IMBA's Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day
What is Take A Kid Mountain Biking Day?
IMBA's Take A Kid Mountain Biking Day strives to encourage communities in the U.S.A. and around the world to join together and ride mountain bikes with kids. Take A Kid Mountain Biking Day (TKMBD) events range in size from a few kids and families to several hundred gathering at a local park or trailhead. IMBA clubs and chapters, retail shops, Trips for Kids, schools, scouts and community groups are encouraged to host events. Last year over 15,000 kids and family members participated in 150+ community events in the U.S. Several events were registered in other countries including: Italy, Australia, South Africa, Canada, Malaysia, and Mexico. You, your family or your company are encouraged to join the fun and participate in IMBA's 12th anniversary of Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day.
When is #TKMBD?
Celebrate Take A Kid Mountain Biking Day on October 3, 2015.
The first Saturday in October is the official ride date, designated by the U.S. Congress. While we strive to celebrate Take A Kid Mountain Biking Day on this date, other dates may be acceptable depending on seasonal conditions and other events occurring in your region. Long standing IMBA partner Subaru of America is the presenting sponsor of Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day 2015.
Why should I host a #TKMBD event in my community?
Bicycling is good, healthy fun, and a gateway to healthy lifestyles. IMBA strives to develop a connection between kids, bikes and the natural world around them while touching on themes such as bike safety, skills, rider etiquette, nutrition, hydration and sun protection.
Informal or formal, one child or 100 children, TKMBD celebrates the joy of riding in the dirt.
Register your event with us by September 13 in order to receive a TKMBD care package (while supplies last).
CLIF Kid Z bars and commemorative race plates are included in TKMBD care packages.
Specialized Bicycles will donate five kids bikes to be awarded to a child at random from participating registered communities (actual giveaway bikes may be different than the photo).
How do I organize a Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day Event?
1. Save the date
Clear your calendar for a few hours on Saturday, October 3, 2015. Other dates are fine too, but you may not be eligible for IMBA-sponsored rewards.
2. Find Kids and Families
Coordinate with your local IMBA Chapter or club. Invite neighbors, co-workers, relatives, friends. Contact your local YMC and other youth groups. Promote your local event at local bike shops and community centers with IMBA's TKMBD promotional poster and post reminders on Social Media and don't forget to include the TKMBD logo.
4. Select a Route
Be sure to choose a ride that is fun, safe and not too difficult. The ideal route will have options where the group can head home or continue for more adventure. Visit Mountain Bike Project to find trails in your community.
5. Be PreparedMake sure each participant has a bike, helmet, and proper footwear. Bring extra water and food, including a tasty treat for every child. Don't forget other essentials such as extra tubes, pump, tire levers and a multi-tool
Recruit plenty of adult ride guides, and make sure someone is assigned to stay behind the last young rider.
If you'd like to invite kids that might not have their own gear, try contacting local bike shops about rental options.
5. Have Fun
Try incorporating skills games, point out interesting trail features, or take a few minutes to discuss trail safety and etiquette.
6. Take Photos and Videos
Post your photos on IMBA's Facebook page or your own Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram pages and tag #TKMBD. Share stories and photos about your day with parents, community leaders, local press and IMBA.
7. Make #TKMBD a Tradition
Make every day a Take-a-Kid day and plan for the first Saturday in October next year to celebrate how Kids+Bikes=FUN!
Who can Participate in #TKMBD?
Local IMBA Chapters and Clubs
Family and friends
Community bike shop
Boy/Girl Scout Troop/YMCA/School
NICA High School Teams, club teams or youth programs
Local Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day Events
TKMBD events are grass roots events conducted by IMBA chapters and clubs, retailers, volunteer groups, schools, YMCA's and numerous Trips for Kids chapters. development [at] imba [dot] com (Corporate sponsors) are welcome to contact IMBA and join in support of this worthy effort.
Email sallie [dot] hoefer [at] imba [dot] com for more information on how you can get involved.
Share and tag your photos with @IMBA_US and #TKMBD on Twitter or on our Facebook page
- TKMBD Toolkit
- Guide to Taking Kids Mountain Biking
- Children & Nature Network’s Nature Clubs
- Nature Rocks
- Outdoor Alliance for Kids (OAK)
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