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Title Sponsor Strider Presents Inspiration Award at Sturgis Hall of Fame Breakfast

Announces Strider Education Foundation

Rapid City, SD (August 23, 2017) — Strider Bikes, the world’s leading manufacturer and marketer of children’s balance bikes, was the presenting sponsor for the 2017 Sturgis Museum Hall of Fame induction ceremonies held on August 9 in conjunction with the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. To kick off the ceremonies, its founder, Ryan McFarland, presented the Strider Inspiration Award to David Drolc, age 10. Despite having Down syndrome, David learned to balance and ride on a Strider 12” balance bike, and most recently, on a motorcycle. Upon watching David master a motorcycle on the large screen video, over 800 leather-clad motorcycle enthusiasts jumped to their feet with a standing ovation for the young man receiving the Inspiration Award. 

“Strider is changing the paradigm of how kids learn to ride and setting the new standard for how young children explore the world on two wheels and ultimately make their own history,” says McFarland. “To that end, we just announced the formation of a non-profit, the Strider Education Foundation, whose mission is to inspire new riders of all abilities to a life of two-wheeled adventures for years to come. Someday, these kids may be future inductees into the Sturgis Museum's Hall of Fame.”

For more information about the Strider Education Foundation, to donate, or to inquire about a Strider Education Foundation donation for an organization, please visit www.StriderEducationFoundation.org.

About Strider Sports International, Inc.

Strider Sports designs efficient, balance bikes for children ages 18 months – 5 years, and for older riders with balance and coordination challenges. Strider’s mission is to simplify a bike, so proper size and weight combine to eliminate fear of riding and instill confidence. Strider Bikes allow riders to learn balance, leaning, and steering; thus eliminating the need for tricycles or training wheels. Founded in 2007 in Rapid City, S.D., Strider has sold over 1.7 million bikes which are distributed in over 75 countries. It has donated over $850,000 through its Rider Fund. Visit www.StriderBikes.com, Facebook or Instagram.

About The Museum

The Sturgis Motorcycle Museum & Hall of Fame's mission is to collect, preserve and interpret the history of motorcycling; honor those who have made a positive and significant impact on the sport and lifestyle; and pay tribute to the heritage of the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. Our vision is to continue as a world-class museum offering comprehensive and educational exhibits and showcasing rare and unusual motorcycles significant to our history and our sport. The Sturgis Motorcycle Museum & Hall of Fame stands out because of the fact that we not only document the history of the machines, we document the history of the people who have shaped and changed the sport and lifestyle. This will be a resource and inspiration for future generations. Honor the Ride… Build the Legacy!

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Strider Sports Celebrates 10th Anniversary with Birthday Bash

Free Strider Festival to Take Over Main Street Square August 26th

Rapid City, SD (August 15, 2017) — Strider Sports Int’l., Inc, the world’s premier balance bike manufacturer and South Dakota company is planning to throw a party in its hometown of Rapid City, SD to celebrate ten years of success on Saturday, August 26, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The public is invited to help Strider celebrate at the Strider 10th Anniversary Birthday Bash!  Strider has been teaching kids around the world how to balance and ride on its balance bike since 2007, and it all started here – in Rapid City. There will be a variety of toddler-focused, fun activities for young Strider riders and their parents, including traditional birthday celebration activities, fun riding courses and obstacles, contests, games, and more. No prior riding experience necessary. Families should be sure to bring their Strider bike and their toddler-aged rider.  All FREE to the public.

Strider Sports was founded by Ryan McFarland in January 2007 and has sold over 1.7 million no-pedal balance bikes in over 75 countries since that time. Strider 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 physical disabilities. The patented Strider Balance Bikes focus on the fundamentals of balancing, leaning, and steering without the distractions and complications of pedals or training wheels.

About Strider Sports International, Inc.

Strider Sports designs efficient, no-pedal balance bikes for children age 18 months - 5, and for older riders with balance and coordination challenges. Strider’s mission is to simplify a bike, so proper size and weight combine to eliminate fear of riding and instill confidence. Strider Bikes allow riders to learn balance, leaning and steering; thus eliminating the need for tricycles or training wheels. Founded in 2007 in Rapid City, S.D., Strider has sold over 1.7 million bikes and is distributed in over 75 countries. It has donated over $850,000 through its Rider Fund. Visit www.StriderBikes.com, Facebook or Instagram.

