While IU Momentum Indy might seem like a weekend dedicated to grown-ups on bikes, a big part of the two-day event focuses on kids.
Being held Aug. 27-28 in downtown Indianapolis, IU Health Momentum Indy is built around three key elements: two days of high-level bicycle racing, a pair of community bike rides and a collection of kids’ activities designed to show kids how much fun they can have being active and outdoors.
Judging by the activities targeting kids, they just might be the ones who have the most fun.
SATURDAY, AUG. 27
Mini Major Taylor Ride
For kids who want to emulate the adults riding through Indy on two wheels, the fun starts on Saturday morning with the Mini Major Taylor Ride presented by PNC. The whole family can enjoy this easygoing four-mile cruise on the Indianapolis Cultural Trail, which welcomes all skills and levels of ability on a route that is fully protected from traffic. (There are longer rides starting earlier for those wanting more of a challenge.)
WHEN: Aug. 27 at 10 a.m. (check in from 9 to 9:45 a.m.)
WHERE: Corner of Mass Ave. and New Jersey/Michigan streets
COST: FREE (pre-registration is encouraged at https://honor-major-taylor-ride.eventbrite.com)
What to Bring
Each rider needs a bike, and helmets are required. We recommend bringing a water bottle as well as sunscreen, a mobile phone and identification and emergency contact info. Children under 16 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. No runners, pedestrians, scooters or pets, please.
SUNDAY, AUG. 28
Sunday offers a full day of kids’ activities with the Riley Children’s Health Kids Zone and the Riley Children’s Health Kids Bike Races, all presented by PNC and Meijer, as well as the Juniors Bike Race presented by Zipp.
Riley Children’s Health Kids Zone presented by PNC and Meijer Downtown Indy’s University Park will be packed with activities designed to help kids ages 3 to 18 pedal, jump, climb and play, all while learning how to stay happy, healthy and safe. Games, challenges and other activities will engage both kids and adults in a festival atmosphere. Scheduled activities include:
– BMX stunt shows
– Jump rope performances
– Distribution of free kids’ bicycle helmets provided by the CIBA Foundation
– Bike helmet decorating
– Bicycle obstacle courses
– Sidewalk chalk art
WHEN: Sunday, Aug. 28, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
WHERE: University Park (307 N. Meridian St.)
What to Bring:
A parent or legal guardian must sign a waiver (available through the online registration) for kids participating in the Riley Children’s Health Kids Zone. We also recommend bringing a water bottle as well as sunscreen.
Riley Children’s Health Kids Bike Races presented PNC and Meijer
The spotlight for the weekend’s racing might be on the grown-ups, but kids can get into the action, too! The Riley Children’s Health Kids Bike Races offer races for kids from ages 3 to 18. Younger riders will race according to age categories (3-4, 5-6, 7-9) in a non-competitive, fun event (participants are not timed or scored), while 9-to-18-year-olds will race in Novice Racing and Junior Racing events.
WHEN: Sunday, Aug. 28, with registration starting at 11 a.m. and racing beginning at 1:50 p.m.
WHERE: Registration tent will be located at Meridian and New York streets.
COST: FREE (pre-registration is encouraged)
REGISTRATION: Pre-registration is highly encouraged; however, participants may also register the day of the event on a smart phone. To register your child:
1. Visit BikeReg.com and select the child’s appropriate age category (3-4, 5-6, or 7-9).
2. Register with a BikeReg account or as a guest.
3. Complete the participant’s information and emergency contact info.
What to Bring
Each participant must have a bicycle and a helmet. (Youth who do not have a helmet can earn one by visiting the CIBA tent in the Riley Children’s Health Kids Zone https://www.momentumindy.org/kids-zone.) We also recommend a water bottle and sunscreen.
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