Frequently Asked Questions

Please note, information included here is subject to change pending the City of Philadelphia and public health updates.

Basic Information

What is Philly Spin-In?
Philly Spin-In is a fun, high-energy, team cycling event. This year, Philly Spin-In will be held outdoors with a virtual option for those who want to participate from home. Philly Spin-In benefits the Cardiac Center at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP).

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

  • Start a team – Outdoors or @ Home
  • Join a team – Outdoors or @ Home
  • Individual Virtual Participant

How can I participate?
There are two ways to participate in the 2021 Philly Spin-In. Join our physically-distanced outdoor event and ride with your team! Over the two-day, in-person event, there will be four sessions, each with four 45-minute classes led by Philadelphia’s top indoor cycling instructors.

You can also participate @ home. If you have a stationary bike, you can register as a virtual rider and ride from the comfort of your home. If you don’t have a stationary bike, you can still participate in a number of ways just by getting active – go on an outdoor bike ride, run on the treadmill or dance at home with your family. Get creative and help raise funds to support the Cardiac Center at CHOP.

Is there a fundraising requirement?
Yes. All Philly Spin-In outdoor teams are required to raise a minimum of $1,000 per bike. (For example, one bike = $1,000, and two bikes = $2,000.) Virtual participants are strongly 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 four (4) riders per bike. Teams may reserve as many bikes as they’d like as long as they raise the minimum of $1,000 per bike (for example, one bike = $1,000, and two bikes = $2,000). Need additional bikes? Email PhillySpinIn@chop.edu.

I’m a team captain and participating in-person. Can I have virtual team members?
Absolutely! We encourage your friends and family who can’t join you physically to support your team virtually.

If the team I want to join is virtual, can I participate in person?
Only team captains who start their team and select bikes for the outdoor session can participate in-person. If you would like to participate in person but your team captain is virtual, we recommend you starting your own team and recruiting team members to participate.

Are there sponsorship opportunities available for my company?
Yes. View our sponsorship opportunities or contact calabreseap@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. Team 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 2021 team using the same team name as 2020 (or choose a new one), and register for the event. If you do not remember your password, email phillyspinin@chop.edu to reset it.

When is the last day to register?
Bikes are reserved on a first-come, first-served basis and are per session. Online registration ends Thursday, June 3. 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 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.

How can I 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 page.

Will I receive a tax document for my contributions?
Donations made payable to Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia 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 your 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 jumpstart your fundraising by making a gift to your team. CHOP reserves the right to unreserve a team’s bike if the team is not making an effort 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 directory to see if your company has a matching gift policy. You could double or even triple your contributions!

Event Day Outdoors

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

Are there minimum age or height restrictions to participate?
For the outdoor ride, participants must be 13 or older; riders must be at least 5 feet to reach the bike pedals.

There is no age limit for virtual participation!

How long will I ride?
Each session consists of four 45-minute classes; however, team members may switch riders as often as they’d like! It’s completely up to each participant. Remember, there are only four 45-minute classes in each session.

How many riders can participate in each session?

As of now, there will be a maximum of 400 riders per session in adherence to state protocols. The total number of riders is subject to change.

How can I get to the event?

  • Drive/Carpool:
    • If you’re coming from I-76, use the address 2716 South Street, Philadelphia, PA 19146, and make a right into the parking garage.
    • If you’re coming from Center City, use the address 734 Schuylkill Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19146, and make a right into the back parking lot.
  • Ride Share (Uber/Lyft):
    • Use the address 734 Schuylkill Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19146

Where can I park?
All participants may park in the Roberts Center parking garage on South St. Parking is complimentary. Please see map below.

What will I get at the event?
Besides unlimited entertainment and an inspiring day raising funds to support the CHOP Cardiac Center, each participant will receive their own swag bag, including a Philly Spin-In tank top or T-shirt (whichever you chose during registration), a rally towel, sanitizing wipes, water and snacks.

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 a mask, comfortable active clothing and shoes. As a reminder, the event is outdoors, so dress accordingly. 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, participants will receive a swag bag with water and snacks. There will also be additional drinks and snacks if needed for all registered participants. If you have specific dietary restrictions, we encourage you to bring your own food and drink.

Can my family and friends come to Philly Spin-In outdoors to cheer me on?
Unlike previous years, Philly Spin-In will be limiting outdoor guests to participants, volunteers, instructors and staff. We encourage family and friends to follow along on social media or register and ride virtually from home!

When can I participate in the @ Home ride?
The @ Home ride will LIVE stream during the Sunday morning session from 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. At 1 p.m., a recording of the event will be available, so you can ride whenever it’s most convenient.

Safety

What safety precautions will be taken?
The Philly Spin-In outdoor event will adhere to all city and state precautions.

As of now, participation will be limited to 300 riders per session and bikes will be 10 feet apart. Participants are required to wear masks except when riding the bike.

Upon checking in, participants will receive bags containing a mask and hand sanitizer and sanitization wipes to wipe down their bike before and after they ride. CHOP staff and volunteers will also be wiping down bikes following each 45-minute class.

Each participant will be required to take a health survey and sign a waiver indicating they are cleared to enter the event.

Do I have to wear a mask while I ride?
Per state requirements, masks are required at the 2021 Philly Spin-In outdoor event. Once riders are on a bike, they may remove their mask to ride. Before getting off the bike, they must put their mask back on.

Participants are encouraged to wear their own mask and will also receive a Philly Spin-In mask at registration.