Forty-six spinners participated in a Womenís Sports Foundation Spin-a-thon, riding their stationary bicycles for three consecutive hours — the equivalent of running a marathon, an event to raise money to help advance the lives of girls and women through sports and physical activity.

YAS Yoga and Spinning in Venice teamed up with the Womenís Sports Foundation Sunday, April 15th, to present the event.

Russ Nash, a local resident of the greater Los Angeles area, raised the most money, coming in at just over $3,500.

“The Womenís Sports Foundation is a cause that is close to my heart; without sports I would never have gone to college, let alone law school,” said YAS Yoga and Spinning founder Kimberly Fowler. “I feel very fortunate to be able to help out in any way I can.”

Olympic gold medalist and softball star Jessica Mendoza stopped by the event with her gold medal to cheer participants on and show her support for the foundation.

“I am so inspired by all the spinners here today and the amazing vibe of this event,” said Mendoza. “I am happy to support all of these wonderful athletes that are here to raise money for a great cause.

“They are perfect examples of what the Womenís Sports Foundation stands for.”

Other celebrity athletes, including health and fitness guru Kathy Smith and former WNBA (Womenís National Basketball Association) player Carolyn Moos, attended and took part in the event in support of the Womenís Sports Foundation.