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Here's a little inspiration for your Saturday. If you fall down, make sure that you've got friends around to help pick you back on track!
We hope everyone is having a great holiday weekend.
On April 15, Anthony Allred from WFLA-NBC 8 covered the Special Olympics-Hillsborough County athletes training for the April 25 event.
WTVT-FOX 13 covered the April 15 training session as well, highlighting the athletes as some experienced two wheels for the first time.
On April 25, WWSB-ABC 7 came out and filmed the action from the 3-year-old race and Special Needs Races.
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
What a fun day of STRIDER Championship Series Racing at the Station Square on June 6th; new friends were made, challenges were overcome, and smiles were abundant!
A big shout out goes to all the folks who participated and helped out in the recent race in Pittsburgh, PA! What a great day! Fabulous weather, great venue and tons of enthusiasm from everybody involved.
All of the STRIDER HQ staff that went out to Pittsburgh were amazed at the response and the great vibes that we got from everybody that we met. What a cool city too, with beautiful bike paths, a great bike community, and a neat bike rental system.
Also a big thanks to the fine folks at the Wheel Mill Bike Park for letting us do packet pickup there! While Taylor Swift didn’t make it over to see us on Saturday we still
rocked Station Square! : )
Check out the excellent photos from race day on our Flickr page HERE!
2 YEAR OLDS and under
- 1#218 - Patrick "Paddy" Marsic - PA
- 2#202 - Kabir Raphael - MD
#216 - Oakley "Oakdawg" Lindner - MD
#226 - Gavin McNulty - PA
#206 - Lily Opitz - PA
#221 - Brayden Cooney - PA6
#224 - Hunter Clayton - NJ7
#203 - Steven "Buddie" Heagerty - PA8
3 YEAR OLDS
- 1#302 - Isshi Komatsu - PA
- 2#323 - Travis Clayton - NJ
- 3#311 - Tristen Mieczkowski - PA
- 4#324 - Jarrett Dearborn - WV
- 5#317 - Jacob Shafer - PA
- 6#304 - Connor Clemons - MD
- 7#316 - Leopold Hossbach - PA
#325 - Finn Lithgow - PA
- 1#903 - Kolby Liston - PA
- 2#902 - Nicholas "Nick" Monteparte - PA
- 3#801 - Dante Hoffman - PA
- 4#802 - Matthias "Matti" Shelton - PA
- 5#805 - Nydia "Yaya" Deeter - PA
#804 - Eric Jackson - PA
4 YEAR OLDS
- 1#419 - Eddy Hosack - PA
- 2#403 - Christopher "Chris" Opitz - PA
- 3 #409 - Declan "Diamond Cutter" Sims - PA
- 4#415 - Giovanni Riccelli - PA
- 5#405 - Jackson Donahue - PA
- 6#407 - Bradyn Stanley - PA
#404 - Evan Wood - PA
#422 - Ryan Craig - PA
5 Year Olds
- 1#505 - Eito "EITO!" Tokunaga - IL
- 2#502 - Leo Sicilia - PA
#504 - Max Klaich - PA
#512 - Coleman Hixenbaugh - PA
#503 - Jacob Andreyo - PA
#501 - Alaina Shea - PA6
#508 - Raymond "Ray" Valentine Lanza - PA7
#506 - Tommy "Tommy Gun" Guenther - PA8
Below is a guest blog entry from Tyler Klassen. He is a STRIDER dad, airline pilot, motorcycle rider, green egg bbq enthusiast, and all around cool guy. On May 16th he held the 2nd annual Riders for Striders charity motorcycle ride and purchased 41 STRIDER Bikes for kids at the Peyton Manning Children's Hospital....We've said it before and we'll say it again, STRIDER Parents are THE coolest!
More great images from the ride are below!
May 16, 2015 - Indianapolis, Indiana
The second annual Riders for Striders charity motorcycle ride took place on May 16th. The local Indianapolis 500 Qualification day was cancelled due to the rain, but Riders for Striders went on! A little rain wouldn't stop this tough group of charity riders! Registration opened at 9am and the rain showers had moved off, we had cloudy skies and temps in the lower 70s. Cycle Outfitters, our ride starting point host, set up a fantastic spread of free donuts and coffee. The threat of rain for the day didn't keep registered riders home. At the start of the ride we had 38 motorcycles. 34 Adventure Motorcyclists, and 4 Street Motorcyclists. I believe the forecast kept the street riders home, but everyone who was there had a great positive attitude and was ready to ride and raise some money to get the kids of Peyton Manning Children's Hospital some Strider Bikes!
We had two routes planned this year for the second annual ride, an Adventure Route (on road/off road) and a Street Route (pavement). We did our ride a little different than most charity rides. Instead of a parade or escorted ride, we had 10 ride leaders with the routes in their GPS. We paired up the riders into groups of 6-8 motorcycles. This way we can have riders paired up with their experience level. This also allows each group to ride at their own pace, stop where they want, and improved the overall safety of the ride.
