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Date Released: Thu, 15 August 2013 08:59 +0200

Who said fitness and fun can’t go together? Rhodes University Health Suite's Indoor Cycling Centre is hosting its annual 12-hour cyclathon on 23 August from 8am to 8pm. The Discovery Centre for Health Journalism has sponsored two bicycles and made 24 cycling slots available for free to students in the School of Journalism and Media Studies.

Harry Dugmore, Director for the Discovery Centre, said, “Exercise should be fun and regular at all ages. That’s why we’re sponsoring a couple of bikes at the cyclathon. We want people to have fun, get their heart rates up, and get into the habit.”

Megan Schoeman, an MA student in the School of Journalism and co-organiser of the event, said the aim of the cyclathon is to “encourage healthy living in a fun way”. The money raised during the day’s cycling will go towards the Assumption Nutrition Centre, a local charity that feeds 102 orphans and children in Joza daily.

The 12-hour day is divided into one hour slots, and each slot is an indoor cycling class with 15 minutes to set up and 45 minutes to cycle. The slots will have different themes, and there will be spot prizes provided by sponsors throughout the day. Schoeman said the sessions are designed to be open to beginners but it will still be enjoyable for professionals. During the final hour a live DJ will provide music for the “Lumo hour cycle”. Each slot is R30, and all you have to do, said Schoeman, is book a slot, arrive, and bring your sweat towel and water bottle.

Dugmore said, “We’re learning more all the time about how powerful exercise is as preventative medicine. Fit people get less ill and live longer. Getting into the habit of exercise is important to do, and the early we get into these habits, the better.”

You can read more on the Cyclathon Facebook page or contact Megan Schoeman at g11s6961@campus.ru.ac.za