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Bikes for Kids Utah Stage Race Set for Aug. 5-6 in Herriman

Event proceeds from UCA-sanctioned race help provide bikes to Utah second graders


SALT LAKE CITY – July 7, 2011 -
Bikes for Kids Utah today announced details of 2011 Bikes for Kids Stage Race, a two-day, three-stage event Friday and Saturday, August 5-6 in Herriman, Utah. The race, a Utah Cycling Association (UCA) points race, will include a criterium, road race and time trial.  The race is sanctioned under USA Cycling (held under permit #2011-2303).

“Having the only UCA stage race in the Salt Lake Valley is fantastic for Bikes for Kids; it’s a great opportunity for riders from across the Wasatch Front to compete close to home while supporting a great local cause,” said Race Director Alex Kim. “We are very excited about the three race courses that have been carefully created to suit everyone from first-time racers to seasoned pros.”

In addition to USA Cycling and UCA points, racers will be competing for more than $2,000 in cash, winners’ jerseys and prizes.

All proceeds from this stage race will go to support Bikes for Kids Utah’s mission to provide 1,000 second graders from Utah with new bicycles each year.  This year’s stage race is expected to build on the very successful UCA University of Utah/Bikes for Kid’s Omnium that was held in 2010. This year will also feature a short children’s fun ride on the closed criterium course.

The Stage 1 Criterium will be held Friday, August 5th in the afternoon on a closed course around the Silver Crest Elementary School in Herriman. The following morning, the Stage 2 Road Race will be conducted on a circuit on Herriman City and Salt Lake County roads.  On the afternoon of Saturday, August 6, racers will complete their overall standings with a short, but challenging Stage 3 Time Trial.  Winners will be awarded in each stage as well as by their placing in the general classification, which is determined by the sum of the overall time in all three stages and any time bonuses awarded.

Entry fees range from $50 for Junior racers to $95 for Category Pro 1-2 racers, and online registration closes Wednesday, August 3.

For information about joining USA Cycling, or UCA teams and participating in rides sanctioned by the governing bodies, please visit www.usacycling.org and www.cycleutah.com.

Bikes for Kids Utah Rolls On with Successful Bike Giveaway, Safety Rodeo and Nutrition Instruction

 

1,000 Utah second graders head into summer with a brand new bicycle and helmet

 

Bikes for Kids Giveaway 2011


SALT LAKE CITY - May 21, 2011 - Just in time for summer vacation, 1,000 pre-selected second graders received brand new bicycles, helmets and a t-shirt from the Bikes for Kids Utah Bike Giveaway. The May 21 festival-style event, held at the Intermountain Medical Center parking lot in Murray, Utah, also included a Bike Safety Rodeo and nutrition instruction.
 
Greeted by more than 150 volunteers, students and their families walked from tent to tent participating in educational presentations about healthy nutrition by Intermountain Medical Center staff, and helmet fittings and a Bike Safety Rodeo operated by volunteers.

When asked about his experience at the Bikes for Kids giveaway, Jacob Pryor, a second grade recipient from Sandy, said, "My favorite part about today was getting to try out the track [bike rodeo]. I learned hand signals, how to stop, turn left and turn right." He was also excited to get his bike home and "ride it around the block with my friends."

Parents echoed similar sentiments as they watched their kids receive unassembled boxed bikes. Recipient families had the option to either take them home to assemble, or build them onsite with the help of several Boy Scouts working towards their Eagle Scout award and bike shop mechanics from around the area.

"My son was just really excited about today. He was excited to help make coloring books for Primary Children's Hospital and was even more excited when he found out that he was going to get a bike," said Dina Bain, parent of an Alta View student recipient. "His dad also likes to ride bikes, so I imagine they'll be riding a lot together this summer."

New to this year's Bike for Kids Utah application process, elementary schools and community outreach programs committed to completing a service project with their students before receiving their promised bicycles.

"When you ask people about their first bike, most people can't help but light up. They remember the freedom and the 'king of the world', 'I can conquer anything feeling' they experienced as a kid," said Debbie Reid, Bike for Kids Utah founder. "Today we're teaching about health and we're teaching about safety but above all I hope the kids remember the joy they felt here and the giving. I hope they go out and become healthy, active givers who work to be the change they want to see in the world."

Second graders who received bikes this year were pre-selected from Alta View, Backman, Copperview, East Midvale, Edison, Franklin, Guadalupe, Heartland, Midvale, Midvalley, and Sandy elementary schools, as well as kids from the Greater Salt Lake Boys and Girls Clubs.

The next Bikes for Kids Utah fundraising event will be the inaugural Bikes for Kids Utah stage race August 5-6 followed by a dinner/silent auction Sept. 23 at the Varsity Room in Rice-Eccles Stadium. More information about the stage race and fundraising dinner can be found online as it becomes available.

The Bikes for Kids Giveaway is made possible through help of volunteers and donations made by individuals and companies such as A-Core Concrete Cutting, Alder Construction, Blackbottoms Cyclewear, Elements Wilderness Program, Fifty Studio, Honey Bucket, Larry H. Miller Charities, Mass Mutual Financial Group, Rotary Club of Murray, Skyline Electric Company, SOAR Communications and Sorenson Legacy Foundation.

Those interested in becoming corporate sponsors, giving individual donations or volunteering their time should visit www.bikesforkidsutah.com, or call 801.656.0472 for more information.

