Canadian clubs host over a thousand riders for Take A Kid Mountain Biking Day

For Immediate Release: 10-18-10
Contact: Rachael Raven
IMBA Canada Communications Coordinator
rachael [dot] raven [at] imba [dot] com

More than 1,500 participants took part in IMBA’s Take A Kid Mountain Biking Day celebrations across Canada, according to estimates from event organizers.

Around the globe, over 21,000 kids and adults joined in the festivities, which took place on Saturday, Oct. 2, 2010.

"This year, we offered an online event map and a streamlined registration process," explains IMBA U.S. 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.”

More than a dozen groups registered events in Canada—including the Durham Mountain Biking Association, the Squamish Off Road Cycling Association, and Ottawa group Mountain Biking Children and Teens. Many celebrations offered group rides, skills clinics, BBQs, and even loot bags for kids!

Internationally, rides were held in Australia, Italy, Germany, Japan, Mexico, the United Kingdom and the United States.

This year was the seventh installment of the international event—which challenges adults and biking clubs to introduce kids to the sport of mountain biking. Since it's inception in 2004, IMBA’s Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day has put more than an estimated 43,000 kids and adults on bikes.

More About the Celebration

Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day celebrates the life of Jack Doub, an avid teenage mountain biker from North Carolina who passed away in 2002. The Jack Doub Memorial Endowment provides funding for the annual celebration, which takes place on the first Saturday of every October. Read more about Take A Kid Mountain Biking Day in Canada.