Spin for Kids

The Spin for Kids mission is to provide supportive programs, services and equipment to children with special needs within our community and region. This year's event will take place on April 18, 2020 at East Grand Forks Senior High School. 

We are grateful for the 416 riders of 52 teams and over 150 volunteers throughout the community and region that made the 10th Annual Spin for Kids event a success, raising over $201,315 for children with special needs. We sincerely thank you for the your time, efforts, creativity and enthusiasm, all of which have allowed our event to become what it is today. Stay tuned for more information about the 2020 Spin for Kids event.

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Who Benefits?

Families with children who have special needs often face lifelong medical bills and expenses. Children grow and change very quickly, and the equipment they need must change with them. Insurance does not always cover these costs; this is where Spin for Kids comes in. All money raised by Spin for Kids will be dispersed to qualifying families to help them get the equipment and services they need.

If you are interested in applying for funds, please review the Spin for Kids Funds Application Form.

For questions about allocation, please call 701.780.1540.

2019 Honorary Captains

Each year two Honorary Captains are chosen to be ambassadors for Spin for Kids.


Stella Fjestad

Stella is a sweet, happy, 10 year old girl, who is in the 4th grade in East Grand Forks. Stella does not have an actual diagnosis. She is delayed with her milestones of development, but she is improving all the time, and has learned to walk with a walker. She loves spending time with her family, and her puppy Nora. Stella loves books, playing pat-a-cake, jumping on her trampoline, movies & snuggles with her mommy, and riding with her daddy on the Pioneer. Her favorite snack is potato chips and she loves bath time. Stella’s parents are Sherry & Dan Fjestad.


Jiry Rosencrans

Jiry is a 13 year old girl who was diagnosed with a rare brain tumor in 2015 that had been present since her birth. Since having surgery on the brain tumor, Jiry has needed physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech therapy services, as well as multiple other medical treatments. She dreamed of riding a bike again, and through Spin For Kids funding, Jiry was able to receive a specialized three-wheeled bike that she greatly enjoys. Jiry's passion is figure skating, and she also enjoys participating in 4-H, Girl Scouts, and working on word finds. Jiry has five siblings named John, Jake, Jarek, Jase, and Janeè, and her Mother is Bridget.

Luke Riley
Luke is an active young man who has not slowed down since his spinal cord injury in 2015. When not cruising his neighborhood with a friend or two catching a ride on his wheels, he enjoys Fortnite, NFL football and an occasional game of chess. Luke can find a loophole in any argument. He currently attends Wilder Elementary, as well as Integrative PE at Red River High School. Luke has one sister, Jillian 13. His parents are Wayne and Maureen Riley. Luke has participated in Spin For Kids, riding an arm bike, for 3 years and was in the top 5 dollar raisers for the past 2 years.

2020 Honorary Captains

If you would like apply to be a 2020 honorary captain, please fill out this form.

Race Information

How the Race Works

Spin for Kids is an indoor race on stationary spin bikes. Each team consists of eight cyclists that ride for 20 minutes each. There is a five-minute break between each rider to record mileage and change cyclists.

Teams will compete only with other teams within their division. This year Spin for Kids will have three divisions: Elite, Amateur, and Kids. To qualify for the Kids Division you must be able to reach the pedals and get the OK from your parent/guardian. Six out of eight riders on the team must be 14 years of age or younger.


Registration has not begun for the 2020 Spin for Kids race. Please check back at a later date for more information.

For other questions regarding registration, please call 701.780.2315.

Team Requirements

  • Each team consists of eight riders
  • Each team MUST appoint a Team Captain
  • Each team member is required to raise a minimum of $75 in pledges to support the race mission


  • Each rider receives a Spin for Kids t-shirt
  • Individual and team awards for the most pledges and highest miles in each division
  • Team Spirit Award goes to the team who exudes the most excitement and energy


We want as many people to be able to ride as possible. Please contact us if you need the use of a recumbent or arm bike. We will do our best to accommodate everyone’s needs!


If you are interested in participating in the event but do not want to ride, plenty of volunteer opportunities are available. We appreciate any help that you are able to provide. To learn more about volunteer opportunities, contact Liz Olson at 701.780.2568 or spinforkids@altru.org.

Who We Are

Altru's Outpatient Pediatric Therapy Services utilizes a team approach for the treatment of neurological, orthopedic, and genetic disorders, as well as problems associated with premature birth and developmental delays. The team includes occupational, physical, and speech therapists, social workers, the child's medical team, and our prosthetic and orthotic specialists. Our goal is to assist each child to live the fullest life possible by enhancing function and fostering independence through innovative, therapeutic programming.

For more information about Altru's Pediatric Therapy Services, call 701.780.2477.

Contact Us

  • Team Registration: 701.780.2315
  • Sponsorship Opportunities: 701.780.5600
  • Volunteer Opportunities: 701.780.2568
  • Altru's Pediatric Therapy Services: 701.780.2477

How to Donate

If you are interested in donating to Spin for Kids, please click here.

2019 Race Results

Total Dollars Raised | 200,675.34

Top Kids Individual Miles

  1. Ellen Bery | 14.3
  2. Alex Dorton | 14
  3. August Preuss | 13.7

Top Kids Team Miles

  1. Udder Chaos | 107.25
  2. Hope on the Move | 99.9
  3. Ballerz | 97.9

Top Amateur Individual Miles

  1. Nathan Mertens | 16
  2. Stephen Erlandson | 15.6
  3. Bennett Leitch | 15.4

Total Amateur Team Miles

  1. Big Biker Brand | 115.5
  2. Inpatient All-Stars | 110.4
  3. BioCycle Social | 108.2

Top Elite Individual Miles

  1. Chaise Fontaine | 16.7
  2. Stacy Schumacher | 16.5
  3. Chip Shea | 16.4

Top Elite Team Miles

  1. The Pedal Team #1 | 125
  2. Sacks in the City | 122.8
  3. The Pedal Team #2 | 117.6

Top Individual Pledge

  1. Rosie Beires | $5,328.47
  2. Jill Beires | $4,319.02
  3. Luke Riley | $3,034.15

Top Team Pledges

  1. Spinning it Out of the Park | $13,603.65
  2. Royal Racers | $6,772.02
  3. Udder Chaos | $5,006.40