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Thank You Soooo much for coming out to the 2017 Strider Cup World Championship!

Wow – what an amazing record/breaking day of international toddler Strider bike racing! Nearly 400 toddlers from 14 countries and 30 riders with special needs competed for the worlds fastest Strider bike rider in Saturday's races held at Gallivan Center in Salt Lake City. Little legs lined up behind the 24 foot start gate and strode over, through and around various obstacles along the 777 foot custom built race course. We all witnessed little Finn transfer up four times in the 3-year old category and we were blown away by the speed of the Japanese riders who in the end swept all the titles. 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, Dannon Yogurt mustaches, and racing!
 
A huge thank you to all the racers, their families, and to our title sponsor Dannon and their staff from West Jordan Utah for the support, yogurt and for donating bikes to the Salt Lake Head Start. A big thanks also to Competitive Cyclist for the Free Strider Adventure Zone and to LDS Hospital, The Color Run, Chick-Fil-A and Real Shades. Thanks also to the Gallivan Center as well as the City of Salt Lake City for their support! We had a fantastic time this weekend 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 2018!

We're already in the planning stages for 2018! Make sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest to get the latest news.

Photos are available on our Flickr page: Friday Night, and Saturday (Race Day)

Video:

News Coverage: KSL TV, ABC 4, Salt Lake Tribune, Deseret News, Deseret News (Special Needs Coverage) Telemundo Utah (live feed), Telemundo Utah (Starting at 1:35), The Week, MSN.com, Triathlete.com, Standard-Examiner

 

A HUGE shout out to Dannon, our title sponsor, and our class sponsors; Intermountain LDS Hospital, Competitive Cyclist, The Color Run, and Chick-fil-A City Creek Center!

 

results from each "A main" race:

2 year old AND UNDER CLASS - TOTAL RIDERS = 101

  • 1#162 - Kaisei Nishimura - Tokyo, Japan
  • 2#135 - Luke "Duke" Liberto - Mount Airy, MD
  • 3#201 - Jax Awekamp - Salt Lake City, UT
  • 4#134 - Huxley Fair - Morrison, CO
  • 5#103 - Emitt Prado - Martinez, CA
  • 6#120 - Mikito "Mickey" Takamatsu - Bangkok, Thailand
  • 7#139 - Carson "Squishy" Robbins - West Jordan, UT
  • 8#172 - Masen Winfrey - Ogden, UT
  • 9#126 - Hunter Falk - Kamas, UT
  • 10#178 - Mason Burns - Syracuse, UT
  • 11#191 - Beckett Wood - Mapleton, UT
  • 12#118 - Ryder Fowler - West Point, UT
  • 13#150 - Rudy Davis - Bluffdale, UT
  • 14#193 - Elsie Stone - Lehi, UT

 

3 Year old CLASS - TOTAL RIDERS = 137

  • 1#142 - Raito Kaneko - Yonezawa, Japan
  • 2#125 - Yuhi "Super Yuhi" Otake - Hirakata, Japan
  • 3#157 - Eddie Wei - Taoyuan City, Taiwan
  • 4#174 - Mioko "Mio" Oka - Nagoya, Japan
  • 5#140 - Misaki "Misakix" Takao - Ikoma, Japan
  • 6#130 - Kai Murayama - Okazaki-shi Aichi-ken, Japan
  • 7#133 - Minato "Minapon" Watanabe - Kyotanabe City, Japan
  • 8#112 - Weston Storey - Ogden, UT
  • 9#182 - Logan Nielson - Saratoga Springs, UT
  • 10#183 - Cruz "Cruzy the Racer" Gallegos - Santa Fe, NM
  • 11#126 - Lukas Nielsen - Price, UT
  • 12#165 - Jace Gardner - West Jordan, UT

 

