Pelotonia, the popular cycling and fundraising event, will take a more individualized and virtual approach in its battle against cancer this summer due to the coronavirus pandemic, officials announced Tuesday.

Instead of nearly 14,000 riders and volunteers gathering to complete various distances on bikes around central Ohio during a three-day ride weekend in August, participants will choose their own challenge — from biking to walking to sewing masks — and share their progress using a newly created online platform, My Pelotonia, that will launch June 2.

Pelotonia president and chief executive officer Doug Ulman, for example, said he will ride from Columbus to Cincinnati. A pregnant Pelotonia employee has pledged to walk 100 miles this summer. Ulman said he knows of others who plan to volunteer a certain number of hours.

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