My team’s Pan-Mass Challenge spin-a-thon fundraiser was this past weekend! We had almost all of our riders at the event (just missing 2!).
The spin-a-thon was the event that I was in charge of, so as you can imagine, I was a bit stressed leading up to it. I’m not an event planner or do this often so I was afraid I would forget something major. Thankfully, everything went smoothly!
We hosted the event at Healthworks Back Bay which has a nice, new spin studio with 34 brand spanking new bikes to go along with it. A few of us brought some treats for the riders and for gym-goers that would like to take a baked good for a donation. The yellow and blue BAA themed cupcakes and the to-die for chocolate cookies with peanut butter chips were made by our rider Jen (in the green shirt on the way right). Jen just started a bakery business called Blue Goose Bakery. Check her out and go “like” her on Facebook! It will definitely make her day! 🙂 The pink frosted cupcakes were made by me…I wanted to bring extra goods just in case and I didn’t have a lot of time so I made box mix funfetti cupcakes! I also made some no-bake energy bites and Pam made some granola so that our spin-a-thon participants had some healthy options for food too.
Though the baked goods were great, this event wouldn’t have been able to happen without Elise Petersen from Eat.Sweat.Balance and Ali Baldassare from Move Sweat Love. These lovely ladies graciously donated their time to teach a spin session for my PMC team. They also both put in the extra effort to help me recruit people to attend the class! Elise and I even got our boyfriends to spin in her class. Let’s just say it was hilarious when her boyfriend THOUGHT he knew how to get to the spin studio but in reality he was heading into the women’s locker room! I called out “I think that’s the wrong way….” but he was too far gone.
Even though I felt a little frantic at times, I kind of loved checking in everyone because I pretty much knew everyone who was attending. If I didn’t know the person, I was excited to meet them! I was also pumped to meet some people in real life that I only had communication via social media-like fellow runner Kate who knows my friend Sarah and Sara who works for Eventbrite and has been helping me out with planning this event. Tori, Jennifer Phelan’s assistant, made an appearance and brought a friend. My friend Ariel showed up for her FIRST ever spin class! And I was slightly giddy to realize that Jacqui Mimno who attended is also a Pilates instructor. I am falling in love with Pilates workouts and love finding new instructors to take classes with!
Can we also just say that my friend Sara who is prego took the class?! She arrived a little late and apparently when she walked into the spin room, everyone pretty much gasped. She rocked the class and I’m SUPER impressed. I hope that when my day comes and I’m pregnant that I can get my exercise on like her! (Don’t worry folks-she got approval by her doc to take the class!)
The attendees left the classes saying how tough the workouts were and how much they loved the amazing the playlists. Kristina who has been to spin classes before said that Elise taught her the proper form for spinning which she wasn’t taught in other classes. Dave said that it was a great workout for his legs and he thought Elise was very motivating (this was his first spin class too!). He said that he felt a little funny when Elise got them to sing BSB-which made me crack up laughing. I wish she had told me because I totally would have gotten that on tape! And Elise wasn’t the only one who had people loving her class. My friend Stacey pretty much had a heart attack when she found out Ali was teaching. Actually her response was, “SHUT UP! Ali is teaching?! Just TAKE all my money!!” Best reaction ever!
After all the spin class sales, baked good donations and raffle ticket sales, we rang in with a total of $1463!!! Woohoo! A special thanks goes out to those whose who donated prizes! The attendees were raving about how awesome the prizes were and we had multiple people buying additional raffle tickets. I have to be honest, it took a lot of will power for me to NOT enter the raffles!
- BTone Fitness
- ETC Juicery
- Exhale Spa
- The Handle Bar Indoor Cycling Studio
- Healthworks Fitness Centers
- Pure Barre Boston
- Redline Fight Sports
- Reebok Cross Fit Back Bay
And lastly-a BIG thanks to all of the people who came to SPIN! The event really wouldn’t have been such a huge success if you weren’t there!
Other events we have coming up are an auction June 26th and also a Spa Night July 10th with Mary Kay products. If you have any donations you would like to make for our auction or if you would like to attend the Spa Day, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org!