Strider Bike-Racing Toddlers Take Over Fort Worth’s Sundance Square

May 10, 2017 View Comments by

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I know we just posted about Strider, but who doesn’t love to see happy, active children? They’re our future.

In honor of the day’s Strider Cup race at Sundance Square in Fort Wort, TX, Governor Greg Abbott declared May 6 Youth Cycling Day. Nearly 200 racers participated in the race, the first of three events in the national Strider Cup racing series. This was the first time Strider has hosted a race in Texas. Families came from around the Lone Star State, as well as California, Colorado, Louisiana, Oklahoma, and Washington.

Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price gave tips to the Strider Balance Bike racers in the two-year-old and under class, which included the youngest competitor—diaper-clad 19-month-old Abigail Crossland from Wichita Falls, TX.

“Abigail started riding her Strider Bike at just 14 months old,” said Brett Crossland, Abigail’s father. “Now she wakes up, grabs her helmet and is at the back door waiting to go most mornings. We’re glad to see her excited about her bike instead of a screen or other toys.”

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Mayor Betsy Price with two-year-old racers.

All racers were treated to a celebratory podium award ceremony after their main race, where they received either a trophy or a medal and posed for the cheering crowd. The event included races for two-, three-, four- and five-year-olds, and Special Needs Races for all ages and abilities. Before the race, Strider worked with Special Olympics to donate 20 bikes to KinderFrogs School at Texas Christian University, an early-intervention educational program for children ages 18 months to six years with Down syndrome and other developmental delays.

Strider also worked with the Dannon Company in Fort Worth to donate 50 Strider Bikes and helmets to families in the Fort Worth community prior to the day’s race.

The other two Strider Cup races will be held May 27 in Pittsburgh, PA, and June 10 in Lincoln, NE. Participating in any of these events automatically qualifies the rider for the Strider Cup World Championship, July 21-22 in Salt Lake City, Utah. The Strider event page, www.striderbikes.com/events has more information on all of the races.

Text and Photography: Strider Bikes

 

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