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Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day Coming Up

IMBA will celebrate its sixth annual International Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day on Oct. 3 with events in a dozen countries for 2009.

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IMBA's International Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day this Saturday will be the largest ever, with more than 7,100 kids registered to ride their bikes in 167 official events. Photo courtesy IMBAIMBA will celebrate its sixth annual International Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day on Oct. 3 with events in a dozen countries for 2009.

International Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day is held on the first Saturday of each October. This year’s turnout will be the largest ever, with more than 7,100 kids registered to ride their bikes in 167 official events, according to Mark Eller, IMBA communications director. On Saturday, the National Park Service is teaming up with Trips For Kids to bring young riders into national parks. The kids will learn from park rangers and complete a small service project so they can give back to the land, Eller said.

“We are thrilled with the participation numbers for this year’s event,” said Mike Van Abel, IMBA executive director. “Kids already love to ride their bikes, but this IMBA program helps connect them with quality trails and great bike parks. Add the support provided by our dedicated volunteer ride leaders and these kids get the best possible mountain biking experience.”

Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day celebrates the life of Jack Doub, an avid teenage mountain biker from North Carolina who had a true passion for the sport from an early age but passed away in 2002. Funding is provided by the Jack Doub Memorial Endowment.

To find an event near you, check out IMBA’s locator map.