First strider bikes, next triathlon!

First Strider bikes, next triathlon!

Strider Bikes is aiming for world domination by tugging on parents’ hearts with their Strider Cup World Championship.

Four hundred toddlers showed up at Salt Lake City’s Gallivan Center on July 22 with their game faces on for the event, including the youngest registered competitor: 18-month-old Walker Huntsman, who was racing on his home course. The oldest competitor to tackle the 750-foot plus course featuring obstacles, water features, cones and ramps was 5.

Most racers were from the US, but 50 of them repped 14 additional countries: Aruba, Australia, Belgium, Canada, China, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Japan, Russia, Sweden, Tahiti, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam.

The Japanese dominated the races, taking home all world titles. The Strider Cup World Championship included the 2 and under class and the 3-year-old class, both sponsored by LDS Hospital. Kaisei Nishimura won the 2 and under class, and Raito Kaneko came out on top of the largest field of the day in the 3-year-old class title. Taiga Kuwahara took home the top trophy in the 4-year-old class, sponsored by Competitive Cyclist. Waku Kunitate won the 5-year-old class, sponsored by The Color Run.

The event also included the Special Needs Races sponsored by Chick-fil-A for 30 racers of all ages and abilities on the 12” models, as well as the 16” and 20” balance bikes. Several athletes with the Jimmy Jaguars and Bright Bears Special Olympics teams participated.

Prior to the championship race, Strider hosted three Strider Cup races in cities around the country: May 6 in Fort Worth, TX, May 27 in Pittsburgh, PA, and June 10 in Lincoln, NE.

Want to get your kiddos involved? Find more race info here.