Jameson Parker will participate in his fourth Pelotonia in August, and he plans to complete the two-day 180-mile route for the second year.

"Cancer has touched almost anyone you can find," said Parker, who is riding as part of the Big Lots peloton.

Parker, a 34-year-old resident of Columbus and the Hilliard school district, is employed at the company's corporate office.

"When Big Lots sponsored a team (four years ago), that piqued my interest even more," he said. "I had not ridden a bike for several years but wanted to be a part of Pelotonia."

Parker said he would ride this year in honor or memory of many individuals, particularly his maternal grandfather, who died earlier this year from prostate cancer, and his mother-in-law, who recently was diagnosed with cancer and is undergoing treatment.

Parker said he rode 50 miles his first year, 100 miles his second year and 180 miles last year, a feat he plans to duplicate Aug. 5 and 6 by pedaling from Columbus to Gambier and then back to New Albany.

"I'm ramping up my riding; I'm up to about 45 miles a day," he said. "I do one long ride and two short rides each week, usually with a co-worker or former co-workers who have participated in Pelotonia."

Parker said he and his wife, Meghan, have one daughter and one son.

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