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Toddlers on two wheels race at Riverfront Park

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SPOKANE, Wash. -

Spokane's Riverfront Park played host to the first-ever Strider Cup Race on Saturday.

Strider Bikes, the world's leading manufacturer of no-pedal balance bikes, reported race day had about 180 little racers, including 2-, 3-, 4-, and 5-year-olds. The race also included special needs riders of all ages. The youngest competitor was 20 months old.

In the 2-year-old and under class, Reid Jordan took first place. Reese Keyser won for the 3-year-olds. Landon Ellenwood was first across the line for the 4-year-old class. For the 5-year-olds, Grady Caudill came in first.

The Special Needs Races gave nine athletes a chance to show off the skills they learned on bikes donated by Strider Sports Int’l. Johanna Schuele-Van Aken, an exuberant 9-year-old from Medical Lake, WA, has had her Strider Bike for six weeks and took home first place in the Special Needs Races. “She rides it every day,” said her mom Kathy Van Aken. “Her balance has really improved and she can even go downhill with both feet up.”

SpokeFest and Mountain Gear teamed up with Strider to give away 120 Strider Bikes to local youth, distributing most of them at a Giveaway Party at Mountain Gear on June 4. Several of those recipients participated in the race.

Saturday's race was the final of three events in the national Strider Cup racing series. Other races were held last month in Nebraska and Utah. All racers qualified for the Strider Cup World Championship at the end of the month in San Francisco. For more information, click here: https://www.striderbikes.com/events

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