Spin-a-thons are the New 5K

Charity spin-a-thons are popping up all over the city to raise money and promote health.

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Team indoor cycling for a cause seems to be the new “it” way to exercise for charity. We don’t expect “spin-a-thons” to replace 5Ks completely, because we know once the weather warms up, there will be ample charity 5Ks every weekend. But since indoor cycling is as popular as ever, it is only natural that spinning would be used as a way to raise money for charity similar to a 5K race.

The concept is simple: Start a team, raise money, and then sweat your butt off on a spin bike, all for a good cause.

Three upcoming spin-a-thons:

What: Cycle for Survival
When: Sunday, February 10
Where: Equinox Boston
(225 Franklin Street; 617-426-2140)

Cycle for Survival is a national indoor team cycling event, owned and operated by Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. Equinox gyms were founding partners. In six years, Cycle for Survival has raised more than $18 million for rare cancer research and funded more than 50 rare cancer research programs. Registration is still open for the event.

What: The United Way Emerging Leaders Spin-a-thon
When: Saturday, February 16
Where: The Sports Club/LA
, (4 Avery St; 617-375-8200)

The Emerging Leaders Spin-a-thon is a five-hour relay that raises money for the United Way’s Youth Venture Program, which supports local young people in implementing ideas for social change in their communities.

What: Miracle for Miles for Boston Children’s Hospital
When: Sunday, February 24th
Where: Boston Sports Clubs Wellington Circle (70 Station Landing; 781-391-1622); Boston Sports Clubs Wellesley (140 Great Plain Avenue; 781-263-5700)

Miracle for Miles is a four-hour, relay spin-a-thon that benefits Boston Children’s. Team members must be 14 years or older to participate.


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