IMBA’s annual “Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day” (TAKMBD) is set for October 3, 2009 and if you register your event with IMBA before September 15 they’ll send you a goody box with race plates, stickers, and Clif Bars for kids. This year IMBA has set up an online map showing locations of organized TAKMBD events around the world – check it out and see if there’s an event near you!
I didn’t realize this but TAKMBD was actually started to honor a teenage mountain biker who passed away in 2002. Here’s the scoop from IMBA:
IMBA’s International 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. The event takes place each year on the first Saturday in October.
TAKMBD should not be confused with Trips for Kids, a non-profit organization that has been helping introduce disadvantaged kids to bicycling since 1988. Trips for Kids offers year round opportunities to help out, though trips are not necessarily MTB focused.
Help celebrate mountain biking October 3 while introducing the next generation to the sport!