There's a new spin on Kings Island fundraiser

MASON, Ohio -- There's a new spin on a popular fundraiser at Kings Island this year -- and it involves a lot of trips around the racetrack, so to speak.

As part of its annual Kicks Cancer campaign, Kings Island is hosting a Coasterthon for park enthusiasts, who can ride the Racer over and over (and over and over) from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Participants also get exclusive night rides on Banshee, the world's longest inverted steel coaster. (There is a catch, though: People had to register in advance and raise at least $75.)

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People can still donate to the Kicks Cancer campaign by purchasing a soccer ball at the park or online. Each ball costs $5 and goes into the Royal Fountain near the main entrance.

On Aug. 21, whoever owns the one ball pulled from the fountain wins a 2016 Honda Civic.

Net proceeds from the event will benefit three local charities: The Dragonfly Foundation, Melanoma Know More and Pink Ribbon Girls.

Don Helbig, park spokesman, said the Kings Island Kicks Cancer campaign has raised $1.1 million since 2010.

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