Local health foods store, Crossfit Thunder join forces to raise money for Lose the Training Wheels summer camp



HUNTINGTON, W.Va. –  Two local businesses committed to improving healthy lifestyles have joined together to raise money for Marshall University’s 5th annual Lose the Training Wheels summer camp, which teaches children with special needs how to ride bicycles.

Butter It Up, a local health foods store and coffee shop, has four locations in Huntington, Barboursville, Hurricane and Charleston. Jeremy Mullins, the store’s owner, said he has agreed to donate 10 percent of all store sales on Saturday, July 11, to go toward this amazing program.

“I have a passion for riding bikes and making our Tri-state community healthier,” Mullins said. “We saw a need in our region to make this summer camp a possibility and we are happy to do what we can to help these children learn to ride and create healthy habits.”

Mullins is also co-owner – with his partner, Andrew Leonhart – of Crossfit Thunder, a local gym that was established in 2009. Leonhart said Crossfit Thunder will hold a special workout at 11 a.m., Saturday, July 11, with an opportunity for members and non-members to donate toward the cause.

“We have programmed a workout which represents the amazing effort put forth by the children who participate in Lose the Training Wheels,” Leonhart said. “This is not exclusive to members as we want to give all of our Huntington community a chance to experience what Crossfit Thunder has to offer while making a difference in the lives of many.”

Leonhart said they have asked participants to donate a minimum of $5-10 to work out with all proceeds benefiting the Lose the Training Wheels camp.

Those interested in attending Crossfit Thunder’s 11 a.m. fundraising workout can visit their Huntington location at 5th Ave #2516A, which is between Marshall’s soccer stadium and the Cook Out restaurant. For more information on Butter It Up and its locations, visit them on Facebook or contact Mullins at 304-208-3742. To learn more about Marshall’s Lose the Training Wheels program, visit www.marshall.edu/lttw online.