Pelotonia 14 Raises $21.5 Million, Boosts 6-Year Total to $82.3 Million
Riders, virtual riders and donors in Pelotonia 14, the annual grassroots bicycle tour that generates money for cancer research at Ohio State, raised a record $21,049,621, surpassing the Pelotonia 13 total of $19,007,104 and boosting the six-year total for this event to $82,343,670.
Thanks to Pelotonia’s generous sponsors—including L Brands Foundation, Huntington, and Richard and Peggy Santulli—every cent raised by riders, virtual riders and donors supports cancer research at the OSUCCC – James.
The money supports projects that address cancer diagnosis, treatment, psychosocial issues and prevention. Pelotonia funds support a fellowship program for student researchers working in the labs of faculty mentors, “idea” grants for teams of faculty researchers, sophisticated equipment to aid researchers in their work and recruitment/retention of top cancer researchers.
Pelotonia 14 took place Aug. 8-10 on picturesque routes between Columbus and Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio. The event attracted a record 7,270 riders from 41 states and 10 countries, along with 3,700 virtual riders and more than 2,600 volunteers.
The tour consisted of 276 registered pelotons (riding groups), including 2,362 members of Team Buckeye, the official superpeloton of The Ohio State University. Team Buckeye consisted of 1,428 riders in 100 pelotons, as well as 732 virtual riders and 202 volunteers. The collective Team Buckeye fundraising total was $2,727,856.66.
In September, global cancer advocate Doug Ulman was appointed Pelotonia’s president and CEO. Ulman, 37, is a three-time cancer survivor and the former president and CEO of the LiveSTRONG Foundation, where he spent 14 years growing the start-up non-profit into an iconic global cancer-survivorship organization. Ulman replaces Tom Lennox, who resigned in January 2014.
In addition to his role as president and CEO of Pelotonia, Ulman works on behalf of the OSUCCC – James to build awareness and support for its work in cancer research, education and prevention.