German Village's Elizabeth Stine lets feet rack up Pelotonia miles

GARY SEMAN JR.
gseman@thisweeknews.com
Elizabeth Stine (left), with sisters Rachel Stine (middle) and Catherine Stine, is walking this year to raise money for Pelotonia. Cancellation of the traditional bicycle ride fundraising has led to Pelotonia supporters finding new ways to raise money.

Elizabeth Stine walks the walk for Pelotonia.

The German Village resident has set a goal of 115 miles a month for the past three months to raise money for the Pelotonia organization, which funds cancer research.

She logged 145.9 miles in May and 159.6 in June and was at 140 miles as of July 25. Fundraising continues through the end of October.

"I want to raise at least as much as I walk," she said, pledging a dollar for each mile.

Because of the COVID-19 coronavirus 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 for Friday to Sunday, Aug. 7 to 9.

Stine, 34, is a science and engineering teacher at Newark High School, where she also is a varsity assistant coach for the girls basketball team.

Although she said she is not much of a bike rider, she enjoys outdoor activities and walks alone and, frequently, with the opening-ceremony leads, also known as volunteer coordinators, for Pelotonia.

She also has been taking pictures near the landmarks of the bike ride or near the offices of some of Pelotonia's biggest funding partners -- American Electric Power, Chemical Abstracts Society and Huntington Banks, to name a few -- and posting them on social media.

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.

"I've had people close to me have cancer," Stine said. "I lost my grandfather to cancer. One of my childhood best friends' mother died from cancer. It was just a way for me to make a small difference for people making a big difference."

"We'll miss being together as often as we would during a normal Pelotonia, but it's worthwhile, the My Pelotonia experience, to create your own unique goals, see each other safely and raise money," said Suzanne Knott, also a ceremony lead.

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."

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