Frequently Asked Questions

Basic Information

What is Philly Spin-In?
Philly Spin-In is a fun, high-energy, one-day indoor team cycling event benefiting the Cardiac Center at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). The day will be filled with heart-pumping music, Philly’s top spin instructors, and inspiring patient stories. Teams and individuals can sign up for one of our two, four-hour cycling sessions and participants of all skill levels are welcome.

How do I get started?
Visit the Philly Spin-In registration page, select a participant type:

  • Start a team (morning or afternoon)
  • Join a team (morning or afternoon)
  • Virtual participant

You will then be asked to choose a team type:

  • Friends and family,
  • Corporate,
  • College/university, or
  • CHOP employee.

Is there a fundraising requirement?
Yes. All Philly Spin-In teams are required to raise a minimum of $1,000 per bike. (For example, one bike = $1,000, two bikes = $2,000.) Virtual participants do not have a fundraising requirement, but are still encouraged to fundraise to support tomorrow’s breakthroughs for cardiac patients at CHOP.

Is there a limit to how many people can be on a team?
No, but each team is permitted to have a maximum of six (6) riders, per bike. Teams may reserve as many bikes as they’d like if they raise the minimum of $1,000 per bike (for example, one bike = $1,000, two bikes = $2,000). Need additional bikes? Email PhillySpinIn@email.chop.edu.

Are there sponsorship opportunities available for my company?
Yes, view our sponsorship opportunities or contact calabreseap@email.chop.edu for additional sponsorship information.

Registration

What are my responsibilities as a team captain?
Team captains customize the team page, recruit team members and motivate their team to raise funds to support innovative cardiac care and research.

If I had a team last year, do I have to start over again?
Yes. Captains should visit the Philly Spin-In registration page. As a captain, you can register by logging in and using the same email and password as last year. Then, you can start your 2020 team using the same team name as 2019 (or a new one!), and register for the event.

When is the last day to register?
Bikes are reserved on a first-come, first-served basis and are limited to 180 bikes per session. Online registration ends at noon, Friday, March 6. However, participants can still register in-person on the day of the event if space is available. Sign up early to ensure you get a spot!

Fundraising

How can I raise funds for Philly Spin-In?
There are so many ways to raise funds to help fuel future discoveries to transform the lives of patients with heart disease through Philly Spin-In! You can start by personalizing your fundraising page and sharing it with your family and friends. Check out our Fundraising Tips for additional creative ideas.

What are ways that I can secure donations?
Your supporters can donate online through your fundraising page and in-person donations can be made using our Offline Donation Form. For more information, see our Ways to Give.

Will I receive a tax receipt for my contributions?
Donations made payable to Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and Children’s Hospital Foundation will receive a tax ID letter. Registration fees are not tax deductible.

Can I send a check to go toward my fundraising commitment?
Absolutely! Checks should be made payable to “Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia/Foundation – Philly Spin-In”. Please add the participant’s name or team you are supporting in the memo line, and mail it to:

Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Foundation
Attn: Philly Spin-In
P.O. Box 781352
Philadelphia, PA 19178-1352

Be sure to download, print and include the offline donation form when you mail in the payment. And don’t forget to add your offline donations to your fundraising page – it all adds up!

What happens if I don’t reach the minimum fundraising requirement?
No credit cards will be charged if your team does not meet the fundraising requirement, but we do encourage you to make a gift to your team to start your fundraising. Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) reserves the right to unreserve a team’s bike if the team is not trying to reach their fundraising commitment.

How do I know if my company has a matching gift program?
Many employers sponsor matching gift programs and will match any charitable contributions or volunteer hours made by their employees. Search our matching gifts directory to see if your company has a matching gift policy. You could double or even triple your contributions!

Event Day

I am new to cycling; can I participate?
Absolutely! No experience is required to participate in Philly Spin-In. If you’re a first-time rider or an expert, come join us and have fun!

Are there minimum age or height restrictions to participate?
Participants must be 13 or older; riders also must be 5 feet tall or taller to reach the bike pedals.

How long will I ride?
Each session consists of four 45-minute sessions; however, team members may switch riders as often as they’d like to! It’s completely up to each individual participant. Remember, there are only four 45-minute sessions so if your team has six to a bike you’ll want to switch more often.

What will I get at the event?
Besides an awesome day raising funds to support the CHOP Cardiac Center with your friends and family, you will receive a Philly Spin-In tank top or T-shirt (whichever you chose during registration), a rally towel, water, snacks and unlimited entertainment.

Do I need special indoor cycling shoes?
No, you don’t need indoor cycling shoes. Riders can wear sneakers or indoor cycling shoes. Each bike has pedals with cages or SPD compatibility.

What should I wear to Philly Spin-In?
We encourage all participants to wear comfortable active clothing and shoes. Don’t be afraid to show your spirit – bright colors, team shirts, tutus, feather boas, etc.

Do I have to stay the entire four hours if I am cycling with a team?
No, you can ride and leave or you can stay. We encourage riders to stay and cheer on their teammates!

Will there be food and drink at the event?
Yes, there will be drinks and snacks for all registered participants at the event. If you have specific dietary restrictions, you are encouraged to bring your own food and drink.

How can I volunteer at Philly Spin-In?
Please email PhillySpinIn@email.chop.edu for volunteer information!