Kenyon will host hundreds of bicycle riders in August as the campus becomes the new overnight destination for Pelotonia, the Ohio bike tour that has raised more than $25 million for cancer research in three years.
Kenyon will gear up to welcome about 2,000 riders on August 11, with many of the riders accompanied and cheered on by family and friends. About 700 riders will spend a night in North Campus residential halls. Many of the riders are cancer survivors or have lost loved ones to the disease. As part of the partnership with Pelotonia, six Kenyon students will take advantage of medical-research internships this year at the Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center.
Pelotonia is a nonprofit, Columbus-based organization that is fully funded by corporate partners and generates money through donations to riders for cancer research at the Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center—the Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and the Richard J. Solove Research Institute. Riders raise money through sponsors and ride one of six routes, covering one or two days—this year August 11-12. Pelotonia's opening ceremony takes place in Columbus on August 10. About 1,300 riders will conclude their ride in Gambier on August 11. Another 700 will overnight in Gambier and make the return ride to Columbus on August 12.
An informational video can be found here.