Who We Are: Founded in 2008, Pelotonia is a community dedicated to funding life-saving cancer research. Through our 3-day experience of cycling, volunteerism and fundraising, the Pelotonia community has raised over $200 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 cheering along the side of the road during Pelotonia’s annual bike ride, hosting a fundraiser, utilizing PULLL, 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 25-200 miles. The weekend comes to a close when our two-day 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: From inception to our 2019 ride, Pelotonia has raised more than $200 million dollars 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 (OSUCCC-James). Pelotonia dollars support key areas within Ohio State’s cancer program: idea grants, student fellowships, investment in the lab and work of the brightest minds in cancer research, tools for discovery and statewide initiatives, studies and trials. Just recently 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 riders, virtual riders, volunteers, 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 every dollar raised by Pelotonia riders, virtual riders and volunteers goes directly to fund cancer research at 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, virtual rider, or volunteer. Pelotonia wouldn’t be possible without the support and dedication of 3,000+ volunteers who cheer on and keep 7,000+ 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.
Connect with Pelotonia
President & CEO: Doug Ulman
Director of Fundraising: Stephanie Zimmerman
Board Chair: Dan Rosenthal