Pelotonia Total Exceeds $173 Million

2018 was Pelotonia’s 10th year, and the total amount raised by riders, virtual riders and volunteers since 2009 totaled more than $173 million as of Sept. 6. In 2017, the annual event, which generates money for cancer research at Ohio State, raised a record $26 million. (The total raised by the Aug. 4-5, 2018, event will not be known until November.)

Thanks to Pelotonia’s major sponsors—including L Brands Foundation, Huntington, Peggy and Richard Santulli, and the AEP Foundation—every dollar raised by riders, virtual riders and donors goes directly to cancer research at the OSUCCC – James. Pelotonia staff presented a check for the Pelotonia 17 total to OSUCCC – James leaders at a Nov. 16 event.

“The Pelotonia movement is proof that true social impact depends on a community of people working together,” Pelotonia President and CEO Doug Ulman said. “This year, our community rallied for our cause in an unprecedented fashion, breaking fundraising and participation records and living up to their name as the Greatest Team Ever. Their efforts are saving lives, and we owe them an abundance of gratitude.”

Pelotonia 17 drew 8,022 riders, 3,576 virtual riders and 3,042 volunteers. The riders, who represented 40 American states and 10 countries, participated in six routes that extended from 25 to 180 miles. The routes started in Columbus or New Albany and finished at one of three destinations: Pickerington, New Albany or Gambier, Ohio, the home of Kenyon College.

Key Pelotonia Funding Partners

Major Funding Partners
L Brands Foundation
Peggy and Richard Santulli
AEP Foundation

Supporting Funding Partners
Lilly Oncology
Harold C. Schott Foundation

Notable Funding Partners
Cardinal Health
Diamond Hill Capital Management

Pelotonia 17 Notable Numbers

8,022 riders from 40 states, 10 countries
3,576 virtual riders
3,042 volunteers
282 registered pelotons (riding groups)

Team Buckeye, Ohio State's Official Superpeloton

1,850 members
1,200 riders
70 individual pelotons
418 virtual riders
232 volunteers

Team Buckeye Fundraising Total


Total Participation and Funds Raised Charts

9-Year Pelotonia Financial Summary

Pelotonia funding supports projects that address many aspects of cancer, including diagnosis, treatment, psychosocial issues, prevention, accelerated drug development and large initiatives to change the landscape of cancer care. Specifically, Pelotonia dollars support six areas:

  • Intramural Research Program – This program funds Idea Grants, clinical trials and other initiatives proposed by teams of faculty researchers who need to gather early data for promising projects that may lead to larger external grants;

  • Fellowship Program – This program enables Ohio State students in any discipline or level of scholarship to conduct cancer research with faculty mentors;

  • New Recruit Research – Pelotonia funds can help newly recruited researchers continue their work upon arrival at Ohio State;

  • Instruments of Discovery – This program supports purchases of sophisticated equipment needed for cutting-edge cancer research;

  • Statewide Initiatives – These large projects take aim at specific cancer types by working with community hospitals throughout Ohio to promote prevention, early detection and better outcomes for patients;

  • Strategic Research Investments – These investments support such initiatives at the OSUCCC – James as the Drug Development Institute, Digital Pathology and a Total Cancer Care® protocol.

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 Medicine
  • College of Public Health
  • College of Nursing
  • College of Dentistry
  • College of Pharmacy
  • College of Veterinary Medicine Allocation of Pelotonia Funds (2009-17)
  • College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences
  • College of Law
  • College of Education and Human Ecology
  • College of Engineering
  • College of Arts and Sciences
Allocation of Pelotonia Funds Chart

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