Strider World Cup and all the Racers had an exciting Olympic filled time in Chula Vista last weekend! The weather was great, the track was in excellent condition and we're sure all the STRIDER Racers slept soundly through the night. To purchase high resolution photos from the event visit www.MJTDesigns.com and make sure to tell him STRIDER sent you

See you on June 30th in South Jordan, Utah for the Great Salt Lake Nationals!

4 Year Old STRIDER
1  Andrew Destefani - San Diego, CA
2  Shawn Josafat - Spring Valley, CA

3 Year Old STRIDER
1  Ashley Klein "LDC" - CHANDLER, AZ
2  Silas James Cota
3  Jakob Krenek, Team MJT Designs - TUCSON, AZ
4  Ian Ledesma, J&R Bicycles - Moreno  Valley, CA
5  Roan Walkenhorst - El Cajon, CA

2 & Under Strider
1  Drake "The Duck" Richardson, RCG Inc - La Jolla, CA
2  Maxim Cunningham - Hollister, CA
3  Mikko Lopez - Chandler, AZ
4  Riley Moore - Riverside, CA
5  Sonny Wesselman - Temecula, CA
6  Holden Hammonds - Apple Valley, CA
7  Gavin "HOK" Yogues, Team HOK9 - Corona, CA
8  Javier Munoz

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Published in Strider Racing

What a great chance for your STRIDER Rider (future Olympian?) to ride with Olympians from all over the globe! This weekend in Chula Vista will be the final race before the games as they prepare for London next month. Strider World Cup racing starts with practice on the London Replica Track around 11:20 with races starting around 11:45.

First Stop Chula Vista. Olympics in 2024?

Strider Cup Racing Info:
-Registration handled by USA BMX @ their Registration Semi-trailer from 2pm to 5pm on Friday (6/15) and 7:30am to 9:30am on Saturday (6/16)
-Participants to meet at Strider tent Saturday (6/16) at 11 am for Pre-Race info.
-Racing on Saturday (6/16) starts with practice at 11:20 with races to start at 11:45 or asap.
-Race Entry Fee: $25 which includes Membership in USA BMX/Strider
-Additional STRIDER World Cup Races at USA BMX National events are $25 each

Published in Strider Racing
Saturday, 16 June 2012 12:19

2 Year Old's First Time At The Pump Track

We've said it before and we're saying it again; Pump Tracks are great fun for STRIDER riding! They also seem to be popping up all over the place. Cities and counties are including them in parks, almost every BMX track has one and more ambitious parents are building them in their backyards!

Here is a great new video of a 2 year old and his first time on the brand new Markham Park pump track in Florida. I kept looking for gator snouts poking out of the water behind him.

Have an awesome Saturday! Now get outside and have some fun!

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Published in Adventure Striding

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Ready...Set...Stride! The STRIDER racers were small in number, but huge in skill, speed and enthusiasm! Check out the photos and post some of your own at Strider Life

We'll see you this weekend at the US Open Nationals in Chula Vista, CA! It's going to be an amazing event with Olympic BMX Riders all over!

4 Year Old STRIDER
1 Pierce Gansen - Menasha, WI
2 Marley Salisbury - Cedar Springsm MI
3 Bodin Sims

3 Year Old STRIDER
1 Matthew Jahnke - North Prairie, WI
2 Chase Miller - White Lake, MI
3 Payton Robinson - Findlay, OH
4 Logan Gil

2 & under STRIDER
1 Brandt Ammon - Union, KY
2 Berkley Shay - CT

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Published in Strider Racing
Saturday, 09 June 2012 12:19

Happy STRIDERday: Lyons Pump Track Girl

Here is a dramatic masterpiece involving a young STRIDER Rider conquering her fear of the pump track in Lyons, CO.

Hope you're having a great Saturday with your STRIDER Riders! Check out the short movie and then get outside and conquer some of your own fears!

Stride On!

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Published in Parents Are Talking

Starting today Friday (6/8) and running through Sunday (6/10) is the Lyons Outdoor Games in beautiful Lyons, Colorado! If you are in the vicinity (Just west of Longmont, a short hop north of Boulder, and a bit south of Estes Park) and you love all things outdoors then this is the place to be this weekend. There are events for everybody (even the dog) in the family including a STRIDER Adventure Zone and STRIDER Rider Clinic.

