Star Trac, the fastest-growing company in commercial fitness, is partnering with New York Sports Clubs and Snapple to fight the teen obesity epidemic with a 24-hour Spin-a-Thon, called Saints & Spinners, at Grand Central Terminal in New York City. The event is designed to raise funds to help place HealthCorps health and fitness curriculum in five new schools within each of the city's boroughs. The event will run Friday, January 18 at 7:00 AM through Saturday, January 19 at 7:00 AM.

Every hour during the Saints & Spinners event, a new group of riders will mount 100 Star Trac Spinner NXT bikes for a 50-minute Spinning experience to music led by a New York Sports Clubs instructor and a celebrity Spinner representing various New York City industries, such as theatre, finance, film, education, restaurants and government, among others. Additionally, Spinning Master Instructor Josh Taylor will appear at the event to lead two rides. Star Tracs contribution totals approximately $15,000 in the form of free shipping for all 100 bikes being utilized for the event. Sponsors or individual riders pledge $100 an hour to participate in the 2,400-person event.


During the 24-hour event, while other riders Spin at their own pace, a team of six elite riders from the New York Sports Clubs/Cadence Cycling Team will ride in an effort to break the Guinness World Record for most miles traveled on a single stationary bike in 24 hours. The current record is 597 miles ridden at an average of 25 miles per hour.


Dr. Oz, heart surgeon, health expert, best-selling author and regular guest on the Oprah Winfrey Show, founded HealthCorps, a health education and mentor program, in response to the country's child obesity and diabetes crises. HealthCorps established a 35-school network spanning four states, including 28 New York City high schools, with plans to expand across the country, representing 80-90 schools in 2008.


According to Oz, "Five years ago, I found myself operating on younger and younger patients and realized that we have to access the school system to teach kids about the workings of their bodies. Like the Peace Corps, HealthCorps uses college graduates to show students in the US how to weather the storms of life by enhancing their physical and mental strength. By supporting Saints & Spinners, you're helping to build a healthier America."


At Star Trac, we feel its important to participate in events such as Saints and Spinners that share our Expect Different vision of positively affecting the lives of people around the globe through health and fitness, said Star Trac President and COO Steve Nero. Dr. Ozs inspiring HealthCorps program is a wonderful complement to the goals of Expect Different.

Celebrities scheduled to participate include celebrity chef and author Rocco DiSpirito, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Grandmaster Melle Mel, former New York Giants quarterback Jesse Palmer, attorney Ron Kuby, Morgan Stanley CEO John Mack, Kwame Jackson of NBCs "The Apprentice," the Naked Cowboy, CBS correspondent Bianca Solorzano, Fox business reporter Jenna Lee, Good Day New York feature reporter Anne Craig and members of the New York City Fire Department.


"Riding in Saints and Spinners will be a great way to kick off the New Year, and New York Sports Clubs is very excited to bring everyone together in this way," said Merrill Richmond, Vice President of Marketing for New York Sports Clubs. "This event brings together fun and fitness for a very important cause".


Star Trac offers a complete line of user-focused cardiovascular and strength equipment and is also partnered with Mad Dogg Athletics, the creators of Spinning, as the manufacturer for all three Spinner bikes, including the groundbreaking Spinner NXT. More than four million people in over 75 countries use Star Trac exercise equipment daily. For more information about Star Trac, call 800.228.6635 or visit Additional information on Star Tracs Expect Different can be found at Registration for the event can be found at


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