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Physical philanthropy is the new wave in fundraising these days giving charities a new opportunity to put their message out there, while encouraging overall wellness.

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There are two amazing spin-for-charity events taking place this Spring, and you are just in time to reserve your bikes. Both have awesome So Cal views, kick a** energy and a whole lot of spirit and determination.

Tour de Pier
Sunday, May 18, 2014
9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
117 Manhattan Beach Blvd where The Strand House Restaurant is located.
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
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Tour de Pier, in its second year, sets up more than 300 bikes overlooking the Pacific Ocean in Manhattan Beach, where an estimated 1,000 cyclists spin on stationery bikes over a 4 hour period. Organized to raise money for the cancer community including The Hirshberg Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research, The LiveSTRONG Foundation, and Cancer Support Community, Tour de Pier pulls people together from all walks of life.

Celebrity athletes will ride together with participants all spinning with heart and soul for cancer awareness. You’ll see Olympians -- beach volleyball gold winner Kerri Walsh Jennings, gold medalist in beach volleyball Eric Fonoimoana, and cyclist Tony Cruz, pro surfer Alex Gray and Craig Hummer, 7-time US ocean ironman champ.

Led by local spin instructors who will take you through an easy-to-follow workout…you don’t have to be a master spinner at this event. Last year the event raised over $339,000, with hopes to exceed that amount this year.
Families are encouraged to hang out during the ride; there is a fun kids zone with activities perfect for 10 year olds and younger.

June 1, 2014
Ride begins at 11 a.m.
Santa Monica Pier in Santa Monica, California
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Pedal on the Pier fundraises for an important cause…sending 20 different inner-city schools to summer camp through the Harold Robinson Foundation. Set up right on the iconic Santa Monica Pier with views to kill, you’ll spin solo or on a team on one of 100 bikes over 5 hours.

The day is a fun one with music and DJs, musical and special celebrity guests (Scandal’s Josh Molina, Megalyn Echikunwoke of CSI Miami and basketball player Cuttino Mobley all came out last year to support Pedal on the Pier), dancing and energy. Food and drinks, too.

Favorite spin instructors include local business owner John Scarangello of Kinetic Cycling in Brentwood who got on board to do this event four years ago and has been “all in” to help make it such a huge success.

“Pedal on the Pier is the feel-good fitness party of the year and we not only have fun, we help thousands of kids through the Harold Robinson Foundation. Year one, we wondered if anyone would show up and we raised $250,000, then $500,000 the 2nd year and last year we raised almost $650,000,” says Michelle Brookman, event chair for Pedal on the Pier.

The Harold Robinson Foundation provides impoverished children the means, free of cost, to attend a safe and nurturing camp environment to experience nature, participate in diverse recreational activities, and build confidence and independence, and develop leadership skills.