Spin Doctors: Marriott fitness team rolls out another charity ride

An international fitness consultant has kept his promise of a year ago, to turn a charitable spinning marathon into an annual event.

This Saturday, September 16, will see the second annual “National Charity Schwinn Cycling Marathon in Armenia” with hopes that it will raise even more than it did last year for a charitable project.

Last October’s similar spinning marathon drew about 50 cyclists representing a number of organizations and hundreds of onlookers and guests who also had a chance to contribute to charity while 11 (one-wheeled) bicycles were in motion for six hours. As a result, Armenia’s first spinfest raised $3,200 for the Nerses Mets Special Boarding School.

Co-organizer of the event, Marriott Hotel Fitness Consultant Andrzej Hentszel, from Poland, says: “I feel very happy that I can organize it again. We hope to raise even more money for charity this year, especially that now we have sponsors who support our preparations.”

All money raised during this year’s marathon will be spent to support Yerevan Special School N 15 for Deaf Children and Children with Hearing Disabilities.

Charity cyclists who have reserved bicycles already began training at Marriott Hotel on weekday nights in preparation for the Saturday event.

Schwinn "Spinning" is an indoor training on a special bike accompanied by loud music with a clear beat.

Participants spin according to the trainer, and each rider can change speed and resistance of the bike.

The six-hour marathon will begin near Armenia Marriott Hotel in the capital’s Republic Square at 2.00 pm Saturday. Throughout the event participants and guests will be entertained by singers, dancers, comedians, and will have a chance to watch fashion and martial art shows.

“Our goal is not only to make it to the end of the marathon, but we mostly wish to collect funds for charity. We want people to come and join us, support our charity goals and simply have fun with us,” say Hentszel, who together with instructor and event co-organizer Mher Grigoryan, plans to repeat their achievement of last year, by spinning all six hours. Other participants may replace each other.

Each participant offers a symbolic contribution of 10,000 AMD (about $26) for each hour spent on the bike.

Raffle tickets, at 2,000 AMD, will give buyers a chance to win a flight to Vienna for one person and a weekend stay for up to two people, as well as gifts and prizes.

Armenia Marriott Hotel will also support the school with the entire revenue made on September 16 in the outside restaurant “Vienna Café”.

Hentszel says the motto of the marathon remains the same: “There are no losers – we all can feel like true winners”.

The event is held in partnership with Armenia Marriott Hotel, ArmenTel, Austrian Airlines, HSBC Bank, Kotayk, the British and US. Embassies in Armenia, Quality School International (QSI), IAB Center.