Friday, April 27, 2012

Pelotonia 2012: One Goal, End Cancer

Anyone living in Columbus has probably noticed those green arrows displayed on business windows and people's cars.  Four words printed on the arrows boldly stand out, "One Goal End Cancer."  These arrows help spread awareness for Pelotonia, an organization founded to raise money for cancer research.  For the past three years, thousands of riders have traveled across the state on their bikes for this great cause.  This year, on August 11, riders will start in Downtown Columbus and ride as short as 25 miles to Pickerington or as long as 100 miles to Gambier, the home of Kenyon College.  True cycling enthusiasts also have the option to ride back to Columbus the next day - a total of 180 miles over two days!

If you ask Tom Lennox, Pelotonia Founder and CEO, what this organization is all about, he will tell you, "It is all about the money."  That is because every single dollar raised by riders and volunteers goes to cancer research at Ohio State's Comprehensive Cancer Center - James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute ("The James").  In its first three years, Pelotonia has raised $25.4 million for The James, and after its fifth year, Pelotonia's goal is to have raised $50 million.  Pelotonia has already raised over $1 million this year, and there are still 105 days left until ride.

Last year, Capital Law joined this fight against cancer with the formation of the Capital Law Cycling Club.  Six students and two faculty members (current Capital Law School Dean, Richard Simpson, and former Capital Law School Dean, Jack Guttenberg) courageously rode in a Peloton on behalf of Capital and raised a total of $14,338.97.  Four additional students also helped volunteer the day of the ride.

This year, the Cycling Club hopes to significantly increase the number of riders and volunteers, as well as the total amount of money raised.  Because Capital will be hosting an exclusive "feed zone" in Pataskala, we need around 30 volunteers.  These volunteers will serve the riders food and beverages to keep their energy levels high, but more importantly, they will cheer them on.  Moral support goes a long way. It can be just what riders need to give them that little extra boost of stamina.

Staff, Faculty, Students:  Are you interested in riding or volunteering?  Potential riders can send questions to Ryan Schick (, and potential volunteers should contact Molly Dames ( or Tom Jeffcott (  If you are on the fence, I encourage you to watch the video posted below.  After watching it, I was just about ready to sign up for the 180 miler, and I haven't ridden a bike in years.  For more information about the Capital Law Peloton, visit our Pelotonia 2012 profile page.

2011 Capital Law Peloton

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