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Take A Kid Mountain Biking Day Opens 2014 Registration

For Immediate Release 08-18-2014
markeller [at] imba [dot] com (Contact: Mark Eller)
IMBA Communications Director 
303-545-9011 ext. 115

IMBA members and supporters around the world will celebrate the eleventh-annual Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day (TKMBD) on Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014. The event offers a grassroots celebration of play on two wheels. Events range in size and scope from community-wide events to neighborhood outings hosted by a couple of families. Registration is now open to feature your event on the calendar, map and receive a care kit with bike plates, stickers, snacks and more.

TKMBD is an annual celebration held on the first Saturday of October. The event, developed and coordinated by IMBA, encourages communities around the world to join together and ride mountain bikes with kids. Last year, more than 13,000 participants joined events at hundreds of locations across the globe, including the USA, Australia, Canada, Italy, Malaysia, Mexico and South Africa. Informal or formal, with one child or one hundred, TKMBD events celebrate the joy of riding in nature.

How to Organize a TKMBD Event

It is really quite simple: Plan a mountain bike ride with some kids! While TKMBD events are often hosted by local IMBA chapters, partners and affiliates, anyone can register an event, at no cost. Here are some suggestions:

• Keep it simple! Gather some bikes, helmets and kids, then hit your local trails or bike park. It doesn't have to be more complicated than that. Reference IMBA's mapping partner MTB Project or contact a local shop to locate kid friendly riding areas near you.

• Is there a community bike shop in your town? Hang our press-ready "save the date" poster and put out a sign-up sheet, then introduce some youngsters to your local trails.

• Boy/Girl Scout Troop or youth organization? Grab the kids and explore a new park with mountain bike friendly trails.

• TKMBD is a great opportunity for the older kids to mentor the younger; and can serve as a teachable moment that there are established rules of the trail, safety equipment and other essentials for a safe outing.

Regardless of your affiliation, the number of kids, or your destination, please register your event with us in order to receive a TKMBD care package — CLIF Kid Z bars and commemorative race plates — a little souvenier for the kids' bikes that will hpoefully serve as a fun reminder that biking is a year round activity.

You'll find several pages of ideas and resources to help you plan an event in the kids section of IMBA.com.

Not Looking to Organize Your Own Event?

No problem — find one near you on our interactive map (check back often as new events are added).

Win A Bike!

Thanks to our friends at Specialized, we will again be giving away two kids' bikes this year via IMBA's Facebook page, so stay tuned for more details! Be sure to upload your photos and videos, and share your stories.

IMBA is proud to partner with Subaru of America, the presenting sponsor of Take A Kid Mountain Biking Day.  A 16-year supporter of the Subaru IMBA Trail Care Crew and IMBA's educational mission, Subaru looks to connect its network of dealers with the positive energy of local events.  IMBA also supports the First Lady's Let's Move! initiative, as a partner in the Outdoor Alliance for Kids (OAK) coalition. Supporting sponsors of Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day include Specialized Bicycles and CLIF Kids.

About the International Mountain Bicycling Association

The International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit membership association with a mission to create, enhance and preserve great mountain biking experiences. Since 1988, IMBA's network has been bringing out the best in mountain biking by encouraging low-impact riding, volunteer trail work participation, cooperation among different trail user groups, grassroots advocacy and innovative trail management solutions. IMBA’s staff, 160 chapters and 80,000 supporters work to benefit the entire mountain bike community. Join the conversation at IMBA.com/trail-love.

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