Hagerstown Community College takes part in Cycle United fundraiser

April 11, 2011

Students and staff from Hagerstown Community College recently participated in Cycle United, an eight-hour indoor spinning event sponsored by the United Way of Washington County.

Cycle United was Feb. 26 at Valley Mall. Local gyms, including South Pointe Fitness Center, Studio 6, Gold’s Gym, Hagerstown YMCA, Home Team Fitness, Ruff Fitness and the Fitness Center at Hagerstown Community College donated instructors and spin bikes to the event, which was held as a fundraiser for United Way.

“The local United Way supports programs that assist people in our area who need basic support in order to become healthy and independent,” said HCC English, speech and drama professor Michael Harsh, who serves on the United Way board of directors. “From the newest babies to the elderly and all in between, the United Way makes a huge difference for the betterment of our communities.”

More than 300 novice and experienced indoor cyclists participated in Cycle United, including eight HCC faculty and staff members, and three HCC students.

The HCC spinning team included student financial aid counselor Britney Carter, adjunct faculty member Lisa Downie, and associate biology and chemistry professor Bernard Murphy, all of Hagerstown; physical education instructor and fitness center coordinator Thomas Burge of Martinsburg, W.Va.; part-time fitness center associate Tony Clement; adjunct faculty member Beth Domenico of Smithsburg; as well as administrative office associate Jackie Taylor and her husband, Brent, and associate chemistry professor Nancy Thorpe and her husband, Tim, all of Williamsport. Student team members included Ashlyn Rebok of Chambersburg, Pa., Matthew Vich of Hagerstown and Rebecca Lake of Smithsburg.

Each team member spent at least one hour cycling, and Downie led the 3 p.m. ride.

In addition, Harsh, of Williamsport, and HCC biotech adviser/recruiter Mylynh Nguyen of Hagerstown donated funds to the event, which raised more than $21,000 for the United Way of Washington County.

 “The Cycle United event was a huge success,” Burge said. “Not only did it raise money for the Hagerstown community but it promoted the importance of being active and exercising. It was a great opportunity for people to try something new and learn about our local fitness facilities. I can only hope that it becomes an annual event.”

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