What is a spin-a-thon®? A spin-a-thon is a peer-to-peer fundraising event that is organized very similarly to a walk-a-thon. Instead of walking, participants are spinning® (or riding a stationary bike in place) to raise money for your organization or charity. Spin-a-thons have become popular fundraising events in recent years as spinning® has become a popular fitness activity. A fun advantage of a spin-a-thon is that people literally stay in one place. Instead of a walk-a-thon or bike-a-thon where people start at one destination and end at another, the spin-a-thon event is set up with stationary exercise bikes. This allows for creating more of a communal gathering place for announcements and entertainment throughout your event. With this type of event, you can make your fundraiser into a community party and include live music, food and beverages, and other fun games and contests while people cycle to raise money for your cause... bringing members of your organization in a social setting with local businesses, media and neighbors.
Utilize Spin-a-thon Software
A great way to extend the reach of your spin-a-thon is with a fundraising software solution for peer-to-peer events, like DoJiggy Pledge. Participants can easily register for your event and create personal fundraising pages where they explain their mission, upload photos and videos, and provide a safe and secure way for people to make online donations. Spin-a-thon event participants and volunteers can send out an email donation request that includes a link to their personal fundraising page, making it very easy for donors to contribute to your organization. Be sure to add a prominent link to your spin-a-thon fundraising website on your organization's website, and encourage participants to post links on social media sites to extend the reach of your fundraising campaign beyond your local community.
Secure a Spin-a-thon Location
Host your spin-a-thon in a fun environment. If the event takes place in the summer, host the event on the beach! Set up a stationary bike station overlooking the water and have participants sign up for specific hour time-slots to pedal. Have other activities for people to participate in such as beach volleyball or snorkeling. If the spin-a-thon is a family event, host it at a park where there is a playground for younger children to interact while parents and siblings ride. If you host the event in the winter, host it at a large community gymnasium or YMCA. Set up stations for biking, but also other areas for community interaction. Perhaps set up a section for a silent auction display where event attendees can bid on items numerous items including: gift certificates, weekend get-aways, celebrity memorabilia, and more. This is another great way to bring in even more funds for your cause.
Harness the Power of Competition & Prizes
To motivate people to participate in your event and work hard to secure donations, offer incentives and prizes. Create incentives for the participants and teams who raise the most donations or pledges and post leaderboards and fundraising thermometers on your spin-a-thon website. Also consider hosting contests on the day of the event to award participants who pedal the furthest and/or longest.
Offer a gift bag for all participants including event T-shirts as a keep-sake to remember the event, a water-bottle for riders to use while cycling, plus samples, coupons or other donated goodies from event sponsors and local businesses.
Add a fundraising raffle to your fundraising event offering participants and event attendees a chance to win cool prizes. Solicit raffle prizes from local businesses such as: restaurant and retail gift certificates, a free month membership or private training session at a local gym, free stationary bike, or free massage to work out those sore muscles after an hour of cycling.
Spin-a-thon Add-On Ideas
Once you've decided to host a spin-a-thon for your fundraiser, what other fun spin-a-thon ideas are possible to make your fundraising event unique? If you are promoting health and wellness as part of your message, perhaps you'll want to add other types of supporting activities. For instance, some organizations add a free yoga component (or stretching class) to their spin-a-thon. Event attendees can join a gentle yoga class after their ride, or participants can join in a yoga-stretch class before they hop on the bike. Invite nutritionists to talk about eating healthy, or fitness experts to provide tips to lower body fat. You could also consider offering complimentary chair massage for participants after they finish their hour of spinning® to help them unwind, or paid chair massages with the money earned benefiting your cause. This is also a great time to consider reaching out to sponsors who provide products or services that are in-line with the theme of your event. Sponsors can provide financial donations, assistance promoting the event, as well as prizes for contests. Learn more about how to get sponsors to support your fundraising event.
More Peer-to-Peer Resources
For more useful fundraising resources for your spin-a-thon, visit our walk-a-thon resources where we have sample pledge forms, event timelines and flyers, as well as guidelines to help you plan and promote your peer-to-peer event, sponsor solicitation tips, and much more.