Rapid City, SD (June 25, 2016) — Strider Bikes, the world’s leading manufacturer and marketer of children’s no-pedal balance bikes, returned to Pioneer Park in Salt Lake City today for its 2016 Strider Cup Series with the Strider Cup Race presented by Intermountain LDS Hospital. Nearly 250 participants from seven states competed, more than double the number from the 2015 race. The day included races for 2-, 3-, 4- and 5-year-olds, as well as riders of all ages with special needs. In the Special Needs Races, 20 Special Olympics athletes showed off their balance bike riding skills.
Over a thousand friends and family members cheered on their favorite racers. Several were still donning diapers, including Tucker Munns, from Garland, Utah, the youngest competitor at just 19 months old, competing in the 2 and under class. With a broad smile, he navigated cones, ramps and other obstacles along the course.
“We bought the Strider Bike for Tucker less than two weeks ago, just for the race,” said his mother, Erika Munns. “Our other son, Cooper, raced in the 3-year-old class. He has been on a balance bike since he was two years old and loves it.”
In the 2-year-old class, Andrew Yates from South Weber, Utah, took home the top trophy. The 3-year-old class saw heated competition, with Milo Rees of South Jordan, Utah, finishing first. Brekken King from Lindon, Utah, showed up as the last onsite registrant in the 4-year-old class and finished first among his peers. In the 5-year-old class, Aiden Cooper of West Bountiful, Utah, took home the win. A veteran racer, he placed fifth at the 2015 Strider World Championship race in Rapid City, S.D.
The Special Needs Races gave 20 Special Olympics athletes a chance to show off the skills they learned on bikes donated by Strider Sports Int’l. Those athletes from the Jimmy’s Jaguars and the Brighty Bears teams raced the 12” models, as well as Strider’s larger 16” and 20” balance bikes, which the company launched in 2014 specifically for the special needs community.
Dominic Williams, 14, raced in the 2015 Salt Lake City Special Needs Races and again this year. His mom, Terri, said he has completed a 10-mile ride with his Boy Scout group not once, but twice, which is an impressive feat riding a bike with no pedals! “He loves his Strider and was so excited to share that experience with other boys.”
On May 25, Stoel Rives LLC teamed up with Strider to give away 120 Strider Bikes to local youth, including 50 bikes to the Lolie Eccles Early Education Center: Childcare, Preschool & Kindergarten, part of YWCA Utah, and another 50 to the Wasatch Christian Early Learning Center. Several of those recipients participated in the race.
The June 25 race in Salt Lake City was the second of three events in the national Strider Cup racing series. The first Strider Cup race was held June 11 in Lincoln, Nebraska and the next one will be July 9 in Spokane, WA. Participating in any of these events automatically qualifies the rider for the Strider Cup World Championship, July 29-30 at Pier 35 in San Francisco, California. The Strider event page, http://www.striderbikes.com/events has more information on all of the races.
About Strider Sports International, Inc.
Founded in 2007 and headquartered in Rapid City, SD, Strider Sports designs efficient, no-pedal balance bikes for children as young as 18 months, as well as for older riders with special needs. 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 www.StriderBikes.com, like them on Facebook, and follow them on Twitter and Instagram.
About Intermountain LDS Hospital
LDS Hospital has a long tradition of quality healthcare that dates back to 1905. It has since grown to a 220-bed, elite, full-service community hospital serving northern Salt Lake and southern Davis counties. Nestled in the heart of Utah’s most historic neighborhood, LDS Hospital offers a complete range of high-quality wellness, diagnostic, and treatment services to the community while providing excellent clinical outcomes and extraordinary personal service. www.ldshospital.org/.