Get out there and have some fun with other STRIDER families, be inspired by the "big kids", and celebrate the outdoor lifestyle.

Tell them STRIDER sent you!

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Published in Strider Events

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The track was amazing this last weekend in Nashville, TN for the Music City Nationals! 18 STRIDER World Cup racers warmed up the track for the pros. Go to www.StriderLife.com to share your stories and photos from Nashville as well as view more photos from Eric Abney.

Look for us this weekend in the thumb of the oven mitt of Michigan (aka Davison, MI outside of Flint) at Richfield Park BMX during the Great Lakes Nationals!

Stride On!

4 Year Old STRIDER
1 Aiden Gilbert - Atlanta, GA
2 Sierra Fitzmayer - Woodlawn, TN
3 Katelyn Harris - Nashville, TN
4 "Cowgirl" Kynlie Baird - Oklahoma City, OK
5 Jude Bambic - Nolensville, TN

3 Year Old STRIDER
1 Maximus "Tuba" Nichols - O'Fallon, MO
2 Matthew Jahnke - North Prairie, WI
3 Ryman Bain - Nolensville, TN
4 Kolton Mockobee
5 Collin Momper - Jonesboro, GA
6 Chloe "Wild Wild" West - Big Ring Travis Racing, Nashville, TN

2 & UNDER STRIDER
1 Mikaela Gilbert - Atlanta, GA
2 Mercedez "Sadie Bug" Carter - Team Epic 9/Carter Nation, Trumann, AR
3 Jayce "Boo Bear" Grieve - Team Deluxx Bikes - Cabot, AR
4 Brandt Ammon - Union, KY
5 Berkley Shay - CT
6 Lilliana Sanchez - Kissimmee, FL
7 Josephine Jackson - Nashville, TN

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Published in Strider Racing
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

Rapid City, South Dakota (May 30, 2012) – Strider Sports International, the world’s premier manufacturer and marketer of children’s no-pedal balance bikes for toddlers learning to ride, has announced a charitable partnership with the UnitedHealthcare Children’s Foundation (UHCCF). Strider Sports International is donating 500 bikes to UHCCF throughout 2012 to be distributed to children at various UHCCF fundraising events and to raise funds for its child medical grant program. In addition, Strider Sports will donate a percentage of bike sales throughout the year to UHCCF.

The UnitedHealthcare Children’s Foundation provides medical grants, up to $5,000, to help families pay for children’s health care treatments, services or equipment not covered, or not fully covered, by a commercial health insurance plan. In 2011, UHCCF awarded more than 1,200 grants to families across the United States for treatments associated with medical conditions such as cancer, spina bifida, muscular dystrophy, diabetes, hearing loss, autism, cystic fibrosis, Down syndrome, ADHD and cerebral palsy. Eligible families can apply for a grant online at www.uhccf.org.

“We’re thrilled to partner with the UnitedHealthcare Children’s Foundation,” said Ryan McFarland, chief executive officer of Strider Sports International. “And one thing that we share is our passion for happy and healthy kids. At Strider, we love riding bikes and seeing little kids light up with excitement when they get that first taste of the freedom, confidence, and thirst for adventure that comes from that first successful bike experience.”

“We thank Strider Sports for its generous donation of bikes and funding, and for selecting UHCCF as a charitable partner,” said Matt Peterson, president of the UnitedHealthcare Children’s Foundation. “Our two organizations share a passion for improving the health of children, and Strider Sports will help us provide additional medical grants to children in need.”

As part of this partnership, Strider Sports International and the UnitedHealthcare Children’s Foundation will work together throughout the year at a variety of professional sporting events where Strider will host its world-renown, child-friendly “Adventure Zones.” Strider “Adventure Zones” provide an opportunity for children as young as 18 months to ride a Strider bike on different terrains, navigate a number of obstacles, improve bike-handling skills, and socialize with other children. UnitedHealthcare Children’s Foundation volunteers will work with children at the “Adventure Zones” to help create a fun, safe environment.

About Strider Sports International, Inc.

