Toddlers to Blaze New Trails at Pump Track World Championship
Two-wheeling wunderkinds among first to ride new Runway Bike Park at The Jones Center
Rapid City, S.D.. (Oct. 3, 2018) – The opening ribbon will soon be cut at The Jones Center’s new Runway Bike Park in Springdale, Arkansas. The first major event at North America’s largest pump track will be the Pump Track World Championship Final on Oct. 13, but the first wheels lining up at the start ramp will be toddlers on their Strider Balance Bikes.
Before professionals arriving from around the world for the World Championship, residents from the Springdale community will put their two-wheeling skills to the test on Oct. 10 from 3 - 6 p.m. Children competing against the clock will range from 3 to 6 years old, all defying what was once thought possible for balance and coordination by riders of their size and age. Space is limited to 32 total participants, with each getting a unique opportunity to interact with professional riders for one-on-one coaching sessions.
Toddler race and play experiences continue through the weekend culminating with the Pump Track World Championship Final on Oct.13. Opportunities for riders ages 6-and-under abound as Strider Bikes will offer additional riding opportunities at the Jones Center. The activities include an Adventure Zone for children as young as 18 months and a 14x Experience, designed to introduce pedaling without the need for training wheels to children as young as 3 years old.
The Jones Center continues their commitment to an active, two-wheeling community through their purchase of 14, Strider 14x Sport Bikes to be used as part of their recreational programming. These bikes will be utilized by the Jones Center to instruct young riders how to safely and independently ride, fostering a skill that can be enjoyed for a lifetime.
ABOUT STRIDER SPORTS INTERNATIONAL, INC.
Strider creates and inspires future generations of riders by giving children as young as six months old the best first-bike experience. Strider Bikes revolutionized the bike’s design to develop a child’s balance first and pairs each balance bike with a proven learn-to-ride process. Children across the globe are starting on a Strider Bike and becoming two-wheeling virtuosos – before they’re out of diapers.
ABOUT THE JONES CENTER
Opened in 1995 as a gift to the NWA region from philanthropist Bernice Jones, The Jones Center is a unique recreation and education center located in downtown Springdale. This premier facility is known for its high-quality, low-cost recreation services, innovative youth programming and affordable community meeting/conference space. The facility includes two indoor swimming pools, an indoor ice rink, world-class bike park, gymnasium, fitness center, conference center, auditorium/chapel and numerous classrooms.