‘Eight Hours of Fitness’ fundraiser to fight cancer

- April 16th, 2010
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Gordon Vetro plans to complete two Rides to Conquer Cancer – in B.C. and Alberta. Plus, he's going to bike from Vancouver to Calgary in the five days between the two events.

A new fitness studio in downtown Edmonton is lending its support to help battle the dreaded C-word.

New Body Health and Wellness is hosting the Eight Hours of Fitness fundraiser in support of Gordon Vetro’s Ride to Conquer Cancer.

The fundraising event, which is also in support of The Stollery Children’s Hospital Foundation, is slated for Saturday, May 1 at New Body, 12080 Jasper Ave.

New Body owner Jason Neumann says the day of fitness will include an outdoor spin-a-thon, group classes and massage therapy.

Classes will be on a donation basis.

“To celebrate everyone’s generosity, we have arranged for a post-spin-a-thon party from 4-6 p.m.,” Neumann says in a press release.

“Live music will fill the air of the studio while we host a silent auction featuring Olympic sports memorabilia. To top it off, our best chefs will be donating their talents for a chili cook-off.”

The schedule is as follows:

9-11 a.m.: Spin-a-thon Leg 1
11 a.m.: Salsa beat
Noon: Full body fitness
1-3 p.m.: Spin-a-thon Leg 2
4-6 p.m.: Silent auction, chili cook-off, live music

Vetro, a Calgary native who has lived in the Edmonton area for the past 19 years, plans to complete both the B.C. and Alberta Rides to Conquer Cancer.

And if that weren’t enough, he’s going to ride from Vancouver to Calgary in the five days between the two events.

It’s a journey that covers roughly 1,400 km, says his wife, Leann Hawley-Vetro.

That’s one long ride. At least it’ll be picturesque.

“The ride will be taking in the beauty of the Pacific Northwest around Vancouver, the majestic Rocky Mountain foothills around Calgary and points in between,” she tells me in an e-mail.

“The goal of Gordon’s Ride to Conquer Cancer is to raise awareness and funds to support the important research and treatment provided through the Alberta Cancer Foundation and B.C. Cancer Foundation. All proceeds from this  endeavour will go directly to the Alberta Cancer Foundation and the B.C. Cancer Foundation.”

To follow Vetro’s epic ride or to make a donation, visit his website.

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  1. It’s nice article. I liked the pic of cycling that you have used to express the importance of fitness.

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