IMBA's Annual Youth Event Celebrating the Whole Family
For Immediate Release 8-19-2013
Contact terry [dot] breheny [at] imba [dot] com (Terry Breheny)
IMBA Events Manager
IMBA will celebrate Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day (TKMBD) on Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013. This year, in honor of the event’s tenth anniversary, we are putting the emphasis on the whole family with the theme "Take a Mom Mountain Biking Day." In 2012, we saw rides of one to 100 children across the U.S. and in Australia, Canada, Italy, Malaysia, Mexico and South Africa.
TKMBD is an annual celebration held on the first Saturday of October. The event, developed and coordinated by IMBA, strives to encourage communities around the world to join together and ride mountain bikes with young people. Besides being good, healthy fun, the goal is to develop a connection between kids and the natural world around them. Today's children are tomorrow's land managers and politicians — future decision-makers for important matters like recreation and access to public lands.
TKMBD events are conducted by IMBA clubs and chapters, retailers, volunteer groups and numerous Trips for Kids chapters. The event supports the mission of the First Lady's Let's Move! initiative via IMBA's partnership in the Outdoor Alliance for Kids (OAK).
Organize or Join a TKMBD Event
Putting on an event is simple: plan a mountain bike ride with kids and their families. While TKMBD events are most often hosted by local IMBA chapters and affiliates, anyone can register an event. If you're looking to join an existing event rather than planning your own, check this interactive map. Here are some event ideas:
- Soccer-mom carpool? Load up the bikes and the kids in the minivan and hit your local open space trails.
- Military family? Take advantage of the free Annual Pass, which gives you free admission to BLM, NPS, and USFS sites.
- Community bike shop? Hang our press-ready "save the date" poster and put out a sign-up sheet, then introduce some youngsters to your local trails (and maybe sell some bikes to eager kids needing to upgrade).
- Boy/Girl Scout Troop? Grab the kids and explore — The North Face's Planet Explore has a great online resource, Explore Your Parks; check the 'bike' button first and type in your location.
- MTB race team? TKMBD is a great opportunity for youth development and can serve as a teachable moment that there are established rules of the trail.
Register Your Event
Regardless of your affiliation, the number of kids, or your destination, please register your event with us by Sept. 13 in order to be sure to receive a TKMBD care package (while supplies last), including CLIF Kid Z bars and commemorative race plates. It’s our way of saying "Thank you!" for getting kids and moms and families out on bikes.
Events registered after Sept. 19 will be listed on the map but will not receive kits.
Win A Bike from Specialized
Thanks to our friends at Specialized, we will again be giving away bikes this year via our Facebook page, so stay tuned for more details! Upload your photos and share your stories with us.
IMBA extends a special "Thank you" to this year's TKMBD partners: Specialized, First Gear, CLIF Kid, Girl Bike Love, the National Park Service and the Bureau of Land Management.