4 Year old CLASS - TOTAL RIDERS = 76

  • 1#128 - Taiga Kuwahara - Mishima-shi, Japan
  • 2#116 - Kei Murayama - Okazaki-shi Aichi-ken, Japan
  • 3#119 - Keiya Takamatsu - Bangkok, Thailand
  • 4#123 - Kohaku "Kohachi" Miyazaki - Oosakasi, Japan
  • 5#137 - Zion Angela - Savaneta, Aruba
  • 6#135 - Greg Santiago Delgado - Turrubares, Costa Rica
  • 7#117 - Chen "A bao" Pinchi - New Taipei City, Taiwan
  • 8#108 - Jacob Bodamer - South Jordan, UT
  • 9#156 - Khoi "Tin" Tran Minh - Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam
  • 10#136 - Gage Holladay - Midvale, UT
  • 11#148 - Reed "Reedo" Mahin - Jackson, ID
  • 12#139 - Holden Denton - Heber, UT
  • 13#109 - Charles "Charlie" Noyola - Redwood City, CA

 

5 year old CLASS - TOTAL RIDERS = 43

  • 1#112 - Waku Kunitate - Nisshinshi, Japan
  • 2#111 - Nick "Nicknack" Wangvilai - Bangkok, Thailand
  • 3#104 - Sota Suzuki - Anjyo, Japan
  • 4#126 - Haruka Nagao - Chiyoda-ku, Japan
  • 5#105 - Ryuhey "Ryu" Satoh - Akirunoshi, Japan
  • 6#114 - Ruka Izumitani - Inazawa, Japan
  • 7#115 - Yamato Ogata - Higasioumi-si, Japan
  • 8#102 - Taro Matsuzawa - Gunma-ken, Japan
  • 9#119 - Shito Kimura - Mishima, Japan
  • 10#116 - Ryutaro "Taro" Fukuoka - Saitama-ken, Japan
  • 11#106 - Yudai Nagai - Kyoto-shi, Japan
  • 12#117 - Amane Kaneko - Yonezawa, Japan
  • 13#113 - Namiki "Namikix" Takao - Ikoma, Japan

     

    Special needs Strider Class - Total Riders = 30

     

    Lucy Lewis
    Calder Almoney
    Mariah Proctor
    Katie Proctor
    Ailey Proctor
    Kyler Westmoreland
    Brooklyn Cope
    Xander Love
    Savannah Love
    Jacob Connell
    Hendrick Frame
    Maddox Bird
    Rhett Bird
    Holland Van Gelder
    Sebastian Van Gelder
    Molli Vernon
    Sabine Coleman
    Joey Vandermeide
    Dominic Williams
    Hunter Clark
    William Weedon
    Olivia Heiner
    Jacob Brown
    Haylie Brown
    Savannah Nelson
    Kyrie Nelson
    Monica Weedon
    Davis Pauley
    Sara Clark
    Emma Clark

     

     

       

      Published in In The News
      Tuesday, 11 July 2017 12:12

      June Strider Photo Contest Winners!

      52 amazing entries in June made it a tough month for the Strider staff to pick the top 3! Below are the winning photos as voted on by the staff at Strider HQ for June. You can check All of the other entries on our Flickr Page.

      If you were one of the top 3 selected you will receive an email with your gift certificate information by next week.

      Make sure you're snapping photos and entering each month!

      1st Place June 2018 web

      1st Place - Striding With Mom and Dad - USA

       

      2nd Place June 2018 Web

      2nd Place - WOOOOW - Costa Rica

       

      3rd Place June 2018 Web

      3rd Place - Big Strides - USA 

      Published in Parents Are Talking
      Thursday, 15 June 2017 08:34

      May Strider Photo Contest Winners!

      May was another month of amazing Strider Photo Contest entries! Below are the top 3 photos as voted on by the staff at Strider HQ from May. You can check All of the other entries on our Flickr Page.

      If you were one of the top 3 selected you will receive an email with your gift certificate information by next week.

      Make sure you're snapping photos and entering each month!

      1st Place May 2018 web

      1st Place - Striding With A Buddy - USA

       

      2nd Place May 2018 web

      2nd Place - Feet Up and Cruising - USA

       

      3rd Place May web

      3rd Place - Big Smiles - USA 

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      Strider Sports Int'l, Inc. was highlighted during the Global Innovation Forum at Google's offices in Washington D.C.! 

      "The Global Innovation Forum is a nonprofit effort to connect entrepreneur, small business, development, and university communities with policymakers and select corporations to explore the opportunities and challenges of engaging in the global marketplace. GIF serves as a hub for business, university and development communities around the world to communicate with officials and corporations, discover public and private resources to help them succeed, and improve the public policy landscape to enable global innovation. GIF is a project of the 501(c) (3) National Foreign Trade Council Foundation."

