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Kenyon Extends Partnership with Pelotonia

December 21, 2015 - 2:33 AM

GAMBIER — Kenyon College and the Pelotonia bike tour for cancer research extended their partnership for five more years, keeping the first-day finish line on campus for longer rides from Columbus.

Cyclists who complete routes of 75 or 100 miles on Aug. 6, 2016, will ride along a portion of the Kokosing Gap Trail accessible from campus and end at the Kenyon Athletic Center. Some of those participants will stay on campus overnight and ride back to the Columbus area on Aug. 7.

Cyclists typically raise $1,200 to $2,200 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.

The event raised more than $23.6 million in 2015, breaking the fundraiser’s record and bringing its seven-year total to more than $106 million.

Mark Kohlman, Kenyon’s chief business officer who leads the college’s team of riders, noted that many people from this area of the state have connections to the James. “I think being a part of that connection and support benefits the greater community.”

Cyclists and their families can celebrate at a post-ride party at Kenyon, which has hosted the finish line since 2012. “We’re really happy to continue to be a part of it and to help Pelotonia grow,” Kohlman said.

Kelley Griesmer, Pelotonia chief operating officer, said riders have route options of varying difficulties on the way to Gambier, which wasn’t the case when the tour previously went through steeper climbs in the Hocking Hills in southeastern Ohio. “The reason we wanted to end with Kenyon is it’s a beautiful place to finish," she said. "The college has been so generous, and we are thrilled to continue that partnership.”

Rider registration opens Jan. 20. For more information, visit

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