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“Spin Marathon” to pedal for charity in the Rec Center

The Parthenon

Published: Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Updated: Tuesday, October 8, 2013 23:10

A Marshall University Recreation Center Physical Education and Lifetime instructor will host “Spin Marathon” Thursday at 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. and 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. in Studio C of the Rec Center to help raise money for Team Healthier Generation, a charity that fights to help prevent childhood obesity.

Erin Hickok, Physical Education and Lifetime instructor and Public Employees Insurance Agency exercise physiologist, will lead the spinning.

“So often we try to fix the problem after it’s already occurred, such as trying to lose weight once it’s already been gained,” Hickok said. “We are trying to prevent the problem occurring in the first place by educating families, and better yet, children themselves.”

Team Healthier Generation is participating in the New York City Marathon and offered Hickok a spot on the team.

“I am a running fanatic in the Huntington community and also teach running classes at the Recreation Center,” she said. “Running the NYC Marathon has always been something I’ve wanted to do and be able to cross off my bucket list.”

When creating this event, Hickok came up with the idea to do a spin-a-thon in an effort to reach a different group of athletes.

“Many runners are so willing to help in my fundraising efforts for the New York City Marathon because we share the same passion—running,” she said. “So I thought why not bring in another group of people and combine their passion with my fundraising efforts to fight childhood obesity, because that is the most important goal.”

Marshall Recreation Center has lent a helping hand as well.

“Marshall Rec has been a big help in my fundraising efforts, especially Michelle Muth [assistant director of marketing and memberships],” Hickok said. “They have donated time to help me organize the event as well as donated the facility space to allow it to occur.”

The Rec Center isn’t the only one rolling up its sleeves for a good cause. Many other Huntington organizations have shown support by donating various prizes as well.

“Prizes will be awarded from Huntington Cycle, Glenn’s Sporting Goods, Jim’s Steak and Spaghetti, Sun Tan City and many more,” she said.

The spin-a-thon costs $15 and Hickok would like to note that if they cannot attend the event, they can still donate to help raise money via the website on the flier.

“My overall goal to be raised is $3,500 and would like to extend a thank you to my loved ones by supporting me through this journey,” she said.

Carissa Janczewski can be contacted at


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