Local gym hopes to make an imPACt

Visit the Plateau Athletic Club on Oct. 11 and 12 to raise money for the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital (and maybe even work out, too).

Coach Fransisco Pons is doing something a little bit different for his 56th birthday — he’ll be hopping on a stationary bike for 24 hours straight to raise money for charity.

Of course, it’s hardly a birthday without a party, so all of Enumclaw is invited to come participate in one way or another.

The event, hosted by the Plateau Athletic Club on the corner of Griffin Avenue and Cole Street, is slated to start at 3 p.m. on Oct. 11 and end at 3 p.m. Oct. 12. The goal of the event is to raise $4,800 for the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Vanessa Pons-McSheridan, who owns PAC with her husband Nolen, said this idea came out of the blue.

“I really don’t know — my dad is just insane,” Pons-McSheridan said. “He wanted to do something big, he wanted to challenge himself, he wanted to get people’s attention, that it’s not just another spin class… he’s very passionate, and I think he’s just trying to show his passion for a full day.”

The party is organized for people to come in and bike with Pons for (nearly) however long they like, or participate in other activities like breaking open the piñata and joining the dance party.

“We’re just really trying to get people to meet my dad for a good purpose, raise some money for St. Jude… just do a big 24 hour party, pretty much,” Pons-McSheridan continued.

The kick-off is the first half hour of the event, followed quickly by the first boot camp, led by Pons-McSheridan and her husband, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Both instructors will take a side of the gym to run people through their various training and workout styles for half an hour, and then the groups will switch to experience the other trainer.

After the first bootcamp is an Open House from 4:30 to 6 p.m., where people can come in and socialize and learn more about the gym. Pons-McSheridan wants to use this time to promote other Enumclaw business through a prize wheel and giving out various discounts and free items other business have donated.

Then comes the first meal time from 6 to 9 p.m. — Pons-McSheridan said she doesn’t know what food will be served for dinner yet, or the following breakfast or lunch, but everyone is welcome to enjoy a bite, regardless of whether they can make a donation to St. Jude.

Then comes the piñata breaking from 9 to 9:30 p.m., followed quickly by a dance party until midnight.

After the dance party comes the night cycle until 7 a.m. — this will be the part of the night reserved for Pons and his cycling group.

The next boot camp starts at 7 a.m. sharp on Oct. 12, followed by a breakfast from 8 to 10 a.m., another bootcamp from 10 to 11 a.m., a second open house until noon, lunch until 2, and finally, a raffle and countdown from 2 to 3 p.m.

Tickets for the raffle are $1 each, and prizes include a stationary bike, a three-month training program, and more.

For more information about the event or PAC, head to https://www.jointhepacwa.com/, https://www.facebook.com/jointhepacwa/, or www.events.stjude.org/PACgivingback.


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