Wow – that was one windy and hot afternoon in Lincoln, but none of that seemed to bother the 160+ racers. Little legs battled the wind and strode over, through and around various obstacles – including our cool mister, once that heat and humidity kicked in. We all learned that “turn here” to a toddler means they just might turn around and go back. And we also watched several toddlers jump the tire obstacles, rather than ride around them. We ended up with just over 170 registered racers, and it was wonderful to see several returning racers from 2016. Happy, smiling faces received medals and trophies as champions were crowned in 2 and under, 3, 4, 5 year old, and special needs divisions. What a wonderful day of making new friends, riding, and racing!

Don't forget, everyone who participated is welcome to attend the Strider Cup World Championships in Salt Lake City, Utah July 21st and July 22nd. We know some of you are already making plans. Be sure to book your hotel soon!

A huge thank you to all the racers, their families, and to our Title sponsor Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers, for the wonderful support, lemonade and water. A big thanks also to SCHEELS for the Free Strider Adventure Zone and to Keller Williams, Black Hills Energy, Lincoln Children’s Museum, and FedEx. Thanks also to the Lincoln Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, as well as the City of Lincoln for their support! We had a fantastic time in Tower Square of Lincoln, Nebraska, and loved hearing the stories you shared about your child’s experience with their Strider bike.  Thank you for the hospitality and hope to see you in Salt Lake City!

We've got our photos posted on our Flickr page. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to catch all the latest Strider Happenings!

Below are the results from each race class: 


2 and under Class - TOTAL RIDERS = 49

  • 1#117 Rhett Elkins - Lincoln, NE
  • 2#133 Ellie Larson - Kearney, NE
  • 3#142 Maxwell "Maxxx" Carney - Clif Carney
  • 4#147 Lander Wirth - Gretna, NE
  • 5#123 October "Tobey" Jenkins - Beatrice, NE
  • 6#103 Ronan Flippin - Gretna, NE
  • 7#145 Shea Jermain - Liberty, MO
  • 8#105 August Schultz - Lincoln, NE
  • 9#141 James Nekuda - Kearney, MO
  • 10#114 Preston Dockhorn - Monroe, NE
  • 11#104 William Crane - Minden, NE
  • 12#110 Bentley Lantis - Omaha, NE
  • 13#132 Emmett Irene - Lincoln, NE
  • 14#119 Micah Brumm - Lincoln, NE
  • 15#101 Lennon Nelson - Omaha, NE
  • 16#111 Noah Andre - Kearney, NE

3 year old CLASS - TOTAL RIDERS = 51

  • 1#101 Pasha Ali - Trophy Club, TX
  • 2#142 Cruz "Cruzy the Racer" Gallegos - Santa Fe, NM
  • 3#116 Brady Pearson - Omaha, NE
  • 4#144 Braysen Yingling - Topeka, KS
  • 5#147 Jensyn Codr - Omaha, NE
  • 6#120 Asher Huerta - Bellevue, NE
  • 7#111 Paladin Knust - Blue Springs, MO
  • 8#135 Cooper "Buttercup" McKinney - Gowrie, IA
  • 9#126 Daniel "DJ" Applegate - Lincoln, NE
  • 10#143 Kaleb Edwards - Palmyra, NE
  • 11#115 Santiago Gonzalez - Clovis, NM
  • 12#137 Jase Stark - Hickman, NE
  • 13#149 Theo Plooster - Malcolm, NE
  • 14#124 Easton Allen - Belton, MO
  • 15#123 Henry Norton - Lincoln, NE



