Earlier this month 10 Simonton associates out of the Columbus, Ohio area strapped on their helmets and peddled away. These dedicate bikers have raised a total of $14,965 to date as part of the Pelotonia 2013 event in Columbus. All funds go to The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center.
Pelotonia, a grassroots bike tour started just four years ago with 500 bike riders, has now raised more than $54 million for cancer research. This year, 6,722 riders rode from one of six route options leaving Columbus Commons on August 9. Cyclists could select from one- or two-day rides in distances from 25 to 50 to 75 to 100 miles.
The dedicated Team Simonton members traveled several hundred miles combined on different routes throughout the city to help raise funds for cancer research. Terrific weather and huge crowds along the route encouraged the bikers.
"There was one man, around the 70-mile mark of the route, who parked his truck and displayed signs saying 'thanks for saving my wife's life.' That's the kind of encouragement that energizes us and keeps us biking," says Terry Craig, vice president of information technology for Simonton Windows, who participated in the event.
“We’re motivated to support this event because we know that 100 percent of all funds raised are provided directly to the researchers at The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center to support their efforts to understand, prevent and cure cancer. Team Simonton extends a heartfelt thanks to everyone who provided support during this event, including our sponsors, the staff at Pelotonia and all the volunteers and policemen along the route who helped make this a fun, rewarding and safe event."
You can still support Team Simonton ... just visit www.pelotonia.org and visit the Team Simonton page to donate funds to The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center.