BUFFALO, NY (WIVB) – Buffalonians will have the chance to participate in a unique cycling activity on ice while raising money for a good cause.
It’s called Icecycle and it’s happening March 11th and 12th at Riverworks. This is the second year of the event, which raises money for Roswell Park.
“We’re in Buffalo, it’s cold, we love to do anything and everything that has to do with the snow, that’s what we do here in Buffalo, so why not do something different and challenging and represent ourselves in the best way , we can by cycling on the ice, ”said co-chair Missy Fogarty.
Fogarty led a warm-up class Wednesday at Riverworks to show the community what the event is all about.
Local studios and fitness centers will lead the classes during the event.
Last year, the event raised $ 180,000 for Roswell Park, and this year it is expected to raise more.
Sydney Riedel runs the tour for her husband and uncle, who are currently battling cancer, and her grandfather, who is surviving cancer.
“When it first hit home, it was so close when I saw that it spoke much more to me to try to do something to try to help raise money for this thing I personally go through,” Riedel said .
Icecycle is a way to create a fun and unique fitness activity while raising money for a good cause.
“I do it more for the fundraising money to go to research to help cure the cancers that are incurable,” Riedel said.
Steve Procknal is an Icecycle instructor and knows for himself how much that research can help.
His father has battled five different cancers over the course of 13 years using new treatments from Roswell Park.
“Not only do you make yourself feel comfortable doing something amazing, but in the end you’re going to leave, knowing that your donation will help a family like mine. My father’s living proof that these dollars goes to something, and every time I walk into my house and see my father go, it’s the miracle of the funds we’ve raised from various events like this, ”Procknal said.
They bring in more studies and bikes this time and hopefully more participants.
“We really hope to be able to blow this out of the water and make this event huge this year and next year,” Fogarty said.
People can sign up online until the day of the event.