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Pelotonia bike ride cancer research Columbus ohio

Who We Are: Founded in 2008, Pelotonia exists to engage, inspire, and challenge a community committed to change the world by accelerating innovative cancer research. Since inception, Pelotonia has raised over $232 million for cancer research. We are a community of people whose lives have been impacted by cancer and are inspired to do something about it. Whether that means cycling 20 miles, hosting a fundraiser, making a donation, or volunteering their time, every single person who is a part of this movement is making an impact in the advancement of cancer research.

What We Do: As a centerpiece of our year-round fundraising efforts, Pelotonia hosts a three-day experience that includes a weekend of cycling, entertainment, volunteerism, and community. The event begins with an Opening Ceremony on Friday evening, followed by Riders gathering at the start lines on Saturday and Sunday to begin their journey cycling between 20-200 miles. The weekend comes to a close when Riders end at the finish line on Sunday afternoon. As we near the end of the year, the Pelotonia community is invited to celebrate the impact made possible by everyone’s fundraising and hard work.

Why We're Important: Since our founding, Pelotonia has raised more than $232 million for innovative and life-saving cancer research at The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center–Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute (the OSUCCC–James). Pelotonia dollars support key areas within Ohio State’s cancer program, including prevention, diagnosis, treatment, psychosocial issues, accelerated drug development, and large initiatives that help change the landscape of cancer care—and offer help and hope to patients and families from around the world. In July 2019, The Ohio State University announced The Pelotonia Institute for Immuno-Oncology, made possible with a pledge of $102,265,000 from Pelotonia. Without funding from Pelotonia, many breakthroughs in the advancement of cancer detection, prevention and treatment may not have otherwise been made possible.

How We Impact the Community: Year after year, through the dedication of our participants and donors, Pelotonia’s community continues to grow in Columbus, OH and nationwide. Thanks to the incredibly generous support from our local Funding Partners, 100 percent of community-raised funds go directly to fund cancer research at the OSUCCC–James. As a direct result of these fundraising efforts, Pelotonia researchers have developed life-saving drugs, discovered cancer-causing gene mutations and saved thousands of lives.

How You Can Help: When it comes to getting involved with Pelotonia, there truly is something for everyone. Anyone who would like to participate in the annual Ride Weekend can do so by registering and fundraising as a Rider or Volunteer. For those who want to solely fundraise or want to create their own Pelotonia activity challenge, participants can sign up as a Challenger. Pelotonia wouldn’t be possible without the support and dedication of Volunteers who cheer on and keep Riders fueled, while managing logistics along the route. Participants go the extra mile by sharing their experiences and inviting their friends, family, co-workers and neighbors to join them as supporters and donors in this movement to end cancer.

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450 W. Broad Street

Columbus, Ohio 43215


Chief Executive Officer: Doug Ulman

President: Joe Apgar

Board Chair: Dan Rosenthal


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