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12-hour spin class raises money for Ride For Missing Children

By WKTV News

ILION, N.Y.(WKTV) - The Ride For Missing Children here in Central New York is just about a month and a half away, but on Sunday, some who will be participating got a jump start on their training, and a jump start on some fundraising.

Kathy White, who has taken part in The Ride For Missing Children since its inception decided to help the cause by raising money to put the ride on.

White organized the first annual '12-Hour Spin for The Ride For Missing Children' at Studio-55 in Yorkville.

Spinners signed up for classes from 8 A.M. To 8 P.M.

Spin instructors donated their time, Studio-55 donated its facility and spinners donated ten dollars an hour.

White says the cause of finding missing children has been a passion of hers for years, "it all started for me in 1993 with the disappearance of Sara Ann Wood, and ever since that happened, I just got very involved in it, and it's just worth it."

One of those taking part in the 12-Hour Spin on Sunday was Gary Plunkett of Rome, who took a total of three classes. One at noon, and came back for two more at 6:00 and 7:00.

Plunkett says five years ago he watched the hundreds of bikers go by him, and he was instantly hooked on riding the ride himself, "the first time I saw this, I grabbed my wife and I said I'm doing this next year, that's all it took."

He's been riding 'The Ride' ever since, "it will change your life, it really will change your life."

The Ride for Missing Children is set for Friday, May 20th, but is all booked up.

500 riders have signed up, another 75 are on the waiting list.

It is the largest ride of its kind in the country.

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