The Johnson Memorial Children's Events
over 100 kids strong and growing
There's nothing quite like the joy that comes from riding a bike. Whether it be on pavement, through dirt, or over rocks. Hopping on a bike is one of life's simple pleasures. Bikes are a way to get around town, to relax, to have adventures, and to stay happy and healthy.
Simply put, we believe that life is far more enjoyable when it's experienced on two wheels. We believe that by coming together, we can make our world a better place to ride.
Johnson Memorial Youth Races
Camp Manatoc's Big Valley Mountain Bike weekend has grown into NE Ohio largest two day bike festival. Youth participation has grown from 10 kids to over 100 strong at this event under the direction and leadership of the Johnson Family. On August 7, 2011 we lost the loving smiles, dedication and passion of Russell, Gudrun, Bryan and Autumn Johnson during the shooting rampage in Copley township. They will never be forgotten and we will carry on the tradition and contagious smiles to all the children who participate in what is now known as the Johnson Memorial Youth Races.
Johnson Memorial Youth Event Schedule at Camp Manatoc
Please give you and your family plenty of time to register for the proper event and note that registration ends promptly at 12:00 at which time a youth riders meeting will be held. Registration will be at the main event pavilion. Every child will receive a finishing medal.
Youth races are free however a gate fee will be collected upon entry to the Manatoc Experience of $5.00 per person for adults participating in the open riding. Donations accepted.
BIKES 4 KIDS PRESENTATION - a local underprivileged youth will receive a free Bicycle and Bell Helmet
YOUTH Race - Mini-Mites | "Tikes' n' training wheels!" Course will follow a safe, slightly downward grassy slope for maximum safety and controlled speed! Parents are encouraged to walk next to and help or encourage children as needed. Training wheels or trikes.
YOUTH Race - Mini-Sonics | ages: 8 & under |"Fresh from the training wheels" Course will be a mixture of grassy fields and maybe some singletrack. 1 lap
YOUTH Race - Super-Sonics | 10 & under | "Able to handle mountain bike in most trail situations. Rocking the singletrack!" Course will dive into assortment of grassy fields, and fun filled singletrack! 2 laps
YOUTH Race - Nitro-Sonics | 12 & under | "Able to handle mountain bike in most trail situations. Rocking the singletrack!" Course will dive into assortment of grassy fields, and fun filled singletrack! 3 laps
BIKE LIMBO CONTEST: How low can you go. A favorite at the 331 youth clinics. We will have 2-3 events/categories based not on age, but on bike wheel size.
TIKES AWARD CEREMONY (all kids will receive medals)
Join us during the months of July, August & September. We have free weekly youth rides where we'll work on a few skills and then head out on the trail to put the skills to use. See the link for youth initiative for more information.