Founded in 2008 as a grassroots bike tour to end cancer, Pelotonia has quickly become more than just a one-weekend-a-year event in Columbus, Ohio. Today, it is a nationally recognized brand and social movement still fueled by its unwavering mission to find accelerate funding for innovative cancer research.
Unique in its approach, Pelotonia’s primary core value is that 100% of every rider-raised dollar goes directly to cancer research at The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute. The impact of these dollars is already evident, as Pelotonia funds are invested in young scientists, high risk ideas, and clinical trials, from which numerous breakthroughs have already been made.
The word Pelotonia is derived from the root word “peloton”, which is a team of riders working together to increase speed and efficiency. The more people who join the Pelotonia movement, the faster and more efficiently we will find a cure for cancer. Whether you ride, “virtually” ride, donate, volunteer, or buy and proudly wear Pelotonia gear, there is no greater satisfaction than engaging with the Pelotonia community and seeing your efforts have a direct impact on the lives of people all over the world.
Pelotonia funds, so far, 108 idea grants have been given to researchers with transformational ideas; 440 fellowships have been awarded to brilliant, young scientists; and 87 senior scientists have been funded to pursue cutting-edge research. Additionally, several statewide initiatives have been funded by Pelotonia dollars resulting in thousands of lives saved each and every year. In the first nine years Pelotonia has raised over 157 million dollars for cancer research.