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Spinners raise thousands for tsunami relief

Daily Staff Report
Special to the Daily Polly Perkins was among 55 riders who rode in the Aria fund-raiser. Her 8-year-old son Cooper, proud of his mother's contribution, gave $8 in quarters from his piggy bank.

VAIL – On Feb. 5, the gym at the Aria Spa and Club in the Cascade Resort was filled with 42 bike – it may have been the largest spin class ever held in the Vail Valley. Of the fifty-five riders, some chose to rode the entire three hours, while others shared their bike with a friend. Why would they sit on a bike inside for three hours? Every rider in the room had gathered contributions from family and friends, and pulled out their own checkbooks, all to support tsunami relief efforts in south Asia.

Instructors Shanah Windey, Dan Timm and Jennifer Sage led the riders. “Ride for Relief” was Sage’s idea. She also brought in the highest amount of donations with over $2,300.”I knew the energy levels would be amazing here and tired to inspire as many people as possible to ride,” said Sage, who is the spa’s spinning director.

Brenda Harper raised the second most money, collecting over $1,300. Extra bikes were brought to the fund-raiser by the Vail Athletic Club, the Homestead Court Club and a Silverthorne recreation center.

The recipients the fund-raiser were the Red Cross International Relief Fund and the Vail Downvalley Rotary Tsunami Fund. A total of $12,000 has been raised so far. Vail, Colorado

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