St. Jude Trike-A-Thon

Ready. Set. Go!.

Tots, tikes, kindergarteners and young children of all kinds are all darting this way and that, with little feet on scooters and training-bike pedals. That’s the scene at the local St. Jude trike-a-thon. It’s a mix of fun and mayhem for a good cause.

Excitement Builds

Preschoolers naturally get excited about this event. Some have been looking forward to it for weeks, others remember it fondly from last year.

It smells like honeysuckle, bug spray and sunscreen. There is a whole lot of movement: diminutive sets of wheels, flashy metallic paint jobs and the ubiquitous pink princess trikes with handlebar tassels, all cruising in what should be a clockwise or counter-clockwise racing oval, but is better described as organized chaos.

Bike helmets and Disney characters are everywhere. So are the smiles beaming on children’s faces. Moms and dads have slipped away from work for a bit to try to capture that prized moment on video. Some of the children are stealthy and competitive, looking over their shoulders to size up the competition. Others are more interested in going really fast or learning what number the lady in charge of counting the laps is up to.

The more laps they complete around the track, the more donations they earn, and the more they are able to help kids just like them -- who happen to be sick and need treatment in a hospital.

Even at this young age, they get it --  admittedly, the competition and the fun and excitement of the race tends be more front-and-center in the minds of these youngsters -- but they do understand that they are helping other children, and they feel good about it.

Proceeds for a Good Cause

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital says that families never receive a bill from for treatment, travel, housing or food – because all a family should worry about is helping their child live.

They also note that you and your children make that possible, through donations and participation in events like the St. Jude trike-a-thon.

Hot Peas ‘N Butter

This year, you can dance along with the new St. Jude Trike-A-Thon theme song "Fresh Spokes" by Hot Peas 'N Butter. Hot Peas 'N Butter is a children’s musical group dedicated to “reaching kids through music without lowering musical standards.”

This is no minor gig. They won the 2006, 2008, 2009 and the 2012 "Parent's Choice Awards." Hot Peas 'N Butter incorporates elements of traditional Latin music, Afro-Caribbean rhythms, jazz, folk and rock. Hot Peas ‘n Butter has five albums of children’s music and has been featured on Nick Jr.’s Jack’s Big Music Show.

Bike Safety

And, of course, at any St Jude trike-a-thon, your child will be encouraged to be “bike safe” along with the sweet sounds of Hot Peas 'N Butter.


St. Jude doesn't make you go it alone -- there is stuff involved in your event!
Children and coordinators can earn T-shirts, backpacks, and more.

No matter how many laps your child completes, if you want to be assured of the T-shirt, just make a $35 donation. That is the threshold for the Trike-A-Thon T-shirt. Raising $100 or more  earns the T-shirt PLUS the St. Jude Trike-A-Thon backpack.

Next Steps:

"Start a ride that helps end cancer"

  • Are you a parent with young kids? Ask your child’s teacher or school administrator if the school knows about this event and might be interested in holding a trike-a-thon.
  • Are you a Montessori instructor or do you work with preschoolers, day care students or after school care participants? Holding your own St. Jude trike-a-thon might be just what your school needs to get that extra level of parental involvement and community feeling. Parents get into it, too!
  • Teach your preschool and daycare students bike safety and the importance of helping others—all while having fun! St. Jude will provide everything you need to have a great event that will leave a lasting impact on your students.

Call for more information: 1-800-626-BIKE (2453)
Or visit St Jude on the Web to read about the trike-a-thon.

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