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Pelotonia Opens Registration for Annual Bike Ride Benefitting Cancer Research with Week of Special Community Events in Columbus

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

Pelotonia Opens Registration for Annual Bike Ride Benefitting Cancer Research with Week of Special Community Events in Columbus

Pelotonia ’17 registration opens Feb. 8


COLUMBUS, OH
(Feb. 2, 2017) – Pelotonia, a grassroots organization that raises money to fund cancer research, will open registration for the three-day experience of cycling, entertainment and volunteerism, which takes place Aug. 4-6, 2017, on Wed., Feb. 8 at pelotonia.org. Pelotonia is marking the occasion with a week of special events throughout the Columbus community, Feb. 6-11. (For more information and a complete listing of events and promotions, click here.)

“We are excited to build upon Pelotonia’s success in 2017,” said Pelotonia President and CEO Doug Ulman. “With 1.6 million new cancer diagnoses expected this year in the U.S. – more than 68,000 of those in Ohio – there is much work to be done towards our goal of ending cancer. And in order to make progress, we need more people than ever before to register for and participate in Pelotonia ’17 –whether it’s as a rider, virtual rider or volunteer.”

When participants register for Pelotonia ‘17, they commit to raising funds for cancer research and join a movement with the shared goal of ending cancer. 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-$2500 depending on which of the six routes they select.

The six routes and the corresponding fundraising commitments are:

  • Columbus to Pickerington, 25 miles, 1-day ride, $1250 fundraising commitment
  • Columbus to New Albany, 45 miles, 1-day ride, $1500 fundraising commitment
  • New Albany to Gambier, 55 miles, 1-day ride, $1750 fundraising commitment
  • Columbus to Gambier, 100 miles, 1-day ride, $2000 fundraising commitment
  • New Albany to Gambier and back, 135 miles, 2-day ride, $2500 fundraising commitment
  • Columbus to Gambier and back, 180 miles, 2-day ride, $2500 fundraising commitment

Pelotonia provides all participants with a fundraising toolkit to help them meet their commitments. Riders, virtual riders and volunteers have until Fri., Oct. 6, 2017 to raise funds for Pelotonia ’17. Registration for riders is $100 until Tues., June 6, on which date the fee increases to $150. For riders who register after July 6, the registration fee is $200.

Pelotonia ’17 will hold its opening ceremony on Fri., Aug. 4. On Sat., Aug. 5, more than 7,500 riders will embark on 1- and 2-day rides on routes ranging from 25-180 miles and on Sun., Aug. 6, riders from the 135- and 180-mile routes will return to Columbus.

In 2016, riders, virtual riders and volunteers raised a record-breaking $24.1 million, bringing the organization’s eight-year total to $130.1 million. Donors from all 50 states and more than 60 countries contributed to the funds raised by the 275 pelotons.

Pelotonia donates 100 percent of every rider-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, translation and population-based science clinical trials;
  • Fellowships, which provide for undergraduate, graduate, medical and postdoctoral students to acquire state-of-the-art equipment and technologies;
  • 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.

Since its inception, Pelotonia has funded and awarded 89 idea grants and 399 fellowships as well as support for 63 senior scientists. 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 and Nationwide. Other notable partners include the Harold C. Schott Foundation and the Cardinal Health Foundation.

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 eight years, Pelotonia has raised over $130 million for cancer research. Thanks to its generous funding partners, Huntington Bank, L Brands Foundation, Peggy and Richard Santulli, American Electric Power Foundation, Nationwide, Cardinal Health Foundation, and Harold C. Schott Foundation, 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 2017 Pelotonia ride is scheduled for Aug. 4-6, 2017. 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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