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Registration open for Cycle Mania event that supports the Greater Lakes Region Children’s Auction 

LACONIA—The Greater Lakes Region Children’s Auction is excited to announce that the Cycle Mania fundraiser that benefits the auction will return this year with an event on Dec. 7 from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. at Gilford Hills Tennis & Fitness Club.

Participants may sign up to cycle for one hour or multiple one-hour slots during the event; the cost is $20 per hour, and all funds benefit the Children’s Auction, which will be held Tuesday, Dec. 7 through Friday, Dec. 10 at the Tanger Outlets. Registration is required in advance at

Anyone interested in taking part should sign up soon, as there are limited slots; when you register, you can choose a 2021 Challenge team, and your fee will count toward that team. 

Cycle Mania debuted in 2007 at the Laconia Athletic and Swim Club by its owners at the time, Tom and Lori Oakley. Mike “Mad Dog” Gallagher of Gilford and John “Blue Dog” Jurczynski of Holderness broke the current Guinness World Record of 111 hours, 11 minutes, and 11 consecutive seconds spent on a stationary cycle that year. 

“For our 40th year celebration, we thought it incredibly fitting that we bring back Cycle Mania,” said auction Executive Director Jennifer Kelley. “We were thrilled to be hosted by Gilford Hills Tennis & Fitness Club, where we will have 18 bikes with people pedaling for 12 hours. There will be lots of music and energy. Cycle Mania is rolling back into town to raise money for children and families in need.”

While many auction items have been received at this time, there is a need for thousands of items to raise enough money to meet the needs of the community.  

Auction leaders will collect new, unused, unwrapped items right up to the week of the auction. Gift cards, electronics, tools, toys, sporting goods, and household items all bring the highest bids. Go to our website at for a list of convenient donation drop-off sites throughout the Lakes Region. And on Black Friday weekend, Friday, November 26 to Sunday, November 28, visit the collection site at Tanger Outlets and drop your items off between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Learn more about the auction at, where you can discover sponsorship opportunities, donate, or volunteer, or email

About the Greater Lakes Region Children’s Auction:

The Greater Lakes Region Children’s Auction is a charitable event held every December in central New Hampshire. Countless volunteers and donors have turned the auction and its many fundraising events, including the 2021 Challenge, into a major annual campaign. In the 40 years that the community has come together for the auction, an impressive $7 million has been awarded to local nonprofit organizations, all through volunteer efforts, community donations, and corporate sponsorship. The Greater Lakes Region Charitable Fund for Children is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that helps community organizations in the Central New Hampshire region. For more information about the auction, the nonprofits it supports, and how you can help, visit

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