  • 1#142 Drake "Silas" Franklin - Lincoln, NE
  • 2#120 Keller Larson - Kearney, NE
  • 3#103 Madden "Danger" Thulin - Topeka, KS
  • 4#106 Colin Wettergel - Elkhorn, NE
  • 5#105 Nash Edwards - Marysville, KS
  • 6#135 Karter "Kar Kar" Gailey - Fort Dodge, IA
  • 7#119 Liam Uhl - Mapleton, IA
  • 8#131 Ayden Schmidt - Harrisburg, SD
  • 9#136 Brecken Vetick - Genoa, NE
  • 10#117 Preston Herbolsheimer - Lincoln, NE
  • 11#111 Silas "Si" Hill - Leon, IA
  • 12#104 Monroe Nelson - Omaha, NE
  • 13#144 Madelyn Sherman - Lincoln, NE
  • 14#122 Eldyn DeFreece - Cairo, NE
  • 15#108 Gavin "Ninja Fast" Berg - New Hope, MN
  • 16#133 Harlynn Frerichs - Bennington, NE



  • 1#106 Brecken Yingling - Topeka, KS
  • 2#101 Maddox Van Dyk - Sioux Falls, SD
  • 3#105 Brennan Klug - Gretna, NE
  • 4#108 Ethan Reiman - Lincoln, NE
  • 5#104 Bailey Wiliams - Beaver City, NE
  • 6#103 Cade Gentrup - Lincoln, NE
  • 7#107 Zack "Bubba" James - Lincoln, NE
  • 8#102 Logan Brehm - Lincoln, NE


Special Needs CLASS - TOTAL RIDERS = 11

  • 1#177 Andy Brockmeier (12" Strider) - Lincoln, NE
  • 1#176 Robert Michael (20" Strider) - Lincoln, NE
  • 2#178 DJ Steiner (16" Strider) - Lincoln, NE
  • 3#185 Rylan Widga (12" Strider) - Lincoln, NE
  • 4#184 Moses Stevenson (16" Strider) - Lincoln, NE
  • 5#182 Patricia Palafox-Huber (20" Strider) - Lincoln, NE
  • 6#175 Haley Aernie (20" Strider) - Lincoln, NE
  • 7#180 Noel Canaan (16" Strider) - Lincoln,NE


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Thank You Soooo much for coming out to the 2016 Strider Cup World Championship!

What a great finish to the US 2016 Strider Cup racing season! With stops in Lincoln, Nebraska, Salt Lake City, Utah, Spokane, Washington, and finally our Strider Cup World Championship in San Francisco, California it was definitely a year to remember!

The Strider Cup World Championship on San Francisco's Pier 35 (right next to Fisherman’s Wharf Pier 39) was an amazing event! The venue had the advantage of being covered, but with the large garage doors open felt like you were on the water with beautiful San Francisco vistas. With a total of 302 Strider racers it was the largest race we've ever held. Nine different countries participated with the largest groups from Japan (25) and Equador (15).

Our hopes and goals for this race was simple, to give riders (of all abilities) an enjoyable weekend! Hopefully, your Strider rider will remember the camaraderie, fun race competition, and continue to gain confidence on their Strider Bikes!

We're already in the planning stages for 2017! Make sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest to get the latest news.

Photos are available on our Flickr page: Friday Practice Photos, Saturday Race Photos

News Coverage: KTVU 2, SFGate

A HUGE shout out to FedEx, our presenting sponsor, and our class sponsors; Yelp, Camelbak, Clover Stornetta Farms, Kidz Gear, and Golden Gate Urgent Care!


results from each "A main" race:


  • 1#224 Miku Shiozawa - Aichi-Ken, Japan
  • 2#263 Logan Rodriguez - Tracy, CA
  • 3#284 Ryden "Ry Ry" Morgan - West Valley City, UT
  • 4#240 Andrew "Fireball" Croskery - Belmont, CA
  • 5#247 Malek "Coco" Faraj - Mission Viejo, CA
  • 6#205 Noah Jones - San Mateo, CA
  • 7#223 Hudson Nye - Chico, CA
  • 8#249 Dixon Zhu - San Francisco, CA
  • 9#206 Bates Binaoro - Hercules, CA
  • 10#217 Kai Murayama - Aichi Okazaki-Shi, Japan


