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Spinning for a cause

POSTED: Saturday, November 29, 2008 - 11:16pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, March 17, 2010 - 11:59am

East Texas ride bikes for eight hours; money benefits the East Texas Food Bank

TYLER - Officials with the East Texas Food Bank say 100,000 families across our area will be counting on them this holiday season.

So Saturday, members of our community showed up for a charity event to make sure our hungriest neighbors have meals to eat this Christmas.

"This is our first annual spin marathon," Melinda Prince, 360 Fitness co-owner, said. "They cycled for eight hours to raise money for a great organization - the East Texas Food Bank."

The inaugural event, officially called the "Holiday Charity Spin Marathon" is the brainchild of Prince and husband Michael. Their goal was to raise $2,500 to feed families in 26 East Texas counties but they surpassed that amount by earning over $4,000. According to the ETFB - $1 is enough to serve eight meals. That means 32,000 people across East Texas will benefit from the fundraiser.

Local Marines also joined in the festivities by riding and providing entertainment all day long.

"It's not necessarily always about ourselves as individuals," said Sgt. Christopher Mingle. "It's about the community we serve."

This is how the Spin Marathon worked:

Families, companies and organizations donated money for riders to spin from 10 a.m.- 6 p.m. Saturday. Some rode for an hour, give or take, and people switched out with teammates all day long until the eight-hour marathon was complete.

Others in the community dropped off food and donations.

Mr. And Mrs. Prince said they were thrilled so many people came out. They want to remind everyone to keep giving throughout the holidays.

"We are taking donations," said Melinda. "Whether it's money or food, drop it off, it's all for the East Texas Food Bank."

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