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Spinning to fight hunger

Thousands of needy East Texans will be provided meals this holiday season, all thanks to some fitness gurus.  360 Fitness in Tyler teamed up with various sponsors to benefit the East Texas Food Bank.  As KLTV 7's Courtney Lane show us, they worked-up quite a sweat doing it.

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The Marines brought the music and they were off.  They didn't move too far, but did go a long way in fighting hunger.

"Every dollar that we raise serves about 8 meals to people here in East Texas, so our goal was to serve over 20,000 meals, and we've definitely done that," said Melinda Prince, co-owner of 360 Fitness. 

"What we do is we have eight hours of ride time, and it's like a marathon," said Michael Prince, co-owner of 360 Fitness.  "We just switch the riders out, every hour, however long somebody wants to ride."  For Scarlett Griffiths, 13 that was about 20 minutes.

"It gets harder and harder, and it's hard to slow down, so you have to put all your strength into it," said Griffiths.  "It felt pretty good."  Michael and Melinda Prince plan on making this Holiday Spin Bike Marathon an annual fundraiser.

"I visited the East Texas Food Bank this summer and was so impressed with just the scope and the magnitude of their facility and organization," said Melinda.  "It just inspired my husband and I to create this event, and it's just been awesome to have the support of the community and our club members behind us."  Not only were sponsors and riders supporting a good cause, but trimming calories at the same time.

"Number one, it's two days after Thanksgiving, so we're burning off some of the Thanksgiving calories, but the health benefits are the cardio in and of itself is great," said Michael.

"I'm sure some of us are still stuffed, so we're coming out here and burning off all that turkey and dressing and sweet potato pie and raising money for a good cause," said Melinda.  And they went far beyond their goal of $2,500.  Saturday, close to $4,000 dollars was raised to feed families over the holidays.

Courtney Lane, Reporting  clane@kltv.com

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