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More Than 21,000 Join IMBA's Annual Ride for Kids

For Immediate Release 10-13-2010
Contact: Mark Eller
IMBA Communications Director
markeller [at] imba [dot] com
303-545-9011 ext. 115

The 2010 edition of IMBA's International Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day event (held on Oct. 2 for most locations) was an enormous success, with more than 21,000 participants joining the fun according to estimates from event organizers. The ride, which is held annually on the first Saturday of October, attracted about 7,000 kids and adults last year. "This year, we offered an online event map and a streamlined registration process," explains IMBA Executive Director Mike Van Abel. "But what drives our success is that it's such a blast to ride trails with young people. Our clubs know that better than anyone and they've gone gangbusters promoting their events."

The registered events ranged from the modest — about 10 kids and 20 adults were expected at Georgia's Sope Creek National Park ride — to the extravagant. Several of the largest rides were planned for hundreds of attendees, including the gatherings at Ohio's Five Rivers Metro Parks, the Middlesex Fells ride in Massachusetts and the Lory State Park event in Colorado. Rides were held in Australia, Canada, Italy, Germany, Japan, Mexico, the United Kingdom and the United States.

One lucky club, the Cub Scouts Pack 19 Wolf Den in Dubuque, Iowa, was chosen at random to receive a pair of Hot Rocks 24 kids bikes, courtesy of Specialized. "This is so great," says Wolf Den leader Brian Vize. "I'll reward our Scouts with the bikes for their top achievements. They will be thrilled — we have a lot of future mountain bikers on our hands!"

Many thanks to the sponsors of IMBA's International Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day: The USDA Forest Service, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service, Trips for Kids, Specialized and Clif Kid continue to support our efforts in getting kids outside and on bikes.

The U.S. Congress has commemorated International Take A Kid Mountain Biking Day with a House Resolution recognizing the first Saturday of October a time to encourage youth to get outside and exercise.