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June 28, 2011

In the two years since Pelotonia started, riders have raised more than $12.3 million for cancer research. Every cent of that money goes directly to innovative cancer research at Ohio State's Comprehensive Cancer Center-James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute.

Pelotonia '11

This year's ride at Ohio State is right around the corner. On August 20, thousands of cyclists will take off from Columbus, Ohio, with one common goal: to end cancer.

Almost everyone has been touched in some way by cancer. And it will take a community--from medical researchers and riders to volunteers and supporters--to chase cancer down and defeat it.

Thousands of riders are raising money based on the length of ride they choose, from $1,200 for the 25-mile route to Groveport, and up to $2,200 for a round trip to Athens.

But you don't need to be a diehard cyclist to participate. "Virtual" riders can participate in Pelotonia by contributing as little as $10, and countless volunteers are needed to pull off this weekend event.

For many people, including Team Buckeye co-captain Lindsey Gale, the connection to fighting cancer is personal. "My mom is a breast cancer survivor, and two of my college friends are survivors," she says. "I feel like Pelotonia is a way I can personally make a difference in the fight against cancer."

Take a quick look at how the Ohio State community is gearing up for the ride to finish cancer. And find out what you can do to help bring cancer to the finish line.


  • Archie Griffin is leading the charge for the university's official mega-peloton, Team Buckeye. Team Buckeye will include all riders associated with Ohio State, including employees, students, and alumni. Read more.



  • Ten teams of Ohio State scientists have received the first-ever Pelotonia Idea Grants for innovative cancer research projects, such as how to determine the most effective therapies for triple-negative breast cancer. Read more.



  • Raising money for Pelotonia has ranged from cornhole tournaments to designing a ride-themed necktie. And breast cancer survivor and recent bride Lori Huber registered for Pelotonia donations instead of wedding gifts at a department store. Read more.



  • Get an inside look at Pelotonia participants--and why they're riding--at the Pelotonia blog, The Rider. Ohio State student Katie Howard, for example, is riding to honor Amber, her golden retriever. Read more.