Not Biking Pelotonia? Four Alternative Ways to Support the Cause

Staff Writer
Columbus Monthly

Cycling isn't for everybody. But that doesn't mean you can't get involved with Pelotonia (Aug. 7 to 9). The annual three-day bike tour began in 2008 and has since raised more than $82 million to fund cancer research at The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center. We rounded up some alternative ways to show your support.

Registering as a virtual rider is a popular option for joining the Pelotonia community, especially for those who will be out of town that weekend. It just takes a $10 minimum to kick-start your fundraising.

Volunteers keep this annual event in motion. Pelotonia officials say they are aiming to recruit about 3,000 volunteers this year. Possible tasks include bike storage and shipment, first-aid assistance, managing parking lots, photographing racers and handing out water along the route.

Whether for a friend, family member or complete stranger, show your support by donating to a ride. In the end, all the money raised supports Pelotonia's "one goal"-ending cancer. Another alternative is to join a Peloton group and host fundraising events. One team got creative and offered to aerate neighbors' lawns in exchange for donations. (Tip: Fundraising continues for 60 days following the event-the last day to make a donation is Oct. 10.)

Decorate signs, dust off your cowbell and come ready to cheer on the riders. Pick a spot along the route or near the finish line. Simply being there to show your support gives riders extra motivation to keep pedaling.