Quick Hits: Virgin Sport Cancelled; Fundraisers To Support Fire Victims


Due to the fires that are ravaging the North Bay, Virgin Sport has decided to cancel this weekend’s festival of fitness. The event, which was scheduled to take place this Saturday and Sunday and featured a series of workouts including a half marathon, will no longer take place. “Air quality is a major concern,” Mary Wittenberg the CEO of Virgin Sport said in a statement. “Another priority for us is making sure that city and local officials, as well as first responders, have no distractions in doing what they need to do to help affected communities manage this situation.This was a big decision, given that this was our inaugural event and many stakeholders, including volunteers and of course the athletic community, worked hard to make it a reality. It’s also the right and necessary thing to do, for the sake of everyone’s health and safety. We truly appreciate the City’s flexibility in supporting our decision – and all those affected have our deepest sympathies.” According to the San Francisco Chronicle, the Bay Area is experiencing the worst recorded air quality ever. All ticket holders will be refunded and Virgin Sport is donating $25,000 to Northern California’s Red Cross, which will be matched by a $25,000 donation from Virgin Sport’s founding partner, Asics America.

Want to help support the victims of the wildfires? Here are some upcoming events and ways to help the communities of Santa Rosa, Napa, Mendocino, and Sonoma.


Eat and Drink

The Barrel Room, in downtown San Francisco, and its sister wine bar, the recently opened Parigo in the Marina, is donating 30% of certain popular menu items to help victims get back on their feet. The Napa Valley Community Foundation’s Disaster Relief Fund will benefit from your night out.

The Dorian is hosting a clothing drive and fundraiser tonight. From 7 to 10 p.m, the Chestnut Street watering hole and restaurant will be accepting clothing donations. 50% of all wine sales will benefit wine country fire relief aid.

Next Friday, October 20 the Rambler will be hosting a fundraising event. Details have yet to be released, but check their website and Facebook page for more information.



This Saturday morning at 9 a.m., Carlie Long, our favorite instructor at MNTStudio and a Napa native, is teaching a special North Bay Relief class. A suggested donation of $20 is recommended.

Get your sweat on and feel good about giving back tonight at a special FlyWheel Sport class. Monetary donations of any kind are encouraged for the class that takes place from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m.

SoulCycle Castro is hosting a ride that will benefit the North Bay’s animals and the SPCA. Margaux Lushing, the founder of Well + Away is organizing the event. Suggested donation is the cost of a class—$32—and the workout takes place on Saturday, October 21 at 1 p.m.

The Barry’s Bootcamp family has started a United We Sprint for fire evacuees campaign. Justin Roja is spearheading the effort on Go Fund Me; donations of any kind are accepted. They hope to raise $10,000 to donate to the Red Cross and Google will match the Barry’s team fundraising total.