Community members can enhance their health while helping people living with multiple sclerosis by participating in the MS Spin-a-Thon Saturday, April 6, at Gold's Gym in Grand Junction and Clifton.During the MS Spin-a-Thon, one-hour rides will be led by certified spin instructors who will keep participants moving and inspired. The event is the brainchild of Tracy Gulden and Kelly Jean Craig, Ph.D., who live with MS, and their trainer Trae Tripoli.Graphic designer Gulden was 44-years-old when significant vision problems developed and she knew something serious was going on. Following her diagnosis she became involved with the Colorado-Wyoming Chapter, National MS Society."I am still able to work at my profession, but there are things I can't do anymore due to safety reasons, such as riding a bike outdoors. I got involved in spin classes, which allow me to still do what I enjoy, but in a safe environment.Gold's Gym locations can accommodate 24-28 spinners per hour depending on the location. Hour spin block times at Gold's Gym in Grand Junction will be available at 6:30 a.m., 8:30 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 10:40 a.m., noon and 1 p.m. on April 6.Participation fee is $25 and additional donations are welcome. Funds raised by the MS Spin-a-Thon will provide programs and services that benefit people living with MS on the Western Slope. To register, visit www.goldsgymMSspin.com. For information on MS, Walk MS Grand Junction (May 4) and other upcoming programs and events, visit www.cureMSco-wy.org.
Colorado Chiropractic & Muscle Care will be offering paid entries into the HITS Triathlon Series, taking place May 18-19 at Highline Lake State Park in Loma. The Grand Junction HITS triathlon will feature five different triathlon distances, and is part of a nationwide event series. Dr. Bryce Christianson of Colorado Chiropractic & Muscle is offering an opportunity for would-be triathletes to compete at the HITS triathlon when it might not otherwise be an option. Those who are interested in being sponsored and receiving a paid entry into the HITS Triathlon should send a short essay (500 words or less) to Colorado Chiropractic & Muscle Care via email to firstname.lastname@example.org, by fax at 970-797-4842, or simply dropping it by the clinic, located at 2232 N. Seventh St., suite 15, in GJ. First-time competitors, experienced triathletes with financial need, and others who are drawn to compete are encouraged to apply, share their stories of what brings them to the triathlon, and why they would like to obtain a sponsorship for the event. The deadline for essay submission is 5 p.m. Friday, April 5.Dr. Christianson is a myofascial expert and is the only certified Active Release Techniques provider in the Grand Valley. He was also one of a small number of health care providers to work the 2011 Ironman World Championships in Kona, Hawaii.