Zumbathon event has everyone dancing

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October is breast cancer awareness month, and on Saturday there will be a Party in Pink Zumbathon charity event to raise money for the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, said Melissa Begay, certified Zumba fitness instructor at New Mexico Tech.

The event will be at Finley Gym from 9 to 11 a.m. Tickets are $10 per person, and will be available at the door or in advance.

Josh Kerns, the recreational consultant for the city, came to Begay about hosting the Pretty in Pink Zumbathon event, she said. According to Begay, Zumbathon events such as Party in Pink take place all over the world. The Zumba home office promotes the event, but people have to go through an application process and must get approved. According to www.Zumba.com, "Zumba is an exhilarating, effective, easy to follow, Latin inspired, calorie burning, dance fitness party that's moving millions of people to joy and health."

"I see more females in my classes, and it would be awesome to get more guys involved," Begay said.

She said the event is important to raise money for the Susan G. Komen Foundation. Seventy-five percent of the event proceeds go esto breast cancer research, education, screenings and treatment programs, and 25 percent goes toward T-shirts, goodie bags, pink wrist bands and water bottles, Begay said.

Sponsors for the event are New Mexico Tech students and university relations, as well as the city of Socorro. The Zumba instructors that will be at the event are Gigi Wiggins for New Mexico Tech, Curves instructor Victoria Murillo, Albuquerque instructor Amy Vallez and Begay. A Zumbathon event was held at New Mexico Tech last April. Begay said this was a huge success with 60 to 70 people in attendance, and she hopes for the same amount or more people for this charity event.

"It's tons of fun, during the class you don't even know you're working out," Begay said. "You're sweating with a huge smile,"