Spin-A-Thon raises money for Jumpstart

Comox Recreation’s 23-hour (daylight savings) Spin-A-Thon raised over $7,000 for the Canadian Tire Jumpstart program.

RICHARD KANIGAN was a close third in a special challenge during Comox Recreation's Spin-A-Thon.

RICHARD KANIGAN was a close third in a special challenge during Comox Recreation's Spin-A-Thon.

Comox Recreation’s 23-hour (daylight savings) Spin-A-Thon raised over $7,000 for the Canadian Tire Jumpstart program.

From March 10 at 3 p.m. to March 11 at 3 p.m., eight relay teams pedalled spin bikes around the clock in the community centre’s fitness studio annex. Team 18 & UP took first place with a total of 674.7 kilometres, second place went to Mountain City Cycle with 674.6 and third to Sink or Spin with 674 km.

The top distance riders were Dave Calis (18 & UP) with 39 km, Shelley Ashfield (Team Comox) with 37.6 km and Sean Calis (18 & UP) with 37.4km.

Mandy Johns, Comox Recreation’s program director, challenged CAO Richard Kanigan, recreation director Jim Stevenson and Mayor Paul Ives to beat her 30.5-km ride.

Ives won with 31.1 km, Stevenson was a close second with 31 km and Kanigan pulled in third with 30 km.

Kanigan complained his ride was cut short and that gave his opponents an advantage. Ives offered him a rematch, but Kanigan declined — something about not being able to sit.

The Jumpstart program is dedicated to removing barriers so children can participate in organized sport and recreation.

Comox Recreation thanks the participants and all of their sponsors for making the Spin-A-Thon such a success. A special thank you goes to Glenn Hascarl for organizing the event.