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Pelotonia Opens Registration for 10th Annual Bike Ride Benefitting Cancer Research

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

Pelotonia Opens Registration for 10th Annual Bike Ride Benefitting Cancer Research

COLUMBUS, OH (Feb. 21, 2018) – Pelotonia, a grassroots organization that raises money to accelerate funding for innovative cancer research, today opened registration for the three-day experience of cycling, entertainment and volunteerism, which takes place Aug. 3-5, 2018, at pelotonia.org.

“2018 is a landmark year for Pelotonia – we’re celebrating 10 years of people coming together to make a meaningful impact on the world,” said Pelotonia President and CEO Doug Ulman. “We are so proud of what the Pelotonia community has accomplished in the first decade. Thousands of riders, virtual riders, volunteers, researchers, donors, partners have all worked together – as the Greatest Team Ever – to raise crucial dollars and accelerate funding for innovative cancer research.”

When participants register for Pelotonia, they commit to raising funds for cancer research. Several fundraising options are available, including:

  • High Rollers, who commit to raising a minimum of $5000
  • Virtual Riders, who are unable to participate in the ride, but want to participate in the movement with a $100 minimum fundraising commitment
  • Riders, who commit to raising a minimum of between $1250-$3000 depending on which of the ten routes they select.

In honor of Pelotonia’s 10th anniversary, the route options this year have expanded from six to ten. Those routes and the corresponding fundraising commitments are:

  • Columbus to Pickerington, 25 miles, 1-day ride (Sat., Aug. 4), $1250 fundraising commitment
  • Granville to New Albany, 35 miles, 1 -day ride (Sun., Aug. 5), $1500 fundraising commitment
  • Columbus to New Albany, 45 miles, 1-day ride (Sat., Aug. 4), $1500 fundraising commitment
  • New Albany to Gambier, 55 miles, 1-day ride (Sat., Aug. 4), $1750 fundraising commitment
  • Pickerington to Gambier, 75 miles, 1-day ride (Sat., Aug. 4), $2000 fundraising commitment
  • Columbus to Gambier, 100 miles, 1-day ride (Sat., Aug. 4), $2000 fundraising commitment
  • New Albany to Gambier, Gambier to New Albany, 135 miles, 2-day ride (Aug. 4-5), $2250 fundraising commitment
  • Pickerington to Gambier, Gambier to New Albany, 155 miles, 2-day ride (Aug. 4-5), $2500 fundraising commitment
  • Columbus to Gambier, Gambier to New Albany, 180 miles, 2-day ride (Aug. 4-5), $2500 fundraising commitment
  • Columbus to Gambier, Gambier to New Albany, 200 miles, 2-day ride (Aug. 4-5), $3000 fundraising commitment

Pelotonia provides all participants with a to help them meet their commitments. Riders, Virtual Riders and Volunteers have until 11:59pm on Fri., Oct. 5, 2018 to raise funds for Pelotonia.

Registration for riders is $100 until 12:01am on Mon., June 11, 2018 on which date the fee increases to $150. For riders who register after Wed., July 11, 2018, the registration fee increases to $200.Pelotonia will hold its opening ceremony on Fri., Aug. 3. On Sat., Aug. 4, thousands of riders will embark on 1- and 2-day rides on routes ranging from 25-200 miles and on Sun., Aug. 5, riders will participate in the newly added 1-day 35-mile ride from Granville to New Albany and 2-day riders in the 135-200-mile routes will return to New Albany.

In 2017, Riders, Virtual Riders and Volunteers raised a record-breaking $26.2 million, bringing the organization’s nine-year total to more than $157 million. Donors from all 50 states and more than 60 countries contributed to the funds raised by the 282 pelotons.

Pelotonia donates 100 percent of every participant-raised dollar directly to The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute (OSUCCC – James). These donations are used to support cancer research in several ways:

  • Idea Grants, which investigate new and innovative basic, clinical, translational and population-based science clinical trials;
  • Fellowships, which encourages undergraduate, graduate, medical and postdoctoral students to become independent cancer researchers
  • Tools for discovery to aid cutting-edge research;
  • Funding research of the best and brightest physician-scientists who are coming to Columbus, Ohio to further their passion for treating patients and pursuing scientific solutions.
  • Statewide Initiatives, which take aim at specific cancer types by working with community hospitals throughout Ohio to promote prevention, early detection and better outcomes.

Since its inception, Pelotonia has funded and awarded 108 idea grants and 440 fellowships, as well as support for 87 senior scientists and three statewide initiatives. Pelotonia’s operational costs are paid for by major funding partners including Huntington Bank, L Brands Foundation, Peggy and Richard Santulli, American Electric Power Foundation, Harold C. Schott Foundation, Lilly Oncology, Cardinal Health Foundation, Diamond Hill Capital Management and Nationwide. This funding model enables Pelotonia 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.

 

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. In its nine years, Pelotonia has raised over $157 million for cancer research. Thanks to its generous funding partners, including Huntington Bank, L Brands Foundation, Peggy and Richard Santulli, American Electric Power Foundation, Harold C. Schott Foundation, Lilly Oncology, Cardinal Health Foundation, Diamond Hill Capital Management and Nationwide, 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. The 10th-anniversary Pelotonia ride is scheduled for Aug. 3-5, 2018. 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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