Pelotonia 2020: Central Ohio riders don't let COVID-19 put brakes on mission
Because of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic and a desire to keep participants, volunteers and supporters safe, Pelotonia in May canceled its annual weekend ride and in-person events, which were slated Friday to Sunday, Aug. 7 to 9.
But a reimagined 2020 Pelotonia has been rolling on virtually, with participants setting their own fundraising and activity goals and tracking them through mypelotonia.org to continue the mission of supporting cancer research at Ohio State University’s James Cancer Center and Solove Research Institute.
This year's format includes a unifying event in the spirit of Pelotonia's traditional opening ceremony: a special broadcast called Legends LIVE! that will be streamed on pelotonia.org/rise, Facebook (facebook.com/pelotonia) and YouTube (youtube.com/ridepelotonia) from 7 to 8 p.m. Aug. 7.
"As we've had to pivot away from our traditional mass physical gathering this year, our priority has been to create new opportunities for our community to engage and continue to raise critical funds for cancer research,” said Doug Ulman, president and CEO of Pelotonia. “The My Pelotonia platform and upcoming Legends LIVE! broadcast on Friday, Aug. 7, allow anyone, anywhere to play an important role in Pelotonia's mission this year.
“Legends LIVE! will be a celebration of what we've accomplished so far and the important work still to come -- featuring moving and uplifting stories of survival, research successes, musical performances and many special guests."
Craig Tann (Bexley)
Marie Gibbons (Canal Winchester)
Julia Duncan (Canal Winchester)
Gina Sizemore (Dublin)
Matt Briskey (Dublin)
Elizabeth Stine (German Village)
Santino Cua (Grandview Heights)
Laura Wetmore (Hilliard)
Eric Olsavsky (Hilliard)
Joshua Reams (New Albany)
Dianna and Eric Caspary (Powell)
Jena Cooper (Pickerington)
Hanim Shepherd (Pickerington)
Sean McCready (Reynoldsburg)
Gregg Goldenbagen and Mary Beth Cowardin (Upper Arlington)
Dario Palmieri and Anna Tessari (Upper Arlington)
Christy Bertolo (Upper Arlington)
Brian, Allison and Quinn Stevens (Westerville)
Cathy Disher (Westerville)
Matt and Emily Manning (Westerville)
Jodie Pierpoint (Westerville)
Patrick Rogers (Worthington)