Columbus gives back

Columbus is a unique city full of great restaurants, of course a large academic community, sports teams, you name it. But this city is also full of service and giving back to the community in pretty extreme ways. Today was a special day for service: The Nationwide Children’s Hospital Columbus Marathon. This event consisted of either a half (13.1 miles) or full marathon (26.2 miles) and included a total of around 18,000 participants! Proceeds for the marathon went directly to the Children’s Hospital mentioned previously and each mile marker of the course shared stories of terminally ill children struggling to fight their disease. There were opportunities to not only run the race, but to volunteer, cheer on the runners, watch, or simply give to the cause. I had several friends run the half and full marathon today and were able to aide the cause. I think I will attempt to train and participate next year!

This the course map for the Columbus Marathon

Another huge, annual event that I was able to participate in this past summer is Pelotonia. In this event, participants bike a designated number of miles with a team or peloton through Columbus and the city outskirts in the fight to end cancer. The bike routes had several mile categories to accommodate all types of riders-I did 25 miles to start out for The Ohio State University team. 100% of all donations and funds raised go to The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center for cancer research. This event was by far one of the most amazing service events I have ever completed and I hope to be a part of this cause going forward. The event was in August this past year, with donations and fundraising ending this month. The check presentation ceremony in which the final monetary value raised is scheduled for November 5th. Last year they raised around $12 million and I am confident this will be beat this year.  Watch this video to learn more about the cause and join the fight to end cancer. Until next time guys!



Tour de Corn

Somewhere between the return of football season and pawing through my dresser for jeans, I start to wonder where summer went. I’m sure we’re all feeling that way now, as drizzly weather highlights the first full week of classes.

We packed a lot of fun in this summer, visits to the zoo, walks in the park, King’s Island, vacation at the beach, etc. But there was one event that defined this summer–Pelotonia. For those of you who don’t know, Pelotonia is a bike ride to raise funds for the OSU Comprehensive Cancer Center/James Cancer Hospital. At its longest, it is a two-day tour from Columbus to Athens and back to Canal Winchester. However, there are shorter tours to Groveport and Amanda. Amazingly, 100 percent of all donations go to cancer research.

The Biomedical Informatics Team
Opening Ceremonies Picture for Team I-Ride

After following news of Pelotonia’s launch in 2009, my husband, Bill (who works for OSUMC’s biomedical informatics department) signed up to ride this year. While his generous spirit did not surprise me, I was a bit concerned about how he would accomplish a 30+ mile ride from campus to Amanda AND raise the $1,000 he was required to pledge. Let’s face it, the only bike he had was one he used on campus as an undergrad nearly two decades before, which now resided in our barn as a home for wayward spiders. That bike wasn’t going to be touring anything.

So…with two months to go before the big event, we began shopping for bikes, looking at accessories, mapping training routes, and spreading the word that we would welcome donations. Every Saturday morning Bill would head out on his new bike, gradually increasing his distance and improving his endurance. Occasionally I would join him on these rides, but my old tank of a bike couldn’t keep up with the sleek model he bought (yeah, that’s my excuse, I mean, that’s the real reason I was panting).

After months of training and fund raising, Bill reached his goal: He rode the 32 miles to Amanda in good time, raised more than $1,000 from generous friends, family, and coworkers, and helped spread the word about the amazing cancer research happening at the OSUMC. Now it’s time for the bike to go into storage until the next Tour de Corn for a good cause.

For more information about Pelotonia, visit