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Lifetime Fitness, St. Jude partner up for 3rd annual Ride for a Reason

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Over 7,000 people participated in the 3rd annual Ride for a Reason event (Credit: KMOV) Over 7,000 people participated in the 3rd annual Ride for a Reason event (Credit: KMOV)
ELLISVILLE (KMOV.com) -

Wheels were spinning around the clock at the Lifetime Fitness Center in Ellisville Saturday morning.

Exercisers are up early for the 3rd annual “Ride for a Reason” event, a nationwide 4-hour indoor cycling relay.  People across the country pedal to raise funds for two causes: conducting childhood cancer research at St. Jude Hospital and the Lifetime Foundation.

The foundation is aimed to boost nutrition in schools.

“It’s not work, it’s fun,” said Scott Hainz, a participant in the event.

Hainz has been taking part in the charity event to benefit children over 40 years. He cycled over 18 miles during Saturday’s event.

"Anybody can sit on a bike, ride slow or ride fast, it's your pace. Even if you do 2 miles, that's 2 dollars they didn't get before that."

More than 7,000 people and 1,200 teams participated to raise one million dollars.

Lifetime Fitness of Ellisville manager Ashley Gormley said it’s amazing to see what people are doing.

Gormley feels gratified that her pedaling will help the families of the St. Jude’s patients never have to pay a bill for treatment.

"What we do is easy compared to children lying in a hospital bed fighting cancer and going through treatment. I think it kind of gives us a superpower to compete at a level we didn't know we could do,"Gormley said.

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