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HCC students and staff participate in Cycle United

Students and staff from Hagerstown Community College recently participated in “Cycle United,” an eight-hour indoor spinning event sponsored by the United Way of Washington County.

Cycle United was held on Feb. 26 at the Valley Mall in Hagerstown. Local gyms including South Pointe Fitness Center, Studio 6, Gold’s Gym, YMCA Hagerstown, Home Team Fitness, Ruff Fitness, and the Fitness Center at Hagerstown Community College donated instructors and spin bikes to the event, which was held as a fundraiser for United Way.

“The local United Way supports programs that assist people in our area who need basic support in order to become healthy and independent,” says HCC English, speech, and drama professor Michael Harsh, who serves on the United Way Board of Directors. “From the newest babies to the elderly and all in between, the United Way makes a huge difference for the betterment of our communities.”

Over 300 novice and experienced indoor cyclists participated in Cycle United, including eight HCC faculty and staff members and three HCC students. The HCC spinning team included student financial aid counselor Britney Carter, adjunct faculty member Lisa Downie, and associate biology and chemistry professor Bernard Murphy, all of Hagerstown; physical education instructor and fitness center coordinator Thomas Burge, of Martinsburg, W.Va.;  adjunct faculty member Beth Domenico, of Smithsburg; as well as part-time fitness center associate Tony Clement, administrative office associate Jackie Taylor and her husband, Brent, and associate chemistry professor Nancy Thorpe and her husband, Tim, all of Williamsport. Student team members included Ashlyn Rebok, of Chambersburg, Pa.; Matthew Vich, of Hagerstown; and Rebecca Lake, of Smithsburg.

Each team member spent at least one hour cycling and adjunct faculty member Lisa Downie led the 3 p.m. ride. In addition, Harsh, of Williamsport; and HCC biotech advisor/recruiter Mylynh Nguyen, of Hagerstown, each donated funds to the event, which raised more than $21,000 for the United Way of Washington County overall.

“The Cycle United event was a huge success,” says Burge. “Not only did it raise money for the Hagerstown community but it promoted the importance of being active and exercising. It was a great opportunity for people to try something new and learn about our local fitness facilities. I can only hope that it becomes an annual event.”

To learn more about United Way of Washington County, go to www.unitedwaywashcounty.org.