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Spin-a-Thon to benefit homeless vets in area

Jan. 16, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

HUNTINGTON -- The Marshall University Recreation Center will host a Spin-a-Thon from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, to raise money for homeless veterans.

The event will feature four one-hour spinning classes, each of which will be taught by a certified spinning instructor. Cost for each class is $20. You do not have to be a member of the Recreation Center to participate, and free parking will be available in the Joan C. Edwards Stadium parking lot.

All of the proceeds from the fundraiser benefit the Homeless Veterans Resource Center, located at 624 9th St. in downtown Huntington. At the Resource Center, social workers assist veterans with accessing health care, transitional housing, permanent housing, legal issues, substance abuse issues and employment services. The Center's service area includes two counties in Ohio, 10 in West Virginia and 12 in Kentucky.

The Spin-a-Thon is organized by the Marshall Recreation Center and Homeless Veterans Ride 2013, a group of bicyclists who are riding from Huntington to Washington, D.C., in June to raise awareness about and funds for homeless veterans. The group raised $28,000 for the Homeless Veterans Resource Center in 2012.

Registration for the Spin-a-Thon is available by visiting www.active.com/cycling-class/huntington-wv/homeless-veterans-spin-a-thon-2013. Participants also can sign up at the Recreation Center on the morning of the event but are asked to show up at least 15 minutes before their class.