3 Year old CLASS - TOTAL RIDERS = 94

  • 1#322 Kei Murayama - Aichi Okazaki-Shi, Japan
  • 2#320 Emilio Alejandro Perez Fernandez - Puyo, Ecuador
  • 3#385 Mason Antell - San Francisco, CA
  • 4#324 Anthony "Suco" Contreras - Puyo, Ecuador
  • 5#380 Aidyn "A-Train" Low-Blythe - Fairfield, CA
  • 6#307 Lily Mae Christiansen - Bay Point, CA
  • 7#315 Jaxson "Jax" Boehme - Napa, CA
  • 8#345 Rory Lee - Capitola, CA
  • 9#314 Harrison Burns - San Bruno, CA
  • 10#393 Seth Postier - San Jose, CA
  • 11#382 Mason Davis - Santa Cruz, CA


4 Year old CLASS - TOTAL RIDERS = 55

  • 1#415 Waku Kunitate - Tokyo, Japan
  • 2#413 Sota Suzuki - Anjyo, Japan
  • 3#406 Yamato Ogata - Higashioumi-Shi, Japan
  • 4#410 Ruka Izumitani - Inazawa, Japan
  • 5#448 Jose Martin Benavides Paredes - Quito, Ecuador
  • 6#416 Daijiro Wakida - Tokyo, Japan
  • 7#452 Cade "Cade Man" Myers - Winters, CA
  • 8#405 Diego Salinas - Fremont, CA
  • 9#409 Tomas "Hammer" Escobar Mesa - Sabaneta-Antioquia, Colombia


5 year old CLASS - TOTAL RIDERS = 39

  • 1#512 Ao "Aosan" Yamashita - Osaka, Japan
  • 2#520 Kuuto Kitazawa - Tokyo, Japan
  • 3#510 Teruya "Teru" Kouda - Nara, Japan
  • 4#511 Sawa "Sawa-san" Ishimaru - Osaka, Japan
  • 5#502 Makoto Goriki - Aichi, Japan
  • 6#523 Sora Shiozawa - Aichi-Ken, Japan
  • 7#503 Rui Ishimoto - Nishinomiya-shi, Japan
  • 8#514 Namiki Takao - Nara Ikoma, Japan
  • 9#515 Shoma Sano - Aichi Toyoake-shi, Japan


Special needs 12" Strider Class - TOTAL RIDERS = 3

  • 1#902 Miles Robinson - San Jose, CA
  • 2#905 Juniper Naim - San Jose, CA
  • 3#903 Katie Kang - San Jose, CA
  • 4#901 Sanchit Sharma - Sunnyvale, CA


Special Needs 16"/20" Strider CLASS - TOTAL RIDERS = 5

  • 1#914 Marissa Erickson - Alameda, CA
  • 2#900 Jason Toy - San Francisco, CA
  • 3#911 Bill Dickson - San Lorenzo
  • 4#901 Sanchit Sharma - Sunnyvale, CA
  • 5#910 Jake Silva - San Bruno, CA
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The 2016 Strider Cup World Championship presented by FedEx will be rolling into San Francisco's Pier 35 July 29th - 30th! Strider riders all over the Golden State are getting excited for the big day. Here are just a few stories from registered Strider racers: 


Mit - Fremont, CA

Mit’s parents, Rohan and Mitali, bought him a Strider Balance Bike after he turned two and the toddler has been striding for about six months. He enjoys getting out with his friend, Viaan, who also started riding a Strider Bike when he was two years old.

“Mit wants to ride it all the time and always gets excited when we tell him that ‘it is time to ride your bike,’” said Rohan. “He mainly rides it in the park next to our apartment building in Fremont. Sometimes he rides it in our parking lot or at his friend’s neighborhood. Believe it or not he also rides it in our apartment.”

Rohan added that Mit likes doing superhero stunts on his bike by going down a hill, turning right or left and stopping all of a sudden.

“We are fortunate to live in a city where Mit has gotten a unique opportunity to participate in the World Championship at a very young age,” said Rohan.




