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NEW BREMEN — A group of area women got a workout in Saturday morning at New Bremen High School while raising money for cancer research.
The Cardinal Heads Relay for Life team hosted a Zumbathon, in which participants danced for an hour under the direction of Licensed Instructor Angela Riethman. Zumba is an “exhilarating, effective, easy-to-follow, Latin-inspired, calorie-burning dance fitness-party,” according to Zumba.com. Attendees donated at least $5 to participate in the Zumbathon, and 100 percent of the proceeds went toward the Cardinal Heads Relay for Life team.
Cardinal Heads Relay for Life Team President Sue Kramer said the idea to hold a Zumbathon came from a connection.
“One of our team member’s daughters – Angie Riethman – is a Zumba instructor,” Kramer said. “We asked if she would do it, and she was happy to help.”
She noted Zumba is growing in popularity.
“Zumba is a popular thing and we thought it would be a good fundraiser,” she said.
The team held its first Zumbathon in October, but Kramer said it was not well attended.
“We held it in the afternoon and it was a really nice day outside,” she said of why the event did not attract as many participants. “Today (Saturday), is looking a lot better. We’ve already got more people than last time.”
To begin the Zumbathon, Riethman told participants to keep moving.
“Get the beat first and just keep moving,” she said. “And have fun.”
Having fun, she said, was the goal of the workout.
“As long as you’re having fun, mission accomplished,” Riethman said.
Riethman led participants in a variety of dance moves to songs like Bon Jovi’s “You Give Love a Bad Name” and the Black-Eyed Peas’ “Let’s Get it Started,” encouraging them throughout the workout.
In addition to the Zumbathon, a variety of door prizes were given away, including gift certificates to Golden Image, Howell’s IGA/Speedway Lanes, Alco, McDonald’s, Dairy Queen and New Bremen Coffee Co.
Kramer said she hoped participants enjoyed the event.
“I just hope that they have fun and we raise a little money and we get a little exercise,” Kramer said.
She added that she appreciated those that came out for the event.
“I’m thankful that everybody came and whatever money we raise — it’s for a good cause,” she said.
The Relay for Life of Southwestern Auglaize County will be held from 6 p.m. to noon June 15 to 16 at Skip Baughman Stadium in St. Marys. For more information or to get involved in the Relay for Life of Southwestern Auglaize County, visit RelayForLife.org/SWAuglaize.