During July’s upcoming Windy City Smokeout, Chicago BBQ, beer and music lovers alike will now add “cycling for an ALS cure” to the festival agenda. Dubbed the Windy City Sweatout, the 90-minute outdoor cycle class and fundraiser gives festival goers another way to enjoy the popular weekend festivities, with an added feel-good benefit that combines a unique workout and give-back experience.
Every minutes someone in the country is diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis or ALS, a neuro-degenerative disease that steals people’s muscles, and robs them of every benefit exercise provides. Most people with ALS survive 2-5 years after their first symptoms, with no known cure. However, ALS is not an incurable disease; it is an underfunded one.
It’s a message and cause Fitness Formula Clubs (FFC) and Life Fitness believe in. They’ve teamed together during the Windy City Smokeout to engage festival goers and Chicago cyclists behind this special ride for a cure and are working to raise funds and awareness to benefit Augie’s Quest to Cure ALS.
The Windy City Sweatout will take place Saturday, July 15 from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. on the Windy City Smokeout festival grounds at 560 W. Grand Ave., Chicago. Interested riders are encourage to reserve their bikes, as registration is now open, with space for the class taught by FFC’s top cycle instructors limited to only 70 spots. All Windy City Sweatout participants agree to a minimum $200 donation to Augie’s Quest to Cure ALS for the class, and in return will also gain access to the Windy City Smokeout on July along with other incentives and prizes. Learn more at www.als.net/sweat.
Every dollar raised via the Windy City Sweatout benefits Augie’s Quest, the ALS research initiative led by Augie and Lynne Nieto on behalf of the ALS Therapy Development Institute (ALS TDI) in Cambridge, Mass. Augie Nieto is the successful fitness industry mogul and founder behind Lifecycle (exercise recumbent bikes) and Life Fitness – based here in Chicago. He was also diagnosed in 2005 and has lived with ALS for 12 years.
“Efforts like the Windy City Sweatout help us move one step closer to a world where effective treatments – and even a cure – for ALS are within reach,” says Augie Nieto, Chief Inspiration Officer, Augie’s Quest and Chairman, ALS Therapy Development Institute. “Every participant in this unique 90-minute class is a champion, fundraising and sweating it out to improve the health of so many people affected by ALS. We’re thrilled FFC, Life Fitness and Windy City Smokeout agreed to join our incredible quest to end ALS.”
ALS TDI is the world’s first non-profit biotech with more than 30 scientists singularly focused on finding a cure for ALS. Cyclists will help make it possible for ALS TDI to develop a promising new drug that could forever change the course of ALS. It’s called AT-1501 and is currently in the early stages of clinical trials, but needs additional investments to bring it fully to market.