As we noted in a recent news story, Clubs for the Quest is asking fitness facilities to host a Zumbathon event at their facilities by March 15, 2012, to raise money for research of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), or Lou Gehrig's disease.
At least one of these events is already set—and this one was created to not only raise money for ALS research but also to break a Guinness World Record. The Clubs for the Quest organization is hosting a Zumbathon on Jan. 21, 2012, at Asbury Park Convention Hall in Asbury Park, NJ. Kass Martin, a well-known Zumba instructor from Oregon who has appeared in several Zumba DVDs, will lead the 90-minute Zumbathon. The group has a goal of attracting 1,600 people from the tri-state area to raise $100,000 and break the Guinness record for the largest Zumbathon.
The group has applied to Guinness and will follow all the protocols to successfully register for this award, according to Kevin McHugh, COO of The Atlantic Club, whose founder, Pat Laus, started the Clubs for the Quest organization. McHugh has been instrumental in getting the word out about the Zumbathon events, and he stressed to me that this event will only be successful if clubs, group exercise directors and Zumba instructors rally the troops to participate in this event.
Martin will be in Asbury Park for two days of fundraising, which will include a lunch and photos with her for a $25 donation. Individuals who just want to watch the 90-minute Zumbathon can purchase box seats for $25.
Some of the money raised at the event also will go to two local charities, PALS (People with ALS) and The Joan Dancy Foundation, to help them support individuals who have been afflicted with the disease.
People can register and pay the $75 donation for the Zumbathon by visiting www.clubsforthequest.com and clicking on the Asbury Park Zumbathon box in the upper left corner of the home page.