       

      Read the full report HERE and scroll down for the Interview with Strider founder, Ryan McFarland.

       

       

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      It's our tenth anniversary and we're giving away ten prizes to Strider parents from around the globe! The 2017 Strider World Strider Day Photo Contest had almost 200 entries from seventeen countries. The randomly selected winners are below, and all of the entries can be found on our Flickr page.

      If you see your photo below you will receive an email notification with more information by next week. A huge thanks to everyone who entered...if you didn't win make sure to keep snapping photos and send them in for the monthly photo contest and the Where Has Your Strider Taken You contest.

      awebUSA

      USA


      bwebItaly

      Italy

      cwebCanada

      Canada

      dwebThailand

      Thailand

      ewebHongKong

      Hong Kong

      fwebCostaRica

      Costa Rica

      gwebUSA

      USA

      hwebUSA

      USA

      iwebsizeUSA

      USA

      jwebUK

      UK

       

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      Wednesday, 10 May 2017 15:23

      April Strider Photo Contest Winners!

      April was another month of amazing Strider Photo Contest entries! Below are the top 3 photos as voted on by the staff at Strider HQ from April. You can check All of the other entries on our Flickr Page.

      If you were one of the top 3 selected you will receive an email with your gift certificate information by next week.

      Make sure you're snapping photos and entering each month!

      1stPlaceApril2018Web

      1st Place - Sandstone Exploration - USA

       

      2ndPlaceApril2018Web

      2nd Place - Watch This, Mom! - USA

       

      3rdPlaceApril2018Web

      3rd Place - Don't Forget To Stay Hydrated - Philippines 

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      Monday, 21 August 2017 10:44

      Strider 10th Anniversary Birthday Bash!

      It's Our Birthday! Come Celebrate With Us!

      Come one, come all to the biggest Birthday Bash Strider has ever thrown!  That’s right, we’re celebrating our 10th Birthday Bash on Saturday, August 26th in our hometown of Rapid City, SD.  Join the party at Main Street Square from 10am to 2pm as we host this free event to the public!  It’s our way of thanking the wonderful people who have supported us for that last 10 years, and we couldn’t think of a better way to do it than party!

      Bring your rider! Bring their Strider Bike!  Bring their helmet!

      strider logos b day bashBe ready to party under the sun!  Check out all the super cool activities we’ll have available:

      • Starting Ramp
      • Small Strider Cup Race Course
      • Crazy Bike Course
      • Pump Track
      • Carnival Games
      • Crazy Adventure Zone
      • Rocker Base Row
      • Strider Art Alley
      • Time Race Course
      • Photo Booths
      • Face Painting
      • Mall Track
      • Cake Booth
      • Tattoo Booth
      • And More!

       

      For the last 10 years, we’ve been teaching toddlers and children around the world how to ride bikes.  Come help us celebrate in the town that started it all!  We would love to see all the little Strider Riders out there who have the same enthusiasm and love of riding that we have at Strider.

      In addition to all of the crazy, cool events we have planned, we’ll also have music, shopping, food, games, and more!  So, come on down with your little one and celebrate the Strider way!  Don't worry about parking!  The city parking ramp next to Main Street Square is free on weekends.

      Don't forget to bring your bike and your helmet!

      Can’t join us in Rapid City for the party? Don’t worry!  There are plenty of other ways to help us celebrate our 10th Birthday Bash.  Be sure to check out our anniversary page to see how you can participate in this monumental milestone!  From our Strider Calendar Contest to the Strider Challenge Contest, there are plenty of ways to show your Strider support and help share the Strider love.  

       

       

       

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      Wednesday, 12 April 2017 04:43

      March Strider Calendar Contest Winners!

      March was another month of great Strider Calendar Contest entries! Every picture shows a unique perspective on each Strider rider's love of riding. Below are the top 3 photos as voted on by the staff at Strider HQ from March. You can check All of the other entries on our Flickr Page.

      If you were one of the top 3 selected you will receive an email with your gift certificate information by next week.

      Make sure you're snapping photos and entering each month!

      1aFirst

      1st Place - Feet Up, Big Smile - USA

       

      2nd Place March 2017

      2nd Place - Lean Into the Turn - Japan

       

      1cThird

      3rd Place - Two Year Old Shredder - USA 

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