Long Island cyclists geared up on Sunday, March 29 for the fourth annual Spin marathon to benefit The Ralph Lauren Center for Cancer Care and Prevention.
Up to 20 cyclists took part in the event, which traversed four different fitness centers, including the Sid Jacobson JCC in East Hills, and the Equinox Fitness Centers in Great Neck, Roslyn, and Woodbury. Each center donated their facilities and the spin and exercise instructors volunteered their services to teach the classes.
Participants traveled as a group by bus to each site. A sense of community was shared by all during the bus rides with the help of donations including nutritious edibles, raffle prizes provided by local merchants, and two masseuses compliments of the Spa at Equinox.
The event raised over $8,000 with additional donations expected. In the four years of its existence, this benefit has generated nearly $50,000 in contributions to help bring awareness and directly increase rates of screening for colon cancer.
The event is the brainchild of Dr. Alan Sloyer, a Roslyn resident and a practicing gastroenterologist in Great Neck.
"This year was especially satisfying as we had a very diverse group of passionate participants, including a group of high school students and several grandparents," Dr. Sloyer noted. "Everyone was supportive of each other, and this provided tremendous energy for the day."