Children’s Sprint returns to Tour of Utah
May 3, 2016
The new Sprint to the Finish Activity Book for elementary-aged children has been produced just in time for the final month of school across Utah and National Bike Month. This 32-page, full-color booklet was created by Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah and University of Utah Health Care. Illustrations from the popular "Mike and The Bike" children’s book series are used to share creative lessons on geography, nutrition and bicycle safety. Parents and teachers across the country are invited to download the Sprint to the Finish Activity Book and supporting educational documents from the Tour of Utah web site (TourOfUtah.com).
Each of the 13 local organizing committees hosting the Tour of Utah professional stage race this summer, Aug. 1-7, will distribute a portion of the 50,000 printed booklets. In Davis County, which will host the Stage 5 start at Antelope Island State Park and Stage 5 finish in Bountiful, the books are being distributed at area elementary schools by the Bountiful Rotary Club and Bountiful Mayor Randy Lewis. In Cedar City, which will host the Stage 1 finish, special assemblies will be held in all of the Iron County District elementary schools the third week of May to distribute the booklets.
Throughout the activity book, young cyclists Mike and Lucille, from "Mike and The Bike," offer children a guided tour of each stage of the professional bike race. Their story is complemented with interactive lesson plans for children. Active Planet Kids, based in Salt Lake City, collaborated on the illustrations and content for the activity book with University of Utah Health Care and the Tour of Utah. Three professional cyclists have contributed content this year to promote exercise and good nutrition — 2015 Tour of Utah defending champion Joe Dombrowski (Cannondale Pro Cycling Team), two-time Under-23 U.S. national champion and Utah native Tanner Putt (UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team), and top-10 finisher in the 2015 Tour of Utah and Utah native Rob Squire (Holowesko-Citadel Racing Team presented by Hincapie Sportswear).
During race week, University of Utah Health Care will offer free youth bicycle races at six locations. The Sprint to the Finish Kids Bike Races, open for youth ages 5 to 12, will be held at the same finish line that will be used by the pro cyclists later the same day. Complimentary registration will be available at each University of Utah Health Care exhibit in the Harmons Healthy Living Expo at designated host communities. All participants receive a prize and one youth bicycle will be given away each day.
"The Tour of Utah and our local organizing committees are happy to give back to our local communities through the Sprint to the Finish program. With the activity booklet and the kids’ races during race week, we want to inspire children to not just ride bicycles safely, but become more active and healthy," said Jenn Andrs, executive director of the Tour of Utah. "The booklet is designed for elementary-aged children, but I think a lot of parents will enjoy the content as well."
A downloadable version (PDF format) of the Sprint to the Finish Activity Book is available in English at TourOfUtah.com/about/mike-and-the-bike .
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Sprint to the Finish Kids Bike Race Locations
Stage 1, Aug. 1 — Cedar City, 10 a.m.
Stage 2, Aug. 2 — Torrey, 1 p.m.
Stage 3, Aug. 3 — Payson, 1 p.m.
Stage 4, Aug. 4 — Kearns, 1 p.m.
Stage 5, Aug. 5 — Bountiful, 1 p.m.
Stage 6, Aug. 6 — Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort, no race
Stage 7, Aug. 7 — Park City, 1 p.m.
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