Diego - Fremont, CA

Kristin's family was introduced to Strider Balance Bikes by a friend who invited them to watch the races at Santa Clara PAL BMX. Her son, Diego, was immediately intrigued, so they bought a Strider Bike for him just after his second birthday.

“A Strider Bike is top of the line when it comes to balance bikes and had the best reviews,” said Kristin. “It was actually quite affordable and easy to purchase.”

Little did she know Diego would turn out to be a racing phenom! He’s four years old now and has competed in over 100 Strider Balance Bike races across California, taking home more than 75 first place trophies. He is a National Champion under USABMX and has some impressive video and photos on Instagram at #Diego901.

Diego is even one of the first officially sponsored Strider Bike Riders on the West Coast by Black Crown BMX, of Atlanta, Georgia. Kristin added, “His Strider Bike has given him so much opportunity and he's become quite the people person. I am not sure what Diego loves more than his Strider Bike.”

Although Diego prefers his Strider Bike over anything, he did start riding his first pedal bike at three years old, going directly from a Strider to a pedal bike, with no need for training wheels.

“The Strider Bike has encouraged him to be more social and learn how to communicate better at such a young age,” said Kristin. “He talks about his Strider all the time. His Strider Bike also encourages him to simply go outside and play. He also gets exercise and it's definitely made him more active. Who knew something so simple (but awesome) could make such a huge impact!”


Keep watching for more Strider Cup World Championship rider highlights!

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Rapid City, SD (March 15, 2016)  - American global delivery services company FedEx® has signed on as the title sponsor for the 2016 Strider Cup World Championship for the third year in a row. The sixth annual event will be held at Pier 35 in San Francisco, CA July 29-30, 2016.


The Strider Cup World Championship is the culmination of a series of qualifying races held in North America, Asia, Europe, and South America. Over 300 riders between two and five years old are expected to compete, as well as several racers with special needs. Strider is expecting toddler racers from over twelve countries to be represented in the world’s premier balance bike racing competition.


“We are excited that FedEx is partnering with us again this year. We are expecting record breaking racer numbers and spectator numbers at Pier 35 and are thrilled to have the support of a global brand like FedEx,” said Ryan McFarland, Strider Sports’ founder and CEO. “As our Strider Cup events have grown worldwide, we have sought to align ourselves with international organizations. FedEx is a perfect partner for our company and our Strider Cup events.”


For more information, contact Kyla Wright at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 605-381-0328 or visit


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, like them on Facebook, and follow them on Twitter, and Instagram.

About FedEx Corp.

FedEx provides customers and businesses worldwide with a broad portfolio of transportation, shipping, and e-commerce and business services. With annual revenues of $47 billion, the company offers integrated business applications through operating companies competing collectively and managed collaboratively, under the respected FedEx brand. Consistently ranked among the world’s most admired and trusted employers, FedEx inspires its more than 325,000 team members to remain “absolutely, positively” focused on safety, the highest ethical and professional standards, and the needs of their customers and communities.

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Join us in San Francisco, CA July 29-30 for the 2016 Strider Cup World Championship!

It promises to be another fun weekend of international racing competition, and plenty of other fun activities for the whole family!

The Strider Cup World Championship is open to all Strider riders of every ability! If you've already raced in one of the 2016 Strider Cup races (Lincoln, Salt Lake CitySpokane, or an authorized international Strider Cup race) you're automatically qualified for the World Cup Championship.

Last chance qualifiers and practice on Friday night are mandatory.

Last chance qualifiers, Practice and Riding clinics will take place on Friday evening for everyone. This will be an evening of STRIDER fun with music, games, food vendors, an opening ceremony and Group photo.



