April 11

Kelly Steele

Feb 26, 2014 - 6:00 PM EST
Last Updated: Feb 26, 2014 - 2:27 PM EST
Whether you are a hardcore cyclist or just someone who wants to help a great cause, Spinergize is a great way to get energized.
This annual fundraiser, on March 22 from 7 a.m. to noon at Caesars Windsor, started in 2008 after a group wanted to find a different way to raise money for Hospice of Windsor and Essex County.
“We wanted to come up with a new and unique idea for the area,” said Keith Henry, president of Windsor Mold. “There were already a lot of runs and walks so we decided to get everyone on spin bikes and have them get pledges.”
Spinergize turned out to be a great idea with the first year drawing 75 people and has since grown to 205 riders. To date, the fundraiser has raised close to $150,000 with Subway being one of its main sponsors. Henry said the employees at Windsor Mold, a sponsor of the event, help to get all the spin bikes from the local gyms to the Caesars Windsor where the event is held.
“That is not an easy job,” he said, with a laugh. “Those bikes weigh a tonne and getting them out of the gyms and into Caesars is a really challenge. But everyone pitches in and helps.”
The money raised from this year’s fundraiser will support the Just for Kids programs at Hospice of Windsor and Essex County. The goal for this year is $35,000.
The Kids House is a place for children to explore illness, grief and bereavement in an age-appropriate manner, furthering their understanding of what is occurring and facilitating family communication, explained John McKibbon Jr., Fitness for Hospice co-ordinator. All of the programs are offered free of charge and are designed to help bring back some normalcy and stability into the lives of children affected by life-altering diagnosis.
And, as McKibbon says you don’t have to be an athlete or in great shape to participate, you just have to want to raise money for Hospice.
“It’s not a competitive event, it’s designed for people to come out and have fun while raising money for a great cause,” McKibbon said. “We lost my aunt to cancer six years ago. Now every year the family comes out as Team Theresa. They are just out there to get some exercise while raising money for cancer and remembering Theresa.”
The format of the day is really very simple. Participants sign up as individuals or teams and are expected to ride the spin bike for one hour. During the one hour there will be music and instructors to motivate and guide the riders.
“There are a lot of different people that participate from active cyclists to those who have never been on a bike before,” Henry said. “But it’s just about coming out and having fun.”
For more information check out windsorspinathon.com/index.php
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