Try to wrap your head around these numbers: 1500 entrants. 750 STRIDER Riders chosen by lottery. Pacifico Yokohama Exhibition convention center with over 215,000 sq. feet.

"I’m super excited to visit Japan in December and be a part of the Japan STRIDER Cup Finals.  Our Japanese Strider distributor, Mr. Okajima and the Mamegyorai team, do an amazing job of running events and the Japanese Strider riders and parents are so enthusiastic that I’m sure this is going to be the biggest and best Strider event I've ever attended.  This will be my first time visiting Japan so after the race, I’m looking forward to seeing some of the sights."  ~Ryan McFarland (Founder and Chief Enthusiast of Strider)

Japan is where STRIDER Cup started, so it is fitting that Ryan will be there to see the largest STRIDER racing event EVER! December 9th is going to be a crazy day of STRIDER World Cup racing action in Yokohama! Word is that there will be an autograph session as well...luckily James (Int'l business manager) will be along to keep Ryan grounded.

If you happen to be in the Tokyo/Yokohama area come check it out on December 9th. It promises to be a memorable event for all involved! More information can be found HERE (Google Chrome will translate contents for you)

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Published in Around The World

With only 3 weeks to go until the 2012 STRIDER World Championship we're all getting excited to head down to Sarasota! We've tried to pack in the maximum allowable amount of fun into this year's event...if only the days were longer. The calendar is also available on Strider Life and you could add ideas on Dining or spare time activities there as well.

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Published in Strider Events
Saturday, 08 September 2012 12:19

Happy STRIDERday From Osaka, Japan!

We're getting closer to the STRIDER World Championship and Sarasota Kids Fest. Here is a fun video from Osaka, Japan to get you in the Strider Cup spirit!

Now get outside and enjoy a beautiful day with your STRIDER Rider(s)! Have a great Saturday.

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Published in Around The World
Saturday, 02 June 2012 12:19

Happy STRIDERday: Japan Edition

We're always looking for new videos from STRIDER riders and groups from all over the world. Japan has once again taken top prize for the coolest international STRIDER video!

Time to step it up, all of you other countries!

Have a great Saturday...now get out and Stride!

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Published in Around The World

Strider Cup was pioneered in Japan, made it's way to the United States and is now active all over the globe! Last year's winner of the 5 year old class at the Strider World Championship in Sarasota, Florida has recently mastered a new STRIDER skill which will serve him well when he starts racing BMX. Watch the short clip below and try not to be impressed with his skills.

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Ryunosuke will be too old to race in this year's Championship race (October 12th-14th in Sarasota), but hopefully this video will inspire some other STRIDER racers.

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Published in Around The World
Monday, 30 April 2012 22:19

There Is Still Snow In Japan!

It has been an unusually warm winter in StriderVille! When the STRIDER Ski Attachments arrived we barely even had any slush to test them out, but that was enough for the first ever STRIDER Snow Cup!

Luckily they still had snow when the first shipment arrived in Japan! This great video from the first Strider Snow Cup in Japan makes us really excited for the snow to start flying next Winter. Stride On!

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Published in Adventure Striding
Saturday, 10 March 2012 12:18

Happy STRIDERday: Japanese Snow Addition

Even though it may feel like Spring in most places these days, there are still 10 days of Winter left! Japanese STRIDER riders and their parents are pioneers in STRIDER customizations and they don't stop when the snow flies. Check out this great video of the parents riding their modified STRIDER Bikes with ski attachments.

Make sure to keep checking back for the announcement of: 1. The STRIDER Ski attachment (Just in time for the last of the Spring snow) and 2. The First Annual STRIDER Snow Cup and Adventure Zone to take place at Terry Peak Ski Resort in the beautiful Black Hills of South Dakota! The date is tentatively scheduled for 3/31/12 and the price will be $25 which includes a set of ski attachments, entry to the STRIDER Snow Cup and Adventure Zone and a ribbons for all. Bring your own STRIDER or ride one of our demos.

Have a great Saturday!

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Published in Around The World
Saturday, 11 February 2012 12:55

Happy STRIDERday: Japanese Snow STRIDER

It is finally feeling like Winter in Striderville...cold weather with a smattering of snow.  We thought this video from StriderLife user Ryohei would get everybody in the Winter spirit. We are constantly amazed at the ingenuity of the STRIDER fans...this video of home-made snow attachments is a great example.

Have a great Saturday!

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Published in Parents Are Talking

The USA BMX Gator Nationals are taking place this weekend.  It is the 3rd of 31 National STRIDER World Cup races that will be taking place all over the country.

It sometimes seems overwhelming when we think about all of the pre-race, day of race and post-race work that needs to get done. When we're feeling like this we watch this video (from our Japanese friends) to remember how much fun the 2011 STRIDER World Championships were! The parents, and Strider employees had a blast (of course the STRIDER Riders did too!)

Ryan McFarland, STRIDER founder and chief enthusiast, still tells the story of his "epic fall" during the adult race in 2011.  Mark your calendars now for the 12th-14th of October 2012 in Sarasota, FL. We'll have to wait and see what stories come out of 2012...they are sure to be good.

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Published in Our Passionate Staff

Hinata got a STRIDER for Christmas! His Mom was super excited and posted to www.StriderLife.com, but she was a bit anxious because she had never seen other STRIDER riders around their neighborhood.

After having a dialogue in the introduction forum for a few days another STRIDER parent suggested that she look into some of the Japanese STRIDER clubs that had been posting videos and messages in other areas of the website.

Yesterday, this video was posted with a brief cameo of Hinata at the very end.  He is loving his STRIDER as much as his Mom and has found some Stridering partners to boot. If you haven't checked out StriderLife yet, drop in and introduce yourself...maybe you'll find somebody in your area to ride with!

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Published in Parents Are Talking
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