Our goal with the Dale Jr. Foundation Safe Kids 301 event is simple - to provide an opportunity for children of all ages to practice and learn bicycling skills in a safe and fun environment.James Esdon, Injury Prevention Center Coordinator
The warm weather is here, and the best place to enjoy the warmth is at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Wednesday, May 25. That’s when kids and families can take their bicycles and ride a few laps around the iconic NASCAR track in the annual Dale Jr. Foundation Safe Kids 301, presented by Speedway Children’s Charities.
The event is a bike safety celebration hosted by the Dartmouth Health Children’s Injury Prevention Center and Speedway Children’s Charities at NHMS.
“Our goal with the Dale Jr. Foundation Safe Kids 301 event is simple - to provide an opportunity for children of all ages to practice and learn bicycling skills in a safe and fun environment,” said Injury Prevention Center Coordinator James Esdon. “Thanks to our partnership with New Hampshire Motor Speedway and Speedway Children’s Charities, Dartmouth Health Children’s has been planning and running this free event for more than 15 years.”
The track will be open from 5 to 7 pm to all kids and adults who love to ride their bikes, and the event is free of charge to all participants. When families are at the track, they can visit vendors who have several activities and exhibits to promote healthy habits. There will be free helmet checks, bike-safety inspections with S&W Sports and free helmets for children who need one.
“Long-time supporters like Golden Cross Ambulance, S&W Sports and Hannaford, along with a host of volunteers, provide vital services that allow us to continue this tradition year after year,” said Esdon.
Vendors and activities include:
- S&W Sports – bike safety checks
- U.S. Forest Service and Smokey the Bear
- New Hampshire Fire Marshal’s Office and its mascot, Sparky
- Buckle-Up New Hampshire & Teen Driver Safety with Dartmouth Health Children’s Injury Prevention Center
- Golden Cross Ambulance
- EMS for Children – Touch-a-truck ambulance and teddy bear clinic
- Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center Trauma Program
- Elliot Hospital – helmet safety checks
- Hannaford – snacks and water
- Drowning prevention station
- Granite State Pro Stock Late Model – race car
- Well Sense
- NH Healthy Families – FREE bike raffle
- NH Office of Highway Safety
- The Kennek Foundation
- NH Homeland Security and Emergency Management and Ready the Prepared Puppy
- Girl Scouts of America
The Injury Prevention Center is part of Dartmouth Health’s Population Health Division and aims to keep kids safe across New Hampshire. Injury Prevention operates many programs, including car seat and seat belt safety, and initiatives to reduce falls and sports and recreation injuries. The full array of Injury Prevention programs is available at CHaDKids.org/injury-prevention.
About Dartmouth Health
Dartmouth Health, New Hampshire's only academic health system and the state's largest private employer, serves patients across northern New England. Dartmouth Health provides access to more than 2,000 providers in almost every area of medicine, delivering care at its flagship hospital, Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center (DHMC) in Lebanon, NH, as well as across its wide network of hospitals, clinics and care facilities. DHMC is consistently named the #1 hospital in New Hampshire by U.S. News & World Report, and recognized for high performance in numerous clinical specialties and procedures. Dartmouth Health includes its Dartmouth Cancer Center, one of only 51 National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers in the nation, and the only such center in northern New England; Dartmouth Health Children’s, including the Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center, the state’s only children’s hospital and clinic locations around the region; member hospitals in Lebanon, Keene and New London, NH, and Windsor, VT, and Visiting Nurse and Hospice for Vermont and New Hampshire; and more than 24 clinics that provide ambulatory services across New Hampshire and Vermont. Through its historical partnership with Dartmouth and the Geisel School of Medicine, Dartmouth Health trains nearly 400 medical residents and fellows annually, and performs cutting-edge research and clinical trials recognized across the globe with Geisel and the White River Junction VA Medical Center in White River Junction, VT. Dartmouth Health and its more than 13,000 employees are deeply committed to serving the healthcare needs of everyone in our communities, and to providing each of our patients with exceptional, personal care.