We are so excited to partner with woom bikes USA on this amazing new family biking weekend in Austin, TX February 15th - 17th!
Read on for the details or just watch this video before booking your flights to Austin!
Austin Bicycle Company Launches Family Festival!
The Raise Riders Family Bicycle Weekend plugs into the Austin Marathon
Austin, TX, January 8th, 2018 - Local Austin children’s bicycle manufacturer woom bikes USA has partnered with nationally recognized children’s media company Buddy Pegs Media to host the first annual Raise Riders Family Bicycle Weekend February 15th-17th, 2019. The 3-day celebration of families on bikes will be hosted alongside the 28th Anniversary of the Austin Marathon and Health & Fitness Expo sister event. Local families with children 10 and under, as well as families traveling into Austin for the Marathon, will chose from a full menu of on-the-bike and off-the-bike activities that reinforce the most iconic marker of childhood, riding on two wheels. The festival kicks off Friday morning, February 15th at the Palmer Event Center (home of the Health & Wellness Expo) and runs all the way through the Austin Marathon Finish Line Festival Sunday, February 17th.
The festival will also include two new youth bicycle categories in the Manzano Mile running race on Saturday morning. Kids 8 and under can enter either the “balance bike” or “pedal bike” category depending on ability levels. The Manzano Mile takes place on Riverside Drive behind the Palmer Events Center.
“We are so excited to bring another very special event to Austin that highlights all the tremendous benefits of family bike riding. Given all the concerns about the rapidly declining emotional and physical health of kids these days, it’s more important than ever to remind parents about the importance of bike riding, and show them how to do it,” said woom owner Mathias Ihlenfeld.
Buddy Pegs Media Authors, Podcast Creators, and Co-founders, Jannine and Scott Fitzgerald, are a passionate pair of bicycle industry veterans using the foundation of their children’s media brand to build a national cycling curriculum for families with children 2-5 years old. This past October the duo packed up their bikes and moved into a 24’ motorhome with their 8 year-old son, in order to offer family cycling classes from California to Florida. Their journey is dubbed ‘The Raise Riders Tour’. When they arrive in Austin it will mark the halfway point of their 8-month coast to coast journey which is sponsored by woom bikes. “We have been so thrilled by woom bikes support of our effort to build a preschool age national cycling program that it just made sense to put together a special festival while we are in Austin for the month of February,” said Buddy Pegs Media Co-founder Jannine Fitzgerald.
Marathon and Health & Wellness Expo organizers at High Five Events have worked closely with Ihlenfeld and Buddy Pegs Media owner Scott Fitzgerald to seamlessly integrate these new bicycle events into their action packed weekend. “I think this is a great addition to the Marathon weekend and a wonderful evolution of the Health & Wellness Expo. Whether on two feet or two wheels we want to continue to inspire, and educate, families on the benefits of outdoor adventure together,” said Jack Murray, High Five Events Co-owner.
The preliminary festival schedule is in place and events will be added over the coming weeks:
Friday: Palmer Events Center
10:30am - 12:30pm
Saturday: Palmer Events Center
10am - 5pm
Sunday: Marathon Finish Line Festival (7th & Congress)
About the Austin Marathon
The 28th Anniversary of The Austin Marathon, Half Marathon, and 5K will fill Austin’s streets on Feb 17, 2019. The weekend-long event begins with over 75,000 visitors to the Health & Fitness Expo, followed by 17,000 runners on race morning, concluding with Austin style Finish Line Festival complete with 100,000 spectators, Live Coverage to over 1,000,000 viewers, and a rocking band and beer garden.
We know you are tired when you come home from work or after a chaotic day, and the notion of loading up bikes, snacks and such to get to the trailhead or a safe riding area seems overwhelming, but the rewards you get when riding with your child outnumber anything else.
The added time you put in to make it happen will pay off in more ways than can be counted. Even old dogs can learn new tricks, so get out there with your child and look for those new tricks!
At Buddy Pegs, we envision a world where the kids of today become the joyful and inspiring leaders of tomorrow. Leaders who not only lead on a global scale but also leaders who act locally to guide their communities day to day.
We believe kids who grow up with outdoor adventure, and a close relationship with the adults in their lives, are more likely to change the world for the better.
Each bike with training wheels displayed on your sales floor says something to EVERY customer who walks in: Training wheels are a standard part of learning to ride. They're normal.
This is wrong! We need to change this.
Listen, this is not T-ball where propping up the baseball on a pilon helps to develop a proper swing. Using training wheels to learn to ride is like using a golf tee to teach a kid to hit homers.