Frequently Asked Questions

Basic Information

What is Philly Spin-In?
Philly Spin-In is a fun, high-energy, team cycling party 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 three, four-hour cycling sessions. Participants of all skill levels are welcome.

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

  • Start a team – In person or @ Home
  • Join a team – In person or @ Home
  • Individual @ Home Participant

How can I participate?
There are two ways to participate in the 2022 Philly Spin-In.

  • Ride in-person: Start or join a team of up to six (6) riders per bike, and join us in person at the Roberts Center for Pediatric Research parking lot. Throughout each session, team riders will take turns on their designated bike during four, 45-minute classes, led by Philadelphia’s top indoor cycling instructors.

  • Participate virtually:
    Join us from home via our live stream of the event and bring the party to your place! Ride an indoor cycling bike, run on the treadmill or have a dance party in your living room. You can start a team, join a team or participate individually. No matter how you participate, you’ll experience the energy, patient speakers and Philly’s top instructors all from the comfort of your home — and help raise critical funds for children with heart disease.

No matter which way you ride, you’ll help raise critical funds for children with heart disease at CHOP!

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, and two bikes = $2,000.) Virtual participants are strongly encouraged to fundraise to support 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 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.

Are there a maximum number of bikes a team can reserve?
Yes, teams can reserve a maximum of eight bikes.

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 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.

If I can no longer make it to the in-person ride, what should I do?
Notify your team captain that you will no longer be able to attend. If you want to participate virtually but your team is going to participate in person, notify phillyspinin@chop.edu so we can switch you over to a virtual participant!

Are there sponsorship opportunities available for my company?
Yes. View our sponsorship opportunities or contact PhillySpinIn@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 2022 team using the same team name as 2021 (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, May 12. 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 via text, email or social media. 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!

What is the fundraising deadline for the Top Team Award?
The fundraising deadline for the Top Team Award is Friday, May 13, 5 p.m. The team with the largest fundraising total by this deadline will receive the Top Team Award and be featured on the Top Team plaque in the Cardiac Center.

Event Day

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?
Participants must be 13 or older; riders must be at least 5 feet to reach the bike pedals.

There are no restrictions 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?
Each team can have up to six (6) riders during the four 45-minute in-person sessions.

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 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. As a reminder, the event is outdoors, so make sure to 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, 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.

Can we bring our own 10×10 tent to the event?
For safety reasons related to possible high winds, we ask you not bring any tents. At the event, a large tent that will cover the bikes and stage. You are permitted to bring chairs.

What safety precautions will be taken?
The Philly Spin-In outdoor event will adhere to all city and state precautions. Hand sanitizer and sanitizing wipes will be available throughout the event. Each team is responsible for wiping down their own bike between riders.

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