'Spin for Survivors' brings community together with law enforcement

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Alex Crescenti | WCTV Eyewitness News
February 24, 2018

TALLAHASSEE, Fla (WCTV) -- This wasn't your average workout class. Inside the Thomasville Road Baptist Church, dozens of community members took part in a "Spin for Survivors."

"The majority of people who are doing the ride today are just community members coming out to support the Police Unity Tour and our local officers," says Rachelle Denmark, a public information officer for the Tallahassee Police Department.

The Police Unity Tour helps raise funds for the National Law Enforcement Memorial. For three days, TPD and other law enforcement agencies around the country will bike 250 miles to the nation's capitol.

Saturday was all about community support.

"I had a friend who's son was shot in the line of duty, he was a Dallas police officer but...I'm just here to support and enjoy the fellowship," said Charlene Wilson, who participated in the spin class.

Participants spun in intervals for almost four hours, with each person getting 15 to 20 miles per session.

"It's a really good chance to just kind of go through challenges in life and apply it to the bike because you're having to push through when you're tired," said Dawn Gamche, a Health and Wellness Associate.

Those pushing through all the miles felt it in their legs after the bike was over.

"It felt good. I feel pretty injected. I don't think I want to do another hour or another 45 minutes to tell you that much," said John Finch.

"Oh my gosh they feel energized actually, I love spinning," added Kim Damron.

As part of the Police Unity Tour, TPD will have a golf tournament at Golden Eagle on March 26.

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