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Event will benefit injured South Point grad

Oct. 14, 2012 @ 12:18 AM

HUNTINGTON -- The Marshall University Cycling Club will have a Spin-A-Thon from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 27, at the Marshall University Recreation Center.

Proceeds from the event will benefit Daniel Hughes, a teenager from South Point, Ohio, who was hit by a dump truck while riding his bike to class on the Ohio State University Campus. The fundraiser will help his family deal with medical bills related to the accident.

"I graduated from South Point, so him being from South Point caught my interest," said Corey Clark, secretary of the Marshall University Cycling Club. "Dannie Hughes lost his right leg and had 15 surgeries. He is facing bladder and pelvic reconstruction. We contacted the family via Facebook and asked if it would be OK to do a fundraiser for him. His father gave us the go ahead to do one, and I set up everything at the Recreation Center from there."

The event will use spinner bikes.

"Spinner bikes are for indoor classes that feature a variety of strength, endurance and interval training," Clark said. "They allow us to simulate a variety of situations including hills, fast flats, sprints and exhilarating finishes. The classes will be for riders of all skill levels. We have a good mix of participants ranging from teenagers to people in their 40s."

The Spin-A-Thon will consist of three 30-minute spin classes instructed by Stephanie Vlahos. There will be a 15-minut intermission period between classes. Attendants will be asked to make a $10 minimum donation per bike. Each session will feature 24 bikes per class. For specific details on the event, visit the Facebook page "MUCC Spin-A-Thon for Daniel Hughes" or email Corey Clark at marshalluniversitycycling@gmail.com. Walk-ins are welcome but bikes are limited. The club has also set up an online Paypal account for donors who will be unable to attend the event in person. Guests are not required to ride to make a donation.

For more information on the Marshall University Cycling Club, visit www.facebook.com/mucycling.

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