The 30th annual International Health, Racquet and Sportsclub Association (IHRSA) show, held last month at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, was packed with a variety of activities for the more than 10,400 industry professionals, including 7,000 convention and trade show attendees.
One of the highlights of the IHRSA show was the Bash for Augieâ€™s Quest, a fundraiser for the Muscular Dystrophy Associationâ€™s research initiative. Life Fitness founder Augie Nieto, the eventâ€™s â€śchief inspiration officerâ€ť who six years ago was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), or Lou Gehrigâ€™s disease, posted on his Facebook page that this yearâ€™s event raised $1.3 million for ALS research, bringing the six-year total raised by Augieâ€™s Quest to more than $28 million.
The showâ€™s keynote speakers were authors Daniel Pink and Patrick Lencioni, Zappos founder Tony Hsieh, â€śThe Amazing Raceâ€ť host Phil Keoghan and U.S. Surgeon General Regina Benjamin, who also introduced Augie and Lynne Nieto at the Bash and appeared at Zumbathon, which raised $30,000 for Augieâ€™s Quest.
Next yearâ€™s IHRSA show will be held March 14-17, 2012, in Los Angeles in the L.A. Live sports and entertainment district, which includes the Los Angeles Convention Center.