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3rd Annual STRIDER World Championship Races

Toddlers from Around World to Compete in 3rd Annual

STRIDER World Championship Races
 Strider Sports Intl. Hosts Annual Strider World Championship at Country's Oldest BMX Track

Rapid City, S.D.  Sept. 30, 2013 ­- Helmets are buckled, jerseys pressed and little legs prepped for push-off as parents watch from the racetrack sideline, holding their breath and hoping that their little one crosses the finish line first. This is the anticipated scene at the third annual 2013 Strider World Championships taking place in Sarasota, Fla. October 11 - 13 when families come together from around the world for a weekend full of racing and family fun.


The Strider World Championships are both the annual culmination of regional races happening across the United States and around the world as well as an organized celebration of STRIDER culture weekend for young riders and their families. Competing head to head at Sarasota BMX, the nation's longest running BMX track, even the smallest of STRIDER riders will get a taste of the big leagues.


Strider Sports Intl. will kick-off the weekend on Friday October 11 at 5pm EST. After the opening ceremonies, STRIDER riders will then get the chance to take a few practice turns around the track to either qualify last minute or to perfect their skills for the big race on Saturday, October 12.


After a full day of riding, racing, and fun activities on Saturday, families and kids will love the low-key day on Sunday. The morning starts out with some freestyle riding at the local skate park followed by some relaxation at the host hotel with their new STRIDER community friends.  Later that afternoon, parents get one more chance to cheer for their toddlers at the "STRIDERS in the Surf" beach parade. The weekend ends with a special luau themed meal and entertainment at the host hotel.


"How many people can say they raced in a world-wide athletic competition at the age of two?" asks Ryan McFarland, Strider founder and CEO. "Watching families come together from all over the world is the highlight of our year. And we love to see families and kids from here in the United States make friends with people from Japan, Europe and around the world - all because of their shared love of STRIDER bikes."


"Sarasota County continues to draw world class sports events because we have world class facilities," said Carolyn Brown, Sarasota County Parks and Recreation General Manager. "We are proud to host the 2013 Strider World Championships and look forward to a great weekend of racing and family fun."


World Championship Race Details

At the Strider World Championship race, riders are divided into heats where two, three, four and five year olds race against kids their own age from different corners of the world. Pre-registration for $25 is open online until October 7, at noon (MST). Friday's Last Chance Qualifying Informal Practice and Saturday's Championship Race both require pre-registration whether online or onsite. Without pre-registration, Friday Practice is $10 and Saturday's Race is $25. Parents can register their toddlers online at


All riders must be registered before entering the track. At a minimum, each rider will race in one heat race plus one main event race. Toddlers must ride a STRIDER ST bike; they can either bring their own STRIDER or rent one at the event. A full list of rules and equipment requirements are available for parents at


STRIDER bikes are proven to increase balance and large motor skills in kids as young as 18 months. Across the board, parents, educators and health professionals notice an instant boost in confidence in kids who start to bike early.  STRIDER bikes help kids learn to ride at a younger age than historically possible and set the stage for healthy and active lifestyles. 

Strider® Bikes Announces the Lightest STRIDER™ in the World
The Newest In Strider's Line Of Popular No-Pedal Balance Bikes Sports An Ultra Light, Aluminum Frame For Maximum Performance 

Rapid City, SD (September 25, 2013) - Strider Sports Intl., Inc., the world's premier manufacturer and marketer of children's no-pedal balance bikes, is bringing lightweight performance to a new level with the new STRIDER ST-PRO. Designed for kids aged eighteen months to five years old, the STRIDER ST-PRO will have children cruising on asphalt, grass, and even more demanding obstacles with the strength of an aluminum frame for total control on any terrain.


The STRIDER ST-PRO was designed and built based on the same, simple, lightweight, no-pedal design as the original STRIDER No-Pedal Balance Bike. It is the perfect bike for toddlers to start exploring life on two wheels. The lightweight durability of the aluminum frame makes it a true multi-functional bike for the adventuresome child. And at under five pounds, it is the lightest STRIDER available to date. The STRIDER ST-PRO received impressive reactions during its debut this past week at Interbike 2013 in Las Vegas.


The STRIDER ST-PRO offers many of the same features as the STRIDER ST-4 model, but with an emphasis on lightweight performance.


* Simple, ultra-lightweight design (4.9 pounds)
  o Perfect for toddlers aged 18 months - 5 years old.

* All-Aluminum Frame, Fork, Handlebars, and Seat post
  o Lightweight and Stylish look from a true aluminum frame

* Patented STRIDER LAUNCHPAD Footrests
  o Uniquely integrated into frame and positioned for advanced riding skills.

* Puncture-Proof EVA Polymer Tires
  o Eliminate flats at approximately half the weight of an inflatable tire.

* Adjustable Seat & Handlebar
  o Keeps bike properly fit for a growing child - all the way from 18 months to 5 years!

* Stylish Number Plate 


"The STRIDER ST-PRO is a natural progression for Strider Bikes," said Ryan McFarland, Founder and President of Strider Bikes. "The aluminum frame is the perfect way for STRIDER Riders to take the next step with their riding, whether it's onto the playground or the dirt track. We can't wait to see toddlers enjoying life on two wheels in more ways than ever before!"

Note to Editors: Strider logos are available at High-resolution images of children riding STRIDER No-Pedal Balance Bikes can be requested by emailing:


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 worldwide. To learn more and to find a retailer in your area, visit


About Strider™ No-Pedal Bikes

If your toddler can walk, your toddler can rider 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

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STRIDER SPORTS INT'L, INC.                  (605) 342-0266

1820 SAMCO RD.                           RAPID CITY, SD 57702 

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