Thousands of cyclists and supporters will come through Knox County Aug. 8-9 for Pelotonia, the bike ride from Columbus to raise money for cancer research with a finish line at Kenyon College.
Riders completing longer routes of 75 or 100 miles on Aug. 8 ride along a portion of the Kokosing Gap Trail and end at the Kenyon Athletic Center. Gambier also is the stopping point for cyclists who stay on campus overnight and ride back to central Ohio on Aug. 9.
Volunteers are needed at the Kenyon Athletic Center and along the route to help with tasks including first aid, parking management, rest stop supply stocking and cleanup. To sign up, go to www.mypelotonia.org/volunteer.jsp
Cyclists typically raise $1,200 to $1,800 each, and Pelotonia donates 100 percent of the money collected by riders to cancer research at the Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center, which includes the Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital, known as the James.
Mark Kohlman, Kenyon’s chief business officer who coordinates the College’s team of 14 riders this year, said he expects the number of riders and supporters visiting the area to approach 6,000.
“Just to have all those people at the end yelling and screaming and cheering you, it’s a really fun, exhilarating feeling to know what you’ve accomplished and the impact it can have on the research,” he said. For more information or to donate, visit www.pelotonia.org or call 614-221-6100.