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IMBA's Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day

IMBA will celebrate its twelfth-annual Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day (#TKMBD) on Saturday, October 3, 2015. This is a great opportunity for you to share your passion for pedaling with kids!

IMBA is proud to partner with Subaru of America, the presenting sponsor of Take A Kid Mountain Biking Day.

 What is Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day?

TKMBD is an annual celebration held officially 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 youth. Over the years we've had tens of thousands of kids participate from across the globe, including: Italy, Australia, South Africa, Canada, Malaysia, and Mexico. Informal or formal, one child or 100 children, TKMBD celebrates the joy of riding in the dirt.

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. How different might our current access landscape look today if previous generations of policy makers had grown up riding bikes on natural-surface trails?

How to Organize a TKMBD Event

It is really quite simple: plan a mountain bike ride with some kids! While TKMBD events are most often hosted by local IMBA chapters and affiliates, anyone can register an event. Here are some examples:

  • 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.
  • NICA High School Teams or MTB race team? TKMBD is a great opportunity for youth development and community outreach.  Events can serve as a teachable moment about bike safety, trail etiquette and that there are established rules of the trail. Let's share the Spirit of Howdy (co-developed with NICA).

Regardless of your affiliation, the number of kids, or your destination, please register your event with us by Sept. 13 in order to receive a TKMBD care package (while limited supplies last) — CLIF Kid Z bars and commemorative race plates — our way of saying "Thank you!" for getting kids out on bikes.
Events registered after Sept. 13 will still be listed on the map but will not receive kits.

You can also download a press-ready PDF poster to help you promote your local event.

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).

It's Not Just Us

TKMBD events are conducted by IMBA chapters and clubs, retailers, volunteer groups and numerous Trips for Kids chapters. Corporate sponsors are welcome to join in support of this global effort.

As you can see, there are many ways to participate. Events range from a few kids in a neighborhood to larger festival-style events in a community park, open space, singletrack system or at a bike park. Develop a grassroots event in your community, support the national outreach, contribute to event care packages, or join an existing event.

jennifer [dot] hill [at] imba [dot] com (Email us) for more information on how you can get involved.

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Take A Kid Mountain Biking Day is presented by:

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Explore these resources to make your Take a Kid Mountain Bike Day event a success:

2014 IMBA TKMBPosterHoriz FINAL R2.pdf4.64 MB

Thank you for organizing a group event for IMBA's Take A Kid Mountain Biking Day! Take a Kid events have ranged 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. We'll give you advice and tips to structure an event that makes sense for you and your community. Please read on for more information and ideas to help you make your day a success.