Bikes for Kids Utah Prepares for May 21 Bike Giveaway

1,000 elementary school students will receive new bikes on May 21, 2011

 

SALT LAKE CITY - May 17, 2011 - Bikes for Kids Utah, a non-profit 501(C)3 organization, will give 1,000 new bicycles to pre-qualified, underprivileged second-grade students at its sixth annual giveaway event on Saturday, May 21, 2011 at the Intermountain Medical Center in Murray, Utah.

 

B4K GiveawayThe children receiving bikes were selected elementary schools across the Salt Lake Valley including Alta View, Backman, Copperview, East Midvale, Edison, Franklin, Greater Salt Lake BGC, Guadalupe, Heartland, Midvale, Midvalley, Sandy and South Valley BGC. The recipients will also receive helmets and t-shirts.

 

"Every year, we have the distinct joy of getting to see these kids get a new bike and watch how truly happy it makes them," said Debbie Reid, Bikes for Kids Utah founder and director. "Not only does a bike give them a way to stay strong and healthy, but it shows them the pleasures and responsibilities of owning a bicycle and the amazing freedom that comes with it."

 

The bicycles will be given away beginning at noon on Saturday, May 21, at the Intermountain Medical Center parking lot (5121 South Cottonwood Street in Murray, Utah), with Bikes for Kids Utah staff and volunteers delivering bikes to a new group of kids every half hour.

 

Children and their parents will then learn how to stay safe while riding and then kids will participate in a bike safety rodeo with instruction on signaling, where to ride, how to maneuver and how to properly wear a helmet. A nutritionist from Intermountain Medical Center will offer healthy eating guidelines for the young students.

 

After participating in the educational presentations and bike rodeo, the children will be given unassembled boxed bikes, which will then be built onsite with the help of several Boy Scouts working towards their Eagle Scout award and bike shop mechanics from around the valley.

 

In addition, the children will receive a t-shirt specially designed by the 2011 Bikes for Kids T-Shirt Design Contest winner along with other items donated by Bikes for Kids Utah sponsors.


There will also be entertainment for the children and their families throughout the day, and the creators of "Mike and The Bike and Lucille the Wheel" will be handing out free bike safety, bike maintenance and health and nutrition materials, as well as stickers and books.


The Bikes for Kids Giveaway is made possible through help of volunteers and donations made by individuals and companies such as A-Core Concrete Cutting, Alder Construction, Blackbottoms Cyclewear, Elements Wilderness Program, Fifty Studio, Honey Bucket, Larry H. Miller Charities, Mass Mutual Financial Group, Rotary Club of Murray, Skyline Electric Company, SOAR Communications, and Sorenson Legacy Foundation.


To donate click here, or to volunteer click here.


Photo caption: Second graders take part in a bike safety rodeo at the 2010 Bikes for Kids Utah bike giveaway event. This year's giveaway is Saturday, May 21 at Intermountain Medical Center in Murray, Utah. Photo credit: Bikes for Kids Utah

Bikes for Kids Utah Selects Design by Midvale Elementary School Student for its 2011 Bike Giveaway T-Shirt

SALT LAKE CITY - May 17, 2011 - Bikes for Kids Utaha non-profit 501(C)3 organization that  annually gives 1,000 new bicycles to pre-qualified, underprivileged second graders, today announced at a Midvale Elementary School assembly the winner of the 2011 Bikes for Kids Utah/Skyline Electric T-Shirt Contest, second grade student Laura Rodrigues. 

 

B4K 2011 Shirt WinnerRodrigues' design will be printed on the t-shirts to be given to the 1,000 students receiving new bicycles and helmets at the Bikes for Kids Utah bike giveaway this Saturday, May 21, 2011 at the Intermountain Medical Center in Murray, Utah.

 

The Bikes for Kids Utah board selected Rodrigues' t-shirt design from more than 25 submitted by Sandy Elementary School 2nd graders.

 

"We loved Laura's design and the messages of diversity and safety it contained," said Debbie Reid, founder and director of Bikes for Kids Utah. "Reminding riders to 'Be Safe' and depicting a rider appropriately wearing a helmet was important for us and Laura's design was perfect in that regard."

 

During a Tuesday-morning assembly at Midvale Elementary School Rodrigues was presented with the first t-shirt featuring her design as well as a certificate of her achievement and prize basket.

 

"I just wanted to draw a picture of myself riding my bike." Rodrigues said. "It's really exciting that it's on everybody's shirt now."

 

The 1,000 t-shirts that will be given to children at the May 21 event were donated by Skyline Electric, which has provided funding for the shirts in each of the last four years.

 

"We're so happy to be able to do this for these kids and the community," said Skyline Electric President Todd Schaffer. "This is the first year I've been able to come to one of the events and it's a lot of fun to be able to present the t-shirt to the design contest winner."


To donate click here, or to volunteer click here.


Photo caption: Second grader Laura Rodrigues, the 2011 Bikes for Kids Utah/Skyline Electric T-Shirt design contest winner, wears her winning t-shirt design with Skyline Electric President Todd Schaffer. Skyline Electric donated funds for 1,000 t-shirts featuring Rodrigues' design to be given away at the May 21 bike giveaway. Photo credit: Bikes for Kids Utah.  

 

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