Have you ever been a part of something bigger than yourself?
Have you ever felt so much positivity that you were moved to tears?
Have you ever been surrounded by thousands of like-minded people with nothing but #onegoal on your minds?
This post is for YOU. Anyone can get involved with Pelotonia and today I’m asking you to consider committing to August’s ride.
Pelotonia’s grass-roots efforts have now raised over $100,000,000 for cancer research. Since inception, every penny raised has gone directly to fighting cancer thanks to very generous sponsors and the very smart people behind Pelotonia.
This mind-boggling amount of money did not just appear out of thin air. Thousands of riders, volunteers, organizers and other good people combined their efforts and millions of dollars year after year is the result.
But this is not enough! Cancer negatively affects every one of us every day, directly or indirectly, whether we know it or not (think: butterfly effect). Until cancer is destroyed, we all have work to do.
If every rider recruits just one rider, the growth would be astounding! Funds would pour in like never before and thousands more people would get to bask in the positivity that is Pelotonia weekend. It’s a win-win for everyone! While I haven’t been shy about riding and fundraising (thank you all!!) I have yet to make a real effort to recruit riders.
Today I ask that you consider committing to August’s ride. It can be nerve-wracking for sure, as you’re committing to raise over $1,000 at a minimum and to ride at least 25 miles on ride day. Many people are also apprehensive because they feel like they missed their chance and now they are an outsider. This cannot be further from the truth! Anyone can get involved at any time! In fact, my Peloton, Stefanie’s Team of Hope, is known for adding new riders on the day of the ride! There is no exclusion in Pelotonia, only positive people with one goal on their minds: to end cancer.
The joy and inspiration you’ll get out of committing to Pelotonia starts long before the day of the ride. Every time you get an email notifying you of a donation received, you’ll get a feeling that is hard to describe other than pure positivity. I simply use Facebook, Twitter and my email signature and from those small efforts I’ve hit my fundraising goal every year. But the best part is that many of the donations have come from people I haven’t seen in years! These people went out of their way to donate to this great cause and we have a direct role in helping.
Aside from fundraising, events before the ride are incredibly inspiring. Pelotonia has separate events (Pelotonia on the Patio, etc) and individual pelotons often do as well (mine has many that are sure not to disappoint!) This is all capped off by a one-of-a-kind Opening Ceremony party the night before the ride that is a must attend (free food & drink, free beer, speakers, bands, free ice cream + unlimited positive vibes!)
Riding is not nearly as scary as you may think as everyone is safety oriented and you can ride at your own pace (it’s a ride, not a race!) I started with 25 miles and to this day enjoy the 50 mile route on ride day. Others like to do 100 miles or even the full 180! It’s up to you and there is no wrong way to go – simply getting involved in any way is better than not getting involved!
If you aren’t inspired or at least curious at this point (or for more info, photos, etc), please check out some of my previous Pelotonia posts here.
Once you decide to ride, get excited! You have your choice of teams to join (called pelotons) or you can ride on your own. I recommend riding with a peloton so you can learn from others, share your experience with more people and be part of a team effort. If you’re in the Columbus area your work may already have a peloton you can join. I ask that you consider joining the team that I’m lucky enough to be a part of, Stefanie’s Team of Hope.
Stefanie’s Team of Hope Pelotonia Profile: #1 Grassroots Fundraising Peloton! Out of 277 pelotons, we were ranked 5th in 2015 with only L Brands, Huntington, Team Buckeye and Rockbridge Capital ahead of us…all corporate pelotons! Our six-year total raised is over $1,800,000. Can you imagine being a part of a group of strangers who came together and raised millions of dollars?! It’s real and you can be a part of it!
Getting involved with Pelotonia is one of the best decisions I’ve made and I look forward to the enjoying the ride, the opening ceremonies and the fundraising experience for years to come. Men & women of all ages can get involved and we are happy to have you all. Don’t almost get involved…take a chance. Contact me and you’ll be on your way to a life-changing experience that you will not regret!