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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”