Full Schedule for Friday and Saturday:

Friday, July 29th - Opening Night Celebration and Last Chance Qualifying Practice

Note:  Must attend qualifying night


Race Registration opens at Pier 35


Race Registration closes at Pier 35

4:30pm – 7:30pm

Fun Kids Activities  - Food Vendors Available

4:30pm – 6:15pm

STRIDER clinic, practice & qualifying races 2,3,4 and 5 year olds  

6:30pm - 7:00pm

Opening Ceremonies & Group Photo

7:00pm - 8:00pm

Special needs Strider 16” and 20” bike open practice races


Saturday, July 30th - Strider World Championship

Note:  No Registration on this day


Track opens at Pier 35  

9:00am - 4:00pm

Strider Festival


2-year old class. Rider Meeting/Heats/Feature Race/Trophy Presentations


3-year-old class. Rider Meeting/Heats/Feature Race/Trophy Presentations


Lunch Break


Open STRIDER bike Freestyle session - bring your best tricks!


Special needs races


4-year-old class. Rider Meeting/Heats/Feature Race/Trophy Presentations


5-year-old class. Rider Meeting/Heats/Feature Race/Trophy Presentations


Track at Pier 35 closes


Strider Cup Racing Rules.

This race is for Genuine STRIDER Bikes only.  No other balance bike brands are allowed.  For acceptable modifications and other important information see full listing of rules which is linked on the Strider website landing page for this event or here.

Event Registration and Packet pick up:

    • - Online registration is now closed
    • - Early packet pick up and on-site registration will be Thursday - July 28th for $35.00 at Holiday Inn Fisherman's Wharf from 5pm to 7pm (Strider jersey size and color subject to availability). If you pick up your packet Thursday you can avoid any lines on Friday and get right to practicing on the track!
    • - On-site registration and packet pick up will also be available starting from 3pm and ending at 7pm on Friday July 29th at Pier 35 - $35 (Strider jersey size and color subject to availability)
    • - There will be NO on-site registration or packet pick up on Race day (Saturday July 30th)
    • - On-line pre-registration is $27.37 and is NOW CLOSED! Race fee includes a Strider jersey, number plate, and a bunch of other goodies!

Driving to the Strider Cup World Championship?

Sometimes finding a parking spot in the city can be difficult. consider reserving parking in advance with SpotHero!

SpotHero is a parking reservation service that connects drivers to discounted and convenient parking. You can download the SpotHero iPhone |Android app or visit the Strider Cup SpotHero Parking Page to find and reserve convenient parking with rates up to 50% off drive-up.

All attendees can enter the promo code STRIDERCUP for an extra $5 off parking. That's $5 off already discounted rates! SpotHero can be used for Day of event racing and overnight parking as well.










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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! : )

Another big shout out to FedEx for sponsoring the race in Pittsburgh and the upcoming race in Salt Lake City! A special thanks to KIND Snacks and Honey Stinger for the goodies in the swag bags!

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
  • 3

    #216 - Oakley "Oakdawg" Lindner - MD

  • 4

    #226 - Gavin McNulty - PA

  • 5

    #206 - Lily Opitz - PA

  • #221 - Brayden Cooney - PA6

    #224 - Hunter Clayton - NJ7

    #203 - Steven "Buddie" Heagerty - PA8



  • 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
  • 8

    #325 - Finn Lithgow - PA 


Special Needs

  • 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
  • 6
  • #804 - Eric Jackson - PA



  • 1#419 - Eddy Hosack - PA
  • 2#403 - Christopher "Chris" Opitz - PA
  • #409 - Declan "Diamond Cutter" Sims - PA
  • 4#415 - Giovanni Riccelli - PA
  • 5#405 - Jackson Donahue - PA
  • 6#407 - Bradyn Stanley - PA
  • 7

    #404 - Evan Wood - PA

  • 8

    #422 - Ryan Craig - PA


5 Year Olds

  • 1#505 - Eito "EITO!" Tokunaga - IL
  • 2#502 - Leo Sicilia - PA
  • 3

    #504 - Max Klaich - PA

  • 4

    #512 - Coleman Hixenbaugh - PA

  • 5

    #503 - Jacob Andreyo - PA

  • #501 - Alaina Shea - PA6

    #508 - Raymond "Ray" Valentine Lanza - PA7

    #506 - Tommy "Tommy Gun" Guenther - PA8

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