For Immediate Release 07/10/2015
Contact: Mark Eller
IMBA Communications Director
303-545-9011 ext. 115
Event registration is open and it's not too early to start planning for a Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day (#TAKMBD) ride on Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015! The first Saturday in October is the official ride date, designated by the U.S. Congress, but other dates are fine too, depending on seasonal conditions and other events occurring in your region.
TAKMBD 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.
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 #TAKMBD 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 souvenir for the kids' bikes that will hopefully 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.
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.