Health
8:13 am
Tue August 23, 2011

Ohio biking event raises $8.7M for cancer research

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Organizers say an Ohio charity bike ride for cancer research has had its most successful year yet, raising nearly $8.7 million over the weekend.

The three-year-old Pelotonia tour had collected a total of about $12.3 million in its first two years to support cancer work at Ohio State University.

Cyclists raised or committed money to ride one of several routes during the two-day event. The longest was a 180-mile round trip from Columbus to Athens.

The event's website says nearly 5,000 riders participated, beginning Saturday. That's up from nearly 2,300 in 2009, the inaugural race that included cycling star and cancer survivor Lance Armstrong.

There were no reports of problems this year. In 2010, a 57-year-old rider was killed after a pickup truck hit her bicycle.