June 21, 2011
Contact: Lesley Fry (419) 995-8671 or Pam Joseph (419) 995-8284
Ohio State Lima Peloton rides to end cancer
Faculty, staff and friends of Ohio State Lima are riding to end cancer in Pelotonia 2011, a grassroots fundraising bike ride that donates millions of dollars to The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute. The group of fifteen riders, virtual riders and volunteers will represent Team Lima Buckeyes, a smaller peloton within Ohio State’s super-peloton, Team Buckeye, during the third annual Pelotonia, Aug. 19-21, 2011.
“Very few in this world are lucky enough to have evaded the reach of cancer. Most of us can recount stories of loved ones we've lost or struggles we've witnessed – all at the hands of this horrible disease,” says Beth Keehn, Team Lima Buckeyes Peloton captain. “Team Lima Buckeyes has decided that we want to do our part to end cancer. We ride in memory of those lost and in hope that we will lose no more.”
Pelotonia is a three-day experience that includes a weekend of cycling, entertainment and volunteerism. Several thousand will bike one of four ride options ranging from 23 to 180 miles between Columbus and Athens. Fundraising minimums range from $1,200 to $2,200 depending on the route chosen. On the morning of Sat., Aug. 20, riders will depart as a group for their chosen destinations. More than 1,000 volunteers will support the riders by providing food, beverages, first aid attention and mechanical support, among other things. Two-day riders continuing on Sun., Aug. 21, will stay overnight at the Ohio University campus.
Pelotonia is able to direct 100 percent of every dollar raised to support cancer research. Its two-year total surpasses $12.3 million. To donate to the Team Lima Buckeyes Peloton, go to pelotonia.org and search “Team Lima Buckeyes.”
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