VACAVILLE — The Strider Championship Race that’s scheduled May 10 at Andrews Park will give children ages 2 through 5 a chance to test their skills through obstacles and ramps.
Strider Sports International, manufacturer of children’s no-pedal balance bikes, sponsors the event running from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the park in downtown Vacaville. Local sponsors are Kiddie Academy in Vacaville and Mission Solano.
Heats will take place for 2-, 3-, 4- and 5-year-olds at each of the races, with the 2-year-olds lining up at the start gate at 10 a.m. Registration fees apply. Racers will receive a Strider goodie bag. Preregistration is open now. Readers should visit www.StriderBikes.com for more information.
A typical Strider race scene has young parents and grandparents holding their breath as the bright yellow cowbells are rung and the starting gate drops, the company said in press materials. Toddlers, some still in diapers, lean forward, grasp their mini grips, kick their short legs and embark upon their 400-foot-plus journey over obstacles from dirt mounds to wooden ramps, the company said.
All young racers are treated to an Olympic-style podium award ceremony immediately after their race, where trophies almost as tall as some of the riders are given to top finishers, Strider Sports said. All participants receive either a trophy or a medal.
Participating in any of these events will automatically qualify the rider for the Strider World Championship. The series-ending race will take place in September in Rapid City, S.D. — world headquarters for Strider Sports International Inc. Visit www.StriderWorldChampionship.com for more information.
The family festival taking place May 10 will include a free Strider Adventure Zone where children can test ride a Strider and play with other children in a cordoned-off area. All activities will take place at Andrews Park at 718 E. Monte Vista Ave. Demo helmets and bikes will be available for the Strider Adventure Zone.
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