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    Press Release:

    EARLY REGISTRATION FOR PELOTONIA 2014 SETS RECORD: ORGANIZERS BELIEVE EVENT COULD EXCEED $20 MILLION RAISED FOR CANCER RESEARCH

    COLUMBUS, Ohio – Registration opened last week for Pelotonia 2014 at http://www.pelotonia.org and organizers are hoping to exceed last year’s record number of participants, which included 6,723 riders and 2,300 volunteers from 41 states and nine countries. Pelotonia will take place August 8–10, 2014 and offers a three-day experience of cycling, entertainment and volunteerism.

    Founded in 2008, Pelotonia has been on a rapid growth trajectory, with riders raising more than $61 million for cancer research in its five years of existence.

    Within the first week of registration, 830 riders signed up to participate and these early registration results are ahead of last year’s for the same time period by 16%, indicating that Pelotonia 2014 is well on its way to another successful year in support of cancer research. Moreover, the 830 registered riders for 2014 have raised $159,000 for cancer research to date.

    In partnership with Pelotonia’s sponsors, 100 percent of every rider-raised dollar through Pelotonia directly funds research at The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center–Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute (OSUCCC-James). Pelotonia’s 2013 results were staggering, with over $19 million raised to support four primary areas at the OSUCCC-James:

    a fellowship program, funding student researchers, “Idea Grants” that fund teams of researchers and recruitment and retention of leading cancer researchers and programs.

    “These unprecedented results have been achieved because so many individuals and organizations have decided to take a stand and invest in ending cancer as we know it,” said Daniel Rosenthal, chair of the board of Pelotonia. “Pelotonia has become a community-wide movement that we believe will continue to draw more and more riders, volunteers, contributors and sponsors each year.”

    Thomas Lennox, chief executive officer of Pelotonia since 2008, also announced that he will be leaving Pelotonia to establish a new company that will provide creative, technological and advisory services to businesses. Citing his desire to increase the amount of quality cancer research conducted, Lennox also plans to help cancer programs raise funds for life-saving research in other cities.

    “I am beyond proud of what Pelotonia has accomplished,” said Lennox. “With the organization on track to generate more than $20 million annually there is no better time for me to move on and impact cancer more broadly. I will always cherish my time with Pelotonia and I look forward to continuing as its advocate and supporter.”

    The search for an executive director is underway and an appointment is expected to be announced in the coming weeks. Lennox will retain the title of chief executive officer emeritus and remain a consultant to Pelotonia for two years.

    “We are so thankful to the thousands of riders, volunteers, contributors and sponsors who have enabled us to bring dozens of new cancer researchers to Ohio State and to support the work of more than 200 students in our effort to create a cancer-free world. Tom Lennox has been at the heart of rallying these audiences and we wish him the best as he branches out into other cities,” said Michael Caligiuri, MD, director of The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center and chief executive officer of the Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital & Richard J. Solove Research Institute.

    Funds generated by Pelotonia have fueled groundbreaking cancer research, from early-stage “idea grants” to complex experimental drug therapies. Such studies include the evaluation of the effects of strawberries and blackberries on oral cancer and the role of social isolation in breast cancer. Breakthrough research funded by Pelotonia also includes discoveries with a drug called ibrutinib.

    The drug, developed by Pharmacyclics Inc., has proved to be a safe, effective and targeted treatment for certain types of leukemias and lymphomas.

    MORE: http://pelotonia.org

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    Pelotonia 14 raised $21,049,621 for cancer research. Thank you to every single superhero who made this happen.

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