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Ag students to race in Pelotonia to support cancer research
A small group of Ohio State University agriculture students is teaming up in hopes to raise money and awareness for cancer research, and will represent agriculture in the upcoming Pelotonia bike ride Aug. 10-12.
The grassroots bike tour with the goal of ending cancer, was started four years ago by people in the Columbus area. The ride has several distances ranging from 25 miles to 180 miles, broken up over two days. Last year more than 5,000 people rode in the bike tour.
Pelotonia riders and teams raise money for research at Ohio State’s James Cancer Institute.
All for the cause
"What's really special about this is that 100 percent of what we raise goes to cancer research. So no funds go into kickbacks to any of the organizations, no percentages deducted,” team captain Benjamin Wenner said.
“Within our group we are going to total close to 600 miles with the four that are physically riding. Three of us are riding 180 miles and our fourth is riding another 50,” he said.
There is a fifth member of the team - also known as a ‘Peloton’ - who cannot physically ride but is helping with fundraising. The Peloton has raised nearly half of their $5,000 target, with fundraising continuing through October.
Riding for a Reason
"We all ride for different reasons,” Wenner said. “We all have family or friends that are really personally affected by cancer. We are riding in hope that the research that comes out of the James continues to provide positive improvements for the people who are treated there, and for the families, and for prevention treatments, drugs and studies.”
Proud to Sponsor
Ohio Farm Bureau Federation (OFBF) has sponsored Wenner in the past and will be supporting the ag student ‘Peloton’ this year.
"First and foremost, Pelotonia is a good cause and these students are putting a great deal of effort into it,” said OFBF Vice President of Communications Pat Petzel. “Benjamin was an ambassador for Ohio Farm Bureau's Land and Living exhibit at the Ohio State Fair several years ago, and we see the ambassador program as a long-term relationship with these young leaders. They will likely have long careers as Farm Bureau and agricultural ambassadors so us supporting this team's efforts was a great fit."
Wenner said that the team is excited to ride with the custom red, white and blue jerseys with both Ohio Farm Bureau and Select Sires, another sponsor, logos prominently displayed
“People within agriculture are as deeply affected by cancer as anyone else,” said Wenner. “I just want to engage agricultural organizations in this great cause, get everyone involved and raise the awareness that the agricultural community is involved and invested in this cancer research as well.”
Listen to audio clips of Wenner speaking about Pelotonia here:
Watch this video Wenner and his teammates posted about Pelotonia: