other kids in the neighborhood, which is an important social connection for them, especially for Tanis. Since his autism is severe, sometimes his behaviors confuse other kids. When he’s riding his bike, he’s just like them. He feels like a regular kid, and I love seeing him so happy.