'Ride for Hope' to raise funds for Cancer Coalition

— Cyclists will have an opportunity next month to get some exercise and raise money for a good cause at the same time.

Ride for Hope, an indoor cycling event hosted by the Cancer Coalition of South Georgia, will be held at Tony’s Gym on North Westover Boulevard Oct. 11 to help raise funds for cancer patients who are assisted through the organization.

During the event, Scott Schlesinger, international Spinning master instructor, will lead “The Everest Ride,” a two-hour adventure with video and music during which students can imagine pedaling up sheer vertical terrain through four camps.

As they reach the summit of Mount Everest, participants will celebrate by placing stakes in honor or memory of individuals they know who have been touched by cancer, coordinators of the event say.

Officials say the ride will help raise funds for cancer education, research and screening for people living in south Georgia. Fifty-five indoor cycling bikes will be available for sponsorship at three levels: $100, $500 and $1,000. Bikes can be sponsored in honor or in memory of someone touched by cancer.

“All fitness levels are encouraged to participate in this ride of honor and courage,” said Barbara Hoots, an area Spinning instructor and the event’s organizer, in a news release. “The darkened, non-competitive studio environment will allow riders to pedal at their own pace as we reach the summit together.”

Riders may complete the ride alone, or tag team with friends for the ride.

All donations to the Cancer Coalition will be used exclusively for programs to reduce cancer in the region’s communities.

“As a local organization, 100 percent of the event’s proceeds will stay in our area and allow us to continue providing services for people living right here,” Cancer Coalition CEO Diane Fletcher said in the news release. “We are grateful to Regions Bank and Tony’s Gym for partnering with us to provide this healthy, motivational opportunity. Through the Ride for Hope, participants can remember family and friends with cancer, while helping to fight cancer in our corner of the state.”

Those who wish to register to ride or sponsor a bike can visit www.sgacancer.org, or contact Emily Jorgenson at (229) 312-1700 or emily.jorgenson@sgacancer.org for more information. Registrations are due by Oct. 8.