RAPID CITY, S.D., May 1, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- May is National Bike Month, and since 2007, Strider Balance Bikes have trumped tricycles as the best way to teach toddlers to ride. Strider Sports, the world's leading manufacturer and marketer of children's no-pedal balance bikes, is celebrating 10 years in business and over 1.6 million Strider® Bikes sold with several global consumer contests and the designation of Tuesday, May 9 as World Strider Day.
The Governor of South Dakota, Dennis Daugaard, has proclaimed May 9 as World Strider Day to recognize the importance of inspiring healthy activities for very young children. In the Proclamation, the Governor also cites Strider's contribution to teaching children as young as 18 months how to ride on two wheeled bicycles. The Strider Story video shares how and why Strider Bikes have changed lives: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OKtL8a4IvX8.
Strider distributors in over 75 countries are encouraging Strider Bike riding families to submit photos of young children riding Strider Bikes, using #WorldStriderDay on Instagram and Twitter. Strider Sports is encouraging fans check out its Facebook Page prior to May 9 to learn how they can win one of ten Limited Edition Gold 10th Anniversary STRIDER® 12 Custom Balance Bikes to help celebrate this special day and year.
May 9 was selected because it is the birthday of Bode McFarland, the son of founder and company President, Ryan McFarland and "original Strider Bike rider."
Additional contests and celebrations are planned throughout 2017, including a Birthday Bash on August 26 in Main Street Square, Rapid City, S.D. Continue to watch Strider's Facebook Page throughout the year for more opportunities to win Strider gear and to participate in fun events.
Top 10 Strider Milestones
2007: Strider Sports founded in Rapid City, S.D.
2009: First bikes distributed outside North America; starts in Japan – now sold in 75+ countries
2011: First Strider World Championship Race – now dozens of races taking place around the world
2013: First Strider Education Class
2014: Strider Rider Fund launches – $850,000+ donated to date
2014: Strider awarded Interbike's Next Generation Award
2015: Participation in Special Olympics World Games Torch Run
2015: Strider sells 1 millionth bike – now 1.6M+ sold
2016: Launch of Strider Custom Realtree Bike and Strider Rocking Base
2017: S.D. Governor declares May 9 as World Strider Day
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 1.6 million bikes and is distributed in over 75 countries. It has donated over $850,000 through its Rider Fund.
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