Peterborough gym raises funds for cancer research

  • Nineteen bikers participated in Peterborough’s Performance Health and Fitness’s Pedal to End Cancer event this Sunday.  Courtesy photo

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Monday, March 05, 2018 5:35PM

Performance Health and Fitness in Peterborough brought in nearly $11,000 for the American Cancer Society with their annual “Pedal to End Cancer” campaign.

For the past several years, the gym has participated in the multi-state campaign, where stationary bikers are sponsored during a three-hour ride to raise funds for cancer research. The event is held on the first Sunday every March.

Performance Health and Fitness raised a total of $10,739 for the American Cancer Society between 19 participants, which makes them the third highest donation among New England states, according to Performance Health and Fitness Manager Ursula Johannesson.

“The one right above us had 80 participants,” said Johannesson. “For a gym as small as ours, that’s pretty impressive.”

The top participants include Wayside Athletic Club in Marlborough and Total Fitness. In total, the event raised $107,694.77 between 152 teams and 400 participants.

Each participant in the fundraiser is encouraged to set a personal fundraising goal of at least $300, but many go above and beyond that, including Paul Turner of Lyndeborough, who was not only the highest earner for Performance Health and Fitness’s event, but was the biggest individual earner across New England, raising $5,151, according to the Pedal to End Cancer website.

This is his second year participating in the event, said Turner in an interview on Monday. Last year, he was also among the top fundraisers, landing somewhere in the top five and raising $2,400. This year, however, he more than doubled that, though he said he didn’t do anything significantly different to elicit sponsors.

“I love being part of a team that strives for the top,” said Turner. “And it’s a worthwhile cause, and I think people get behind that.”

Turner, who joined Performance Health and Fitness specifically for its spinning classes, said that he has a personal connection to the cause – as he notes, do many. 

“I have a mother who is 86, and alive and well, having fought off breast cancer. I’m lucky, and it’s personal to me,” said Turner. “That’s not the only connection I have – my mother’s mother died from cancer, I know people that have been through it. I think pretty much everyone’s touched by it, and I think everyone can relate.”

Donations to the American Cancer Society can still be made through the Pedal to End Cancer website on behalf of the Performance Health and Fitness team or individual cyclers. For more information about donating, visit the Pedal to End Cancer event page, available at tinyurl.com/y6wxan88.


Ashley Saari can be reached at 924-7172 ext. 244 or asaari@ledgertranscript.com. She’s on Twitter @AshleySaariMLT.