Financial Review

Pelotonia 6-Year Total Exceeds $82 Million

Riders, virtual riders and donors in Pelotonia 14, an annual cycling event that generates money for cancer research at Ohio State, raised a record $21,049,621 and boosted the six-year total for this event to $82,343,670.

Pelotonia staff presented a check for the Pelotonia 14 total to OSUCCC Director and James CEO Michael A. Caligiuri, MD, at a ceremony in mid-November. The 2014 Pelotonia total outdistanced the 2013 tally by more than $2 million.

Thanks to Pelotonia’s generous sponsors (see box), every cent raised by riders, virtual riders and donors goes directly to cancer research at the OSUCCC – James.

Pelotonia funds support a variety of projects related to cancer diagnosis, treatment, psychosocial issues and prevention. They also provide a research fellowship program for students, idea grants for teams of faculty researchers, new and upgraded technologies to aid research, and support for work by researchers newly recruited to Ohio State.

Key Pelotonia Sponsors

Major Funding Partners
L Brands Foundation
Richard and Peggy Santulli

Supporting Funding Partners

Notable Funding Partners
Cardinal Health
Harold C. Schott Foundation
Scotts Miracle-Gro
Kenyon College

Pelotonia 14 notable numbers

7,270 riders from 41 states, 10 countries (a record)
3,700 virtual riders
2,600 volunteers
276 registered pelotons (riding groups)

Team Buckeye, Ohio State’s official superpeloton

2,362 members of Team Buckeye
100 individual pelotons
732 virtual riders
202 volunteers

Team Buckeye Fundraising Total:


5-Year Pelotonia Financial Summary

Pelotonia, the annual grassroots bicycle tour established in 2009 to raise money for cancer research at the OSUCCC – James, generated more than $61 million in its first five years through rider pledges and donations. Thanks to the generous underwriters of the event, every dollar raised by riders, virtual riders and donors since Pelotonia began has been used to advance cancer research, as shown in the bar graph to the left.

Bringing Knowledge to Bear in the Fight Against Cancer

Pelotonia research funding has been allocated to investigators in multiple colleges at Ohio State, as well as at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus and at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center:

  • College of Public Health
  • College of Medicine
  • College of Law
  • College of Nursing
  • College of Pharmacy
  • College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences
  • College of Engineering
  • College of Veterinary Medicine
  • College of Education and Human Ecology
  • College of Dentistry
  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • Nationwide Children’s Hospital
  • Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center

Investing in the Next Generation: Pelotonia Fellowship Program

The Pelotonia Fellowship Program has awarded more than $9 million in funding for peer-reviewed cancer research projects by Ohio State students who work in the labs of faculty mentors. The trainees are in multiple disciplines and at all levels of scholarship--undergraduate, graduate, medical school and postdoctoral.

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