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(March 12, 2008 Los Angeles) This spring, fundraising for charities will take on a whole

new spin. On June 28, thousands of Spinning® enthusiasts across the country will join

actress Fran Drescher and other actors, athletes and enthusiasts to make the U.S. a

“Spinning® Nation”. The largest fundraising event of its kind, registered fundraisers will

participate in four consecutive one-hour classes conducted in licensed Spinning®

facilities throughout the 50 states. Each rider will have raised at least $250 in pledges,

and collected funds will be donated to Athletes for a Cure, The AIDS Research Alliance

and The Cancer Schmancer Movement.


Response to “Spinning® Nation” has already been overwhelming. According to Scott

Zagarino, Executive Director of event-developer Sportsgrants, Inc., over 150 clubs

signed up to participate during the first 10 days of registration. “We designed the event

to accommodate up to 500 clubs which we thought was a very ambitious goal,” said

Zagarino. “However, we have experienced such enthusiastic support for ‘Spinning®

Nation’ we may have to expand the parameters to include more clubs who want to take



“Spinning® Nation” will be a day that marks several firsts in event fundraising. Mad

Dogg Athletics Inc., owners of the Spinning® trademark, has for the first time endorsed a

single nationwide charitable event, and health clubs from coast to coast have never before

joined together to simultaneously conduct the same charitable program. In addition, this

will be the first time three charitable organizations with diverse constituencies have ever

partnered for a single event, one of the goals of the Sportsgrants, Inc. organization. “In

2007, various charity events held in the US raised 43 billion dollars, but at a cost of 57

billion dollars,” commented Zagarino. “We hope to change that fundraising paradigm

through Sportsgrants, Inc. by fostering innovative ideas and cooperation among

foundations, businesses and private citizens that result in effective fundraising with

minimum overhead and maximum benefit to the people and organizations who need our

help the most.”


According to John Baudhuin, CEO of Mad Dogg Athletics, there are currently 165,000

licensed Spinning® instructors and over 1 million people attending a Spinning® class

every week. “We are proud to choose ‘Spinning® Nation’ as our first nationwide

fundraising effort, “ Badhuin said. “It is fantastic to be able to channel the enthusiasm

people have for Spinning® towards fighting some of the world’s most devastating



Fran Drescher, who is president of Cancer Schmancer, is delighted to be part of this

groundbreaking event as well. “I’m absolutely thrilled that Cancer Schmancer has been

included as part of the Spinning® Nation fundraising event. I will do everything in my

power to make the day a success and I thank you from the bottom of my heart for helping

us realize our goal to ensure that all women’s cancers get diagnosed in Stage One when

they’re most curable.”


Athletes for a Cure is a sports fundraising initiative of the Prostate Cancer Foundation.

Prostate Cancer is the most common non-skin cancer in America, effecting 1 in 6 men.

The AIDS Research Alliance is a national leader in fast-track independent AIDS

research, seeking to develop a cure for AIDS and develop strategies to prevent new HIV

infections. Thirty-three million people are currently diagnosed with HIV/AIDS.



Media Contact:

Kathy Jones

Halo Group



For more information:

Spinning Nation

Athletes for a Cure

The Aids Research Alliance

The Cancer Schmancer Movement


Visit the Spinning® Nation Online Community

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Active contributor and EveryMan Triathlete Roman Mica and the endurance-loving folks over at have created a challenge worthy of celebration. Well, chances are you were going to be celebrating on your birthday anyway...


But this takes the party one step (or several, depending on how old you are) beyond the traditional cake and ice cream. The idea behind the B-Fit B-Day Challenge is to swim, bike and run your new age. To do this, take your age and:


1) Swim the number of miles in the first number

2) Run the number of miles in the second number

3) Bike the number of miles in the combined number


So a 45-year-old athlete would:


1) Swim 4 miles

2) Run 5 miles

3) Bike 45 miles


"My goal in creating the Challenge was to come up with something that has all of the athletic appeal of a triathlon, but with a much more gentle and family-friendly atmosphere," says Mica. "We really hope this new Challenge will encourage athletes, their friends, and their family to celebrate their birthday in a unique and healthy way."


The B-Fit B-Day Challenge is completely free and open to anyone of any age. The website currently boasts over 120 members. Those who join can create profiles with photos and video, interact and encourage others, post completion times and take part in some great sponsor premiums offered on the site.



(Thanks to B-Fit B-Day member Stronger for permission to use her awesome photo montage!)


The Challenge is divided into three levels: Gold, Silver and Bronze.


Bronze: Do all three (swim/bike/run) during the week of their birthday.

Silver: Do all three (swim/bike/run) in the 72 hours (three days) before, after or during their birthday.

Gold: Do all three (swim/bike/run) in 24 hours to celebrate their birthday!


Some important notes: Since "0" birthdays (like 10, 20, 30, 40, 50...) are important milestones, the "0" represents a 10. This means that on those "0" birthdays athletes must celebrate this big milestone by running ten miles. 


Also, note that transitions don't count in the overall time.


"It's not so much about how far or how fast you go or how many people you pass, but more of a celebration of your life, health and fitness on your birthday," Mica says. "In other words, where a race is highly competitive, stressful, punishing and very publicyou know...a racethe B-Fit B-Day Challenge is personal, intimate, rewarding and stress free."

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