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US Congress recognises IMBA's 'National Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day' - BikeBiz

US Congress recognises IMBA's 'National Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day'

In an effort to get kids more active and help fight childhood obesity, the US House of Representatives has passed a resolution officially declaring the first Saturday in October each year 'National Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day.' Promoted by the International Mountain Bicycling Association, Take a Kid MTBing Day need not be just an American initiative...
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The House adopted House Concurrent Resolution 480 by unanimous consent on October 5th, 2004, just three days after IMBA celebrated the first annual Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day.

Thousands of American children kids participated in more than 100 events across the US.

Congressman Richard Burr of North Carolina introduced the resolution. Earl Blumenauer of Oregon, Co-Chair of the Congressional Bike Caucus, and Joe Barton of Texas both made speeches in support of the resolution.

The legislation marks one of the few times the sport of mountain biking has received attention from the US Congress.

"We're thrilled that Congress has stepped up to recognize mountain biking and kids," said IMBA communications director Pete Webber. "This will give Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day a huge boost."

According to the US Surgeon General, childhood obesity in the US has reached an all-time high and today's youth are less active than ever before.

IMBA believes mountain biking builds self-confidence and offers kids and adults an adrenaline-packed adventure while giving them an effective workout.

http://www.imba.com/.../resolution480.html has the text of the legislation as well as the speeches of Congressmen Burr, Udall, Barton and Blumenauer.

http://www.imba.com/.../index.html

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