Cyclists showed up to Gateway Fitness in the early morning Tuesday to spin for a good cause.
The gym hosted a spin-a-thon to benefit the FISH Food Bank. The event encouraged donations to the food bank and was supported by local businesses.
It’s the brain child of Gateway Fitness spin instructor and personal trainer Carolyn Elliot.
Elliot had been involved in food drives around Thanksgiving and Christmas, but she wanted to do something in another season — a time when the donations don’t come in as quickly.
“I know during the summertime it’s hard for them to keep up,” Elliot said. “We really wanted to support the food bank during a time when a lot of people (aren’t donating).”
The original plan was to put the bikes out in the parking lot that faces state Route 16, but a morning downpour meant the spinners had to relocate.
Spinners broke a sweat from 5 a.m. to noon, splitting the time into shifts. It was an event open to all, not just Gateway Fitness customers.
Other local businesses around Gig Harbor pitched in to help with the effort. Grocers Haggen and QFC donated to the food bank while Starbucks and The Hub brought food to the spinners to keep them going.
Shifts varied for the bikers, Elliot said. Some lasted three hours, some took a two-hour shift and others formed teams and distributed the time.
Elliot has been working at Gateway Fitness for about 14 years. Her favorite form of cardiovascular exercise is spinning, and she also knew the other spin instructors well. That’s how she decided on a spin-a-thon for the food drive.
Hopefully, Elliot said, it won’t be the last. She’d like to do another one when the weather is better so the bikes can be outside, overlooking the bridge.
Gateway Fitness is located at 2619 Jahn Ave., Building G. For more information on the gym, visit gatewayfitnessonline.com.