Strider Sports International, Inc. designs efficient, no-pedal balance bikes that encourage Toddlers to ride, learn, and explore the world on two wheels. Founded in Rapid City, South Dakota in January 2007, Strider Sports is a company full of passionate riders of dirt, mountain, street, and road bikes. The goal of Strider Sports is to simplify a bike to its essence, so that proper size, light weight and ease-of-use combine to eliminate any fear of riding; instilling confidence in young new riders. The patented Strider™ No-Pedal Balance Bike is now distributed in over 35 countries. To learn more and to find Strider No-Pedal Balance Bikes in your area, visit www.StriderBikes.com

About UnitedHealthcare Children’s Foundation

The UnitedHealthcare Children’s Foundation (UHCCF) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) public charity that strives to enhance either the clinical condition or quality of life of children who have health care needs not fully covered by their commercial health benefit plan. UHCCF provides medical grants of up to $5,000 for costs associated with medical services and equipment.  UHCCF’s funding is provided by contributions from individuals, corporations and UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH) employees. Donations to help provide assistance are deeply appreciated. To apply, donate or learn more, please visit www.uhccf.org.

 

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Published in Our Passionate Staff

Strider Adventure Zones Give Even the Smallest Fans the Chance to Take the Checkered Flag

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Rapid City, South Dakota (May 22, 2012) - Strider Sports International, the world’s premier manufacturer and marketer of balance bikes, and developer of the patented STRIDER™ No-Pedal Balance Bike, will host three STRIDER Adventure Zones as part of a week-long celebration of the 96th Running of the Indianapolis 500 mile race. Admission to the STRIDER® Adventure Zone is free with paid admission to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Held in the East Museum lot at the world famous Indianapolis Motor Speedway, these free events allow children aged 18-months to four years open riding time, time to socialize with peers, play and practice tricks, and generally have fun while riding the STRIDER™ No-Pedal Balance Bike. Safe, family-friendly environments, Strider Adventure Zones are custom-built, cordoned off courses featuring a variety of terrain and obstacles that encourage children to explore the world on two wheels while developing balance, control, motor skills and confidence in even the youngest riders.

“At Strider Sports we are committed to supporting a fun, healthy, safe and fit lifestyle through bicycling,” says Ryan McFarland, founder and CEO of Strider Sports. “There is nothing quite like seeing a child overflow with confidence and self-esteem when they realize ‘I did it!’ In that moment you know they’ve found a love of cycling that will keep them fit and healthy for years to come.”

Strider Adventure Zones at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway will take place on the following schedule:

• Wednesday, May 23 as part of the “500 Festival community Day at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway”

o 9am – 5pm

• Saturday, May 26 as part of the “Legends Day Celebration”

o 9am – 6pm

• Sunday, May 27 concurrent with the “96th Running of the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race”
o 5:30am – Noon

The UnitedHealthcare Children’s Foundation, Strider’s partner in these events, provides medical grants up to $5,000 to help families pay for children’s health care treatments, services or equipment not covered, or not fully covered, by a commercial health insurance plan. In 2011, UHCCF awarded more than 1,200 grants to families across the United States for treatments associated with medical conditions such as cancer, spina bifida, muscular dystrophy, diabetes, hearing loss, autism, cystic fibrosis, Down syndrome, ADHD and cerebral palsy.  Eligible families can apply for a grant online at www.uhccf.org.

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About Strider Sports International, Inc.
Strider Sports International, Inc. designs efficient, no-pedal balance bikes that encourage toddlers to ride, learn, and explore the world on two wheels. Founded by Ryan McFarland in January 2007, Strider Sports is a company full of passionate riders of dirt, mountain, street, and road bikes. The goal of Strider Sports is to simplify a bike to its essence, so that proper size, lightweight and simplicity combine to eliminate any fear of riding and instill confidence in young new riders. The patented STRIDER™ No-Pedal Bike is now distributed in over 35 countries. To learn more and to find a retailer in your area, visit http://www.StriderBikes.com.

About Strider™ No-Pedal Bikes
If your toddler can walk, your toddler can ride a STRIDER™. STRIDER No-Pedal Balance Bikes were developed specifically to help toddlers and young children learn balance and coordination BEFORE pedaling. The simple, no-pedal design allows toddlers to learn to ride on two wheels, avoiding tricycle tip-overs and training wheel wobbles, and instilling considerable confidence and stellar bike handling skills sure to last a lifetime.  Strider No-Pedal Balance Bikes encourage the development of spatial awareness, balance and basic motor skills so that all children can reach their maximum riding potential faster, better and safer. Available at http://www.StriderBikes.com.

Published in Strider Adventure Zone