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Benefit dedicated to former Sewickley YMCA member

| Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013, 8:24 p.m.
A Spin-A-Thon will be held March 10 at Sewickley Valley YMCA in honor of the late Doug Millar, a YMCA member who died in January, to raise money for the Changing Lives Campaign. Submitted photo
A Spin-A-Thon, where participants will pedal bikes like the ones pictured individually or as a team for eight hours, to benefit the Changing Lives Campaign will be held from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 10 at the Sewickley Valley YMCA. Submitted photo

They'll be sitting and spinning their wheels for eight hours straight to help others get a chance to do the same.

The Sewickley Valley YMCA's second Spin-a-Thon, planned from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 10, will benefit the Changing Lives Campaign, which raises money each year to help economically disadvantaged families have access to YMCA programs.

The Spin-a-Thon is dedicated this year to the late Doug Millar of Sewickley, an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed cycling.

“His wife Debbie is a longtime participant in our cycling program, and they both have been great supporters of the Y and its mission,” said Adriane Stoner, senior health and wellness director.

“We wanted to dedicate this as a way to say thank you for their support and as an opportunity to honor Doug's memory.”

Spin-a-Thon participants will pedal stationary bicycles in teams and decide how to complete the eight-hour ride. Most will have eight on a team, and each member will ride for an hour, Stoner said.

Four teams were registered as of last week, and there is room for 10 teams. Participation is on a first-come, first-served basis, and if there is space, walk-ons the day of the event will be permitted. One bike will be reserved for individuals, who also can request to be put on a team.

The event, sponsored by Sewickley Chiropractic Center, was created last year when Stoner said YMCA officials wanted to host a fundraiser that challenged people on a fitness/wellness level. The Spin-a-Thon raised $3,500.

“Spinning/cycling continues to be a core program that is designed to provide a fun/nonimpacting cardiovascular workout that is appropriate for all fitness levels,” Stoner said.

“Most all of us know how to ride a bike — something we did as a kid and enjoyed.”

There will be no event winners named, but all riders are eligible to win prizes, such as a $500 gift card to Trek Pittsburgh bicycle store, $100 gift card to Sewickley Spa and a one-hour massage from Van Salon Inc., an Aveda lifestyle salon in Sewickley.

Snacks and chair massages also will be available.

To get involved and for more information, email astoner@sewickleyymca.org.

Joanne Barron is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-324-1406 or jbarron@tribweb.com.

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