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Orangetheory Fitness Maple Grove Raises More Than $2,000 for ALS

Apr 02, 2017 09:58PM ● Published by Doug Erlien

Orangetheory Fitness Owner John Finn and Head Trainer Jared Gagelhoff (photo provided by Orangetheory Fitness)

The Ice Bucket Challenge emerged in the summer of 2014 and quickly went viral on social media raising money for ALS research. In an effort to support and continue ALS fundraising efforts in 2017, Maple Grove Orangetheory Fitness Owner John Finn and Head Trainer Jared Gagelhoff took on a a Rowing Challenge in March. 

The Maple Grove business partnered with Augie’sQuest, a foundation dedicated to finding a cure for the disease.   

“We decided we wanted to go a little bit further,” Finn said. “We got people on the front end to donate a little money and during our rowing challenge."

The challenge consisted of rowing 30,000 meters or a little more than 18 miles. In addition, club members donated $50 or $100 and added challenges for the duo to complete.

“We had a side bet between the two of us for another donation. There was plenty of trash talk along the way and mocking of each other which added to the fun," he said. 

A little less than three hours later, the two completed the challenge and raised more than $2,400 dollars.

“It was a lot of fun, it wasn’t easy,” Finn said.

Nationwide, Orange Theory had a goal of one million dollars. The company ended up raising more than two million dollars 

Every month, Finn and his team donate to a different charity. From food shelves, to assisting animals in need, 
Orange Theory Fitness continue to give back.

“We live in Maple Grove, we’re so lucky,” Finn said. “Our members are awesome people and get behind it.”

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