EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - Evolution ByCycle, a spin studio in East Brunswick, recently held their third annual Spin-A-Thon on Saturday, December 16th. This year’s 4-hour ride raised funds for those in Puerto Rico still suffering from the recent hurricanes. Evolution ByCycle is a boutique studio located in The Fields Sports Complex on Cranbury Road. The studio offered this event free of charge, asking only that participants give any donation they were able to help once again reach their goal of $10,000. The event was music-packed, with different instructors from across the nation leading the ride, refreshments, fun, lots of laughter, and very dedicated cyclists of all ages and experiences. Cyclists rode from as little as 15 minutes to the full 4 hours.
Once again, Evolution ByCycle teamed up with Ascary Arias, founder of Vidas de Esperanza , a charitable organization dedicated to serving communities in both the United States and Mexico. This organization strives to provide the fundamental tools necessary to promote education and healthcare for a better life in less fortunate communities. Arias has a natural love for the outdoors and fitness, and a passion for cycling. He grew up in a city in the state of Hidalgo, Mexico, where he witnessed firsthand the difficulties of struggling to obtain everyday necessities that many of us too often take for granted. Fusing his passion for cycling with helping others, Arias recently collected and refurbished used bicycles in his home state of North Carolina, and drove them down to Mexico to distribute to underprivileged children in Hidalgo, allowing them to enjoy this wonderful outdoor activity and benefit from the exercise and socialization that bicycling provides.
The first Spin-A-Thon by Evolution ByCycle in 2015 put a much-needed roof on a school, as well as modified a home for a disabled elderly woman in Hildago. Last year in 2016, the money raised from the Spin-A-Thon allowed a well to be built in Hildago, providing the basic need of fresh water for the community. This year, Mr. Arias saw the tremendous need to give to the hurricane-stricken island of Puerto Rico. The studio hopes that their goal of $10,000 will be reached through the generous donations of numerous cyclists and friends. A GoFund Me page has been set up at https://www.gofundme.com/evolution-bycycles-spin-a-thon, where ongoing donations can be made after the event.