We rode south out of Indianapolis, and headed towards Bloomington, Indiana. RevSport in Bloomington was our lunch stop destination. The ADV group had some creeks to cross, wonderful gravel roads through Yellowwood State Forest, and more gravel through the Lake Monroe area. One benefit of the less than ideal weather....the rain showers kept the gravel dust free!
I was fortunate enough to have my Dad, who flew in from Tucson, AZ for the ride, and my 5 year old son join me in my Ural sidecar rig! Pretty cool to have three generations riding in one machine through the gravel and creeks!
The group met up at RevSport for a donation lunch. Moody's Butcher Shop in Center Grove, Indiana donated 40lbs of pork for the lunch!
Just after lunch the rain started to pour! All riders kept a positive attitude, zipped up their rain gear and headed back out for the north bound portion on the ride. I was very impressed with all the riders maintaining a positive attitude and just carrying on with the ride like it wasn't raining! Good waterproof gear really helps too!
The adventure group hit a snag on the north bound route inside of the Hoosier Nation Forest. A tree had fallen across the road. Now, most riders might let this obstacle ruin their ride, but not this ADV group! The ADV groups just worked together, and since they were riding off road bikes, went around the tree. Some even said going around the tree made the ride even more fun!
The north bound portion of both routes ended at Taxman Brewing Company in Bargersville, Indiana. Taxman was a fantastic host! They opened up their upstairs area just for the riders. It was nice to get out of the rain and everyone enjoyed chatting about the ride. Our total ride distance was 155 miles round trip.
We raised enough money to purchase 41 additional Striders for the kids of Peyton Manning Children's Hospital. Planning for next year's ride has already begun! We are hoping for better weather next year, but I was very impressed with this year's turn out!
Organizer and Founder of Riders for Striders
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
What a fun day of STRIDER Championship Series Racing at the Ventura Pier on May 9th; new friends were made, challenges were overcome, and smiles were abundant!
Starting at 9am with the 2 and under racers, we wrapped up a little early thanks to the parents, local staff, sponsors, and all the great volunteers! If you had a good time, make sure that you check out the 2015 STRIDER World Championship races coming up August 28th-29th in STRIDERville (aka Rapid City, SD)! We're anticipating another exciting year of racing with competitors from at least 10 countries, and a ton of family fun!
Check out the excellent photos from race day on our Flickr page HERE!
2 YEAR OLDS and under
- 1#209 - Jeremiah "SpiderMan" Trujillo - CA
- 2#212 - Anakin "Vader" Smith - AZ
#219 - Hudson Rodriguez - CA
#210 - Joaquin "J Bugsy" Martinez - CA
#204 - Leland Wilson - CA
#226 - Gio Ricalde6
#208 - Brandon "Bubba" Kemmerly7
#222 - Kouta Toyoda8
3 YEAR OLDS
- 1#323 - Gunner Clinedinst - CA
- 2#312 - Patrick "PJ" Fernandes - CA
- 3#303 - Donovan "DMac" McElroy - CA
- 4#321 - Kurt Akciz - CA
- 5#315 - William "Wimmy" Realivasque - CA
- 6#324 - Corbin Nava - CA
- 7#316 - Ryder Choplin - CA
#304 - Ethan "River" Mack - CA
Special Needs - 8 and Under
- 1#609 - Cassidy Miner
- 2#605 - Cole Shearen
- 3#604 - Dylan Toth
- 4#701 - Jaret Wilson
- 5#606 - Elle Bowden
Special Needs - STRIDER 16"
- 1#710 - Kaden Holmes - CA
- 2#706 - Joshua Langford - CA
- 3#703 - Preston Wood - CA
- 4#702 - Noah Hatamian - CA
- 5#705 - Parker Bryant - CA
- 6#707 - Tyler Hartung - CA
- 7#708 - Rennie Lee - CA
#704 - Quinn Evans - CA
#709 - Luke Carlin - CA
4 YEAR OLDS
- 1#411 - Lance Rezac - CA
- 2#401 - Jamison Posca - CA
- 3 #403 - Asa Roberts - CA
- 4#408 - Patrick Schneider - CA
- 5#410 - Ryan Almaraz - CA
- 6#407 - Maxton "Max" Mantel - CA
#402 - Cayden Hammer - CA
#406 - Teegan "T-Gun" Hultman - CA
5 Year Olds
- 1#502 - Ryder Clinedinst - CA
- 2#501 - Talin "Talanelo" Richards - CA
#503 - Ben Terry - CA
#504 - Henry "Hank" Gasich - CA
#506 - Noah "NoNo" Holmes - CA
#508 - Jake "Stunt Man Jake" Familton - CA6
#505 - Jonah "Jones" Lague - CA7
#510 Gabriel Torres - FL8