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10th Annual Pelotonia Weekend Kicks off in Columbus Today

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Contact: Rae Bazzarre, The MACH 1 Group for Pelotonia | (202) 320-5134 | rbazzarre@themach1group.com

10th Annual Pelotonia Weekend Kicks off in Columbus Today

COLUMBUS, OHAugust 3, 2017 – Pelotonia, a grassroots organization that raises money to accelerate funding for innovative cancer research, is hosting a record-breaking 8,500 riders from more than 40 states and 13 countries and 3,100 volunteers during its 10th annual bike ride taking place Saturday and Sunday, August 4 and 5. This year’s theme, The Greatest Team Ever, emphasizes the outstanding dedication of Pelotonia riders, virtual riders and volunteers who have jointly raised more than $170 million for cancer research since 2009.

“What started as a bike ride has become so much more thanks to each and every rider, virtual rider and volunteer,” said Pelotonia President and CEO Doug Ulman. “Pelotonia is a true community – a place where people go to gain inspiration and create meaningful impact. We celebrate 10 remarkable years by reflecting on what we’ve accomplished while also looking ahead. In our next decade, we’ll do what we do best – raise the bar to have an even greater collective impact. This will mean more fellowships for brilliant minds, more breakthroughs in prevention and detection, new clinical trials, less toxic therapies and more lives saved.”

Since its founding in 2008, Pelotonia has grown into a movement that inspires meaningful collective action by mobilizing purpose-driven communities and accelerating funding for innovative cancer research. In one short decade, the Pelotonia community has made some very notable achievements that include:

  • Raising and investing more than $157 million for innovative cancer research.
  • Supporting the groundbreaking clinical trials of Ibrutinib, which is now FDA approved for the treatment of chronic lymphocytic leukemia and mantle cell lymphoma.
  • Participation from more than 25,000 unique riders from all 50 states and 21 countries and more than one million donations from all 50 states and 70 countries.
  • Funding The Ohio Colorectal Cancer Prevention Initiative, which is estimated to have saved more than 1,000 years of life among those screened.

The opening ceremony festivities for Pelotonia’s 2018 ride on Friday, August 3, are at McFerson Commons and North Bank Park in the Arena District. Members of The Greatest Team Ever will enjoy food, activities and live music from 3:00-9:00pm. Pelotonia’s opening ceremony program will begin at 7:20pm and include powerful impact stories of the people who have helped build Pelotonia from its infancy into the movement it is today. Joining Friday’s celebration and Saturday’s ride are repeat participants George Hincapie, world-renowned former professional cyclist, and Ethan Zohn, a former professional soccer player, cancer survivor, winner of the hit reality television show Survivor Africa and co-founder of Grassroot Soccer.

Throughout the week of the ride, residents of and visitors to Columbus can expect to see several buildings and landmarks lighted green to honor Pelotonia. They include City Hall, LeVeque Tower, Franklin Park Conservatory, the tower at 373 S. High Street in partnership with the Downtown SID and the Peter Pan statue at the Columbus Metropolitan Library. In addition, members of the Columbus community have turned their front porch lights green in a show of solidarity for Pelotonia’s one goal.

Pelotonia riders make a commitment to raise a minimum of $1,250 to $3,000 for cancer research depending on their route choice, with High Rollers raising a minimum of $5,000 each. In honor of the 10th anniversary, Pelotonia increased the number of routes for 2018 from six to ten.

On Saturday, August 4, riders will head out for one- and two-day rides on routes rang­ing from 25-200 miles:

  • Cyclists tackling the 100- and 180-mile routes will start at 7am at McFerson Commons followed by the 25- and 45-mile riders departing around 9am
  • The 55- and 135-mile riders will start from the Bob Evans Headquarters at 8:30am
  • The 75- and 155-mile routes start from Pickerington High School and depart at 7:45am

On Sunday, August 5, riders will participate in the following routes:

  • The newly added 1-day 35-mile ride that starts at Denison University and ends in New Albany
  • Day two of the 135-, 155- 180- and 200-mile rides that depart from Kenyon College at 7am with riders returning to New Albany

Participants have until Oct. 5, 2018 to meet their fundraising requirements.

Thanks to Pelotonia’s major funding partners, Pelotonia is able to donate 100 percent of every dollar raised by riders, virtual riders and volunteers directly to The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute (OSUCCC – James). Pelotonia dollars support four key areas at the OSUCCC – James including:

  • Idea Grants: 134 Pelotonia Idea Grants, which provide funding support for two years, have been given to OSUCCC – James research teams with transformational ideas. Awardees are selected through a peer-review process conducted by both internal and external scientists not competing for grants in the current funding year. This represents the work of more than 175 investigators across 12 colleges plus Nationwide Children’s Hospital.
  • Fellowships: Funding has been awarded to 475 undergraduate, graduate, medical and postdoctoral student fellowships at The Ohio State University through an annual allocation of $2 million in Pelotonia revenue for this Pelotonia Fellowship Program.
  • Senior Scientists: Funds raised by Pelotonia have helped invest in the labs of some of the best talent in cancer research upon coming to The Ohio State University. A total of 87 researchers have been recipients of Pelotonia support to further their crucial work.
  • Statewide Initiatives: Pelotonia is funding three statewide clinical research studies focused on colorectal, lung and endometrial cancers. These studies are conducted in partnership with hospitals across the state of Ohio.

 

For more information on Pelotonia and ride weekend activities, please visit pelotonia.org. To read more about the impact of Pelotonia dollars, please visit pelotonia.org/impact.

 

About Pelotonia

Founded in 2008, Pelotonia was established with the objective to fund life-saving cancer research. As a centerpiece of its year-round fundraising efforts, Pelotonia hosts a three-day experience that includes a weekend of cycling, entertainment and volunteerism. Since 2009, Pelotonia has raised over $170 million for cancer research. Thanks to its generous funding partners, including American Electric Power Foundation, Cardinal Health Foundation, Diamond Hill Capital Management, Harold C. Schott Foundation, Huntington Bank, L Brands Foundation, Lilly Oncology, Nationwide and Peggy and Richard Santulli, Pelotonia is able to direct 100 percent of every dollar raised by its participants to cancer research at The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute. Learn more at www.pelotonia.org.

 

About the OSUCCC – James
The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute strives to create a cancer-free world by integrating scientific research with excellence in education and patient-centered care, a strategy that leads to better methods of prevention, detection and treatment. Ohio State is one of only 46 National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers and one of only four centers funded by the NCI to conduct both phase I and phase II clinical trials on novel anti-cancer drugs. As the cancer program’s 308-bed adult patient-care component, The James is one of the top cancer hospitals in the nation as ranked by U.S. News & World Report and has achieved Magnet designation, the highest honor an organization can receive for quality patient care and professional nursing practice. At 21 floors with more than 1.1 million square feet, The James is a transformational facility that fosters collaboration and integration of cancer research and clinical cancer care. For more information, visit cancer.osu.edu.

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