Ride for the Troops

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Do you have an enthusiastic indoor cycling group at your club? Do you want to help the men and women who are serving our company in the military? If you can say yes to both of those questions, then you should check out this year's Spinning Nation charity event, which is set for Feb. 27. The proceeds from this year's event will go to Ride 2 Recovery, a charity that benefits mental and physical rehabilitation of people in the armed forces.

All you have to do is be willing to donate time in your indoor cycling studio on Feb. 27 to the event and host special Spinning classes in which participants will request donations from family, friends and other club members for their "ride."

You start, however, by going to the Spinning Nation Web site and signing up your facility for the event. Once you do that, your members can go to the site and sign up to participate under your club's name. Then, they request donations. And, of course, they show up on Feb. 27 to pedal away!

More than 100 clubs participated in last year's event, raising more than $250,000.

Spinning, which is putting on the event, is partnering with 24 Hour Fitness, which means that at least 350 24 Hour Fitness facilities will already be participating.

John Baudhuin, CEO and founder of Mad Dogg Athletics (which owns the Spinning brand), said about this year's charity: "When we donated the first Spinning Centers to the National Naval Medial Center in Bethesda, MD, and the Veterans Administration (VA) Hospital in Los Angeles, we were immediately taken by the tremendous struggle that so many men and women in the armed forces face in recovering from physical and mental trauma. Seeing the program in action has really opened our eyes to the need for programs like Spinning to help these determined and courageous individuals recover from their injuries. When I first met John Wordin from Ride 2 Recovery, it was amazing how aligned we were in our mission to help wounded veterans. Spinning Nation is a perfect event to help benefit such a charity."

Ride 2 Recovery is produced by the Fitness Challenge Foundation in partnership with the military and the VA Volunteer Service Office to benefit mental and physical rehabilitation programs that feature cycling as the core activity. The money supports Spinning Recovery Labs and outdoor cycling programs at military and VA locations in the United States to help injured veterans overcome obstacles.

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