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NEWS BRIEFS The Strider World Championships will return to Sarasota Oct. 11-13. Photo courtesy of Sarasota County STRIDER WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS RETURN TO SARASOTA Sarasota County's BMX track, located at 1590 N. Tuttle Ave. in Sarasota, will host the 2013 Strider World Championships Oct. 11-13 for racers ages 2 to 5 from around the world, the county has announced. for their toddlers" at the Striders in the Surf parade on Lido Beach, the release notes. After a full day of riding, racing and fun activities on Saturday, "families and kids will love the low-key day on Sunday as parents and grandparents get one more chance to cheer For more information, contact the Sarasota County Call Center at 861-5000 or visit the Strider website at worldchampionship. Strider bikes have no pedals, "allowing toddlers as young as 18 months old to balance and ride on two wheels without the use of tricycles or training wheels," the release The event will kick off on Friday, Oct. 11, with explains. registration, followed by opening ceremonies at 5 p.m., a news release says. Then Strider "When toddlers learn to ride on a Strider bike, riders "will take a few qualifying practice the experience opens up a whole new world runs around the track to perfect their skills of balance, self-confidence, motor skills, for Saturday's big race," the release notes. teamwork and friendly competition," said Ryan McFarland, founder and CEO of Strider Spectator admission and parking will be free. Sports International, in the release. "These Participant admission to the practice session children are having a blast and learning valuis $10, while race registration is $25. able life lessons every step of the way."

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