Pelotonia 8-Year Total Exceeds $130 Million
Riders, virtual riders and donors in Pelotonia 16, the eighth installment of an annual grassroots bicycle tour that generates money for cancer research at Ohio State, raised a record $24,104,432 and boosted the eight-year total for this event to $130,159,438.
The 2016 Pelotonia total exceeded the 2015 tally by more than $2.5 million. Thanks to Pelotonia’s major sponsors— including L Brands Foundation, Huntington, and Peggy and Richard Santulli—every cent raised by riders, virtual riders and donors goes directly to cancer research at the OSUCCC – James. Pelotonia staff presented a check for the Pelotonia 16 total to OSUCCC Director and James CEO Michael A. Caligiuri, MD, at a Nov. 9, 2016, ceremony at Express Live! in the Arena District of downtown Columbus.
Overall, donors from all 50 states and more than 60 countries contributed to the funds raised by the 275 pelotons (riding groups) that participated in Pelotonia 16. The event unfolded Aug. 6-7 on six bike routes between Columbus and Gambier, Ohio, home to Kenyon College. The event drew 7,749 riders and 2,790 volunteers who collectively represented 40 states and eight countries.
“To make progress in cancer research and, therefore, in treatment at the bedside, we must have a way to fund big, bold and new ideas for which government grants would be difficult to obtain, and we must do it now,” Caligiuri says. “We are thankful for all riders, virtual riders, volunteers, donors and corporate partners for their support and commitment to our shared vision of a cancer-free world.”
Key Pelotonia Sponsors
Major Funding Partners
L Brands Foundation
Peggy and Richard Santulli
Supporting Funding Partners
Notable Funding Partners
Harold C. Schott Foundation
Pelotonia 16 Notable Numbers
7,749 riders from 40 states, eight countries
2,616 virtual riders
275 registered pelotons (riding groups)
Team Buckeye, Ohio State’s Official Superpeloton
1,358 Team Buckeye members
80 individual pelotons
383 virtual riders
Team Buckeye Fundraising Total
7-Year Pelotonia Financial Summary
Pelotonia supports projects that address many aspects of cancer, including diagnosis, treatment, psychosocial issues, prevention, accelerated drug development, and initiatives to change the landscape of cancer care. Specifically, Pelotonia dollars support four major areas:
- The Fellowship Program— enables Ohio State students in any discipline or level of scholarship to conduct cancer research with faculty mentors;
- The Intramural Research Program—funds Idea Grants, clinical trials and other initiatives;
- New Recruit Research Support— helps junior and senior investigators recruited to Ohio State continue their research upon arrival;
- Instruments of Discovery— purchases state-of-the-art equipment needed for cutting-edge research.
Bringing Knowledge to Bear in the Fight Against Cancer
Pelotonia research funding has been allocated to investigators in 11 Ohio State collages, as well as at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus and at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.
Those colleges are:
- College of Medicine
- College of Public Health
- College of Nursing
- College of Dentistry
- College of Pharmacy
- College of Veterinary Medicine
- College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences
- College of Law
- College of Education and Human Ecology
- College of Engineering
- College of Arts and Sciences