Ovarian cancer is the most fatal gynecologic cancer among American women. It’s treatable if caught early, but because there’s no accurate method of detection, women are usually diagnosed late, when the disease has already spread. It’s in memory of these women that the spinning studio planned the event, says Gabby Etrog Cohen, a SoulCycle spokesperson. “They’re the reason why we ride—to raise vital research dollars to one day find an accurate screening test,” she says.
While participation in the 90-minute ride on April 10, 2011, requires a commitment to raise at least $600 (that annoying family email chain may finally come in handy!), it also comes with one free training class (including shoes) per week in the weeks leading up to it.
For inspiration, look no further than Well+Good’s profile of Jenn Sommermann, a superwoman triathlete who’s also an ovarian cancer survivor. If she can raise $100,000 in 50 triathlons, you can shake down a few great aunts and then spin like you mean it. —Lisa Elaine Held
Ready. Set. Ride!, April 10, 2011; 1:00–2:30 p.m., SoulCycle Tribeca, 103 Warren St., at West Side Hwy, www.soul-cycle.com For more info, visit www.ovariancycle.org or contact Megan Stalnaker at [email protected]