Hundreds of spinning, Zumba, body pump, group exercise and tennis enthusiasts came together in Norwalk this past weekend to work out for a good cause. SpinOdyssey 2012, the indoor fun and fitness fundraiser for American Cancer Society breast cancer research and Norwalk Hospital's Whittingham Cancer Center, took place Sunday, March 4, at INTENSITY in Norwalk.

"Since we began this event in 2000, SpinOdyssey has raised more than 3 million dollars for breast cancer research," SpinOdyssey co-chairman Patty Kondub said before the event. "Thanks to the tremendous support of local businesses and, of course, our participants, we anticipate another highly successful event. We thank everyone whose contribution of time, talent, or funds."

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"As a survivor and a long-time SpinOdyssey participant, I feel privileged to be part of the positive energy generated by those who take part in this special event," SpinOdyssey co-chairman Terri Polley said. "It's more than a fundraiser -- it's a celebration of life and fitness that all can enjoy while contributing to a great cause."

Now in its 13th year, SpinOdyssey has raised more than $3 million for breast cancer research and breast cancer patient and family support services. In 2011 alone, the event raised more than $450,000 for the cause. The "SpinOdyssey" concept began with Delia Thompson and Amelie Babkie, two fitness professionals in southwestern Connecticut seeking a way to celebrate the dawn of the new millennium while helping a good cause. Inspired by their students' enthusiasm for indoor spinning, the popular group fitness indoor cycling workout and the battle against breast cancer being waged by Delia's sister, the two hosted the first "Millennium Ride" on January 1, 2000, attracting 50 riders and raising $5,244, all of which was donated to American Cancer Society breast cancer research.

For more information about SPINODYSSEY events, as well as fundraising goals and suggestions, visit www.spinodyssey.org.

SpinOdyssey is 100 percent volunteer-run by people who are breast cancer survivors, indoor cycling and fitness instructors and students, and their families and friends. For more information visit www.spinodyssey.org.