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!”
With 62 entries from 16 countries we had a very tough time narrowing it down to the top 10 winners!
There were two categories, Strider Staff Pick and People's Choice, with 5 winners in each. With over $20,000 in cash and prizes up for grabs we had a tough time picking the top 5 for the Staff Picks from all of the amazing videos. The film makers did a great job getting the word out as well! There were over 48,000 views on YouTube in less than one week. The winners for the People's Choice were chosen based on the quality and quantity of comments on the videos uploaded to our YouTube channel.
Don't despair if you weren't selected as one of the top 10...we'll be getting you a $50 Strider product voucher by email (expect to see this by Aug 17th).
If your video is one of the videos below watch for an email explaining what we'll need from you in order to get you your prize money!
In the end the top 10 videos came from 6 different countries!
Drum roll, please...
1st Place - Vicente Exploring - Chile
2nd Place - Love At First Sight - Thailand
3rd Place - Ducati Jacob - USA
4th Place - Road Safety - Philippines
5th Place - Exploring Utah - USA
1st Place - Daydreaming In School - Italy
2nd Place - Riding Buddies at Highland Mountain Bike Park - USA
3rd Place - Ethan Danger - USA
4th Place - The Lone Strider - USA
5th Place - Anytime, Anwhere - South Korea
Thanks again to everyone for entering and sharing your creative videos with us!
We had over 60 videos from 16 countries entered into the STRIDER Bikes Rule Video Contest!
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.
- Staff Picks will be the top five videos as chosen by the staff of Strider Sports Int'l, Inc.
- 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.
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
2nd Place - Splashing In The Mountains
3rd Place - Keep That Bike Shiney
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:
1st Place - Stride Yourself To Sleep
2nd Place - Dreaming Of The Desert
3rd Place - Peace
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.
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.
Closed-Toe KEEN Sandals Are Perfect for Summer Riding
Rapid City, SD (May 19, 2015) — Strider Sports Intl., Inc., the world’s premier manufacturer and marketer of children’s STRIDER® no-pedal balance bikes, is pleased to announce that KEEN - the leading manufacturer of original hybrid footwear - has teamed up with Strider Sports to produce a Special make-up Strider KEEN sandal. The all-new Strider KEEN Sandals for kids aged 2-5 are available for purchase on the StriderBikes.com E-commerce store and at Strider Championship Events. The sleek, black-and-yellow sandals come in sizes 8-13 for toddlers and retail for $55.
The new Special make-up Strider KEEN sandals are a sturdy and safe sandal option for active kids who like to ride all day. This low-profile “Seacamp” style KEEN sandal allows little feet increased flexibility and freedom while protecting piggies during quick stops. With a grippy rubber sole that won’t mark up the floor and KEEN's Secure Fit Lace Capture System, this shoe offers tough protection for indoor and outdoor riding adventures and Strider races. Parents will appreciate the rugged design of this closed-toe sandal that will surely save on multiple shoe purchases as young riders use their toes to brake, turn, and stop while riding their STRIDER Bike.
“The Strider KEEN sandals are the perfect shoes for active toddler riders,” said Ryan McFarland, CEO of Strider Sports International. “Parents have been asking us to offer closed toe sandals for a long time. Any parent who has a STRIDER Rider knows that KEEN’s are an essential piece of gear for little riders.”
The Strider KEEN sandals are available through the Strider website and onsite at national racing events, including the upcoming Strider Championship Races to be held in Pittsburgh June 6 and Salt Lake City August 8. MSRP $55. To learn more about the sandals and/or to purchase, visit http://www.StriderBikes.com/KEEN.
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About Strider Sports International, Inc.
Founded in 2007 and headquartered in Rapid City, SD, Strider Sports designs efficient, no-pedal balance bikes for all ages and abilities. 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.
Inspired by a love of the outdoors, KEEN, Inc., manufacturer of hybrid outdoor and casual products, including footwear, clothing, and accessories, is dedicated to creating quality products that support the lifestyles and outdoor adventures of active people around the world. KEEN products can be found online and through more than 5,000 retail locations in more than 60 countries, as well as in KEEN Garage retail stores in the U.S., Europe, and Asia. The company’s operations and culture reflect a stand-out commitment to building a strong community and a healthier planet so that all can create, play, and care. Learn more athttp://www.keenfootwear.com
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:
1st Place - A little help from Dad
2nd Place - Trainspotting
3rd Place - Snack Break
The Strider staff got out some weed whippers, rakes, shovels, and even a pick axe to build a cool STRIDER Nature Trail on a piece of unused park space! This 1000 foot long trail goes over tree stumps, through small valleys, and by a small creek.
Check out some additional photos from the Strider Nature Trail on our Flickr Page! Want to figure out how to know how you can build one in your area? We summarized the process in a short 1 page PDF that you can DOWNLOAD Here.
SBA Honors Nation’s Top Small Businesses
Ryan McFarland, Strider Sports International, Inc. Wins South
Dakota Small Business Person of the Year
SIOUX FALLS – From architecture to bakeries, to manufacturing and woodworking - these are just a few of the businesses that will be recognized by the U.S. Small Business Administration this year in Washington, D.C., May 15-16. Ryan McFarland, Strider Sports International, Inc., Rapid City, will represent South Dakota as this year’s Small Business Person of the Year.
“It’s our privilege to honor these outstanding small businesses,” said Matt Varilek, SBA Region VIII Administrator. “We hope this well-deserved recognition from the Small Business Administration will call attention to their success and inspire more people in South Dakota to pursue their own entrepreneurial dreams.”
Winners from the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and Guam will gather in Washington during National Small Business Week where one of them will be selected as the 2014 National Small Business Person of the Year. While in Washington the winners will have opportunities to meet with top SBA officials and national business leaders.
"Ryan McFarland and Strider Sports International, Inc. is a phenomenal success story, almost creating an entire industry in the process of building the business. We are very proud to have him represent South Dakota as our 2014 Small Business Person of the Year," said John L. Brown II, South Dakota Small Business Administration District Director.
Each year since 1963, the President has issued a proclamation calling for the celebration of National Small Business Week. SBA recognizes outstanding small business owners for their personal successes and contributions to our nation.
Please contact Michele Arends, SBA Public Information Officer, to arrange an interview with Strider Sports International, Inc.
For more information about all of the SBA’s programs for small businesses, visit the SBA’s extensive website at www.sba.gov.