More than three weeks ago, I helped run and organize the Major Taylor Spin-a-thon. I had never been to a spin-a-thon, let alone help run one, so I had no idea what to expect. As the spin-a-thon approached, I did my duties, making a flier, registering eager participants, and making sure we had all the foreseeable kinks out of the system.
And then the day of the event came. I arrived hoping that we would have at least one hour of a full house, and it was impossible to tell how many people were there with people running in and out of the room, heading to change, picking out the ideal location and chatting with old spinning buddies, but I was extremely impressed to find that we had almost every saddle filled for the first two hours and only one empty bike the last hour. This included some intrepid Major Taylor teens who got to see what stationary biking was all about. What made this even more impressive was the fact that we had managed to wrangle up five extra bikes the day of the event.
Apart from the fact that it was full, people were so excited about the cause that we actually had 25 people ride for all three hours. I was exhausted just watching them, but they gave it their all, and along with everyone else, we more than doubled our goal of $5,000 and raised nearly $12,000, with money still coming in three weeks after the event.
Thank you everyone who came out to support our efforts, and thank you Ed for inspiring so much enthusiasm for the Major Taylor Project.