September 1, 2018

Pedaling for a cure

Team ScottsMiracle-Gro participates in Pelotonia’s 10th anniversary bike tour.

Over 100 associates from ScottsMiracle-Gro recently participated in Pelotonia.

Pelotonia is an annual bike tour and nonprofit organization based in Columbus, Ohio, that raises money for cancer research at The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute (OSUCCC – James).

The associate group, known as Team ScottsMiracle-Gro, has been raising money for Pelotonia since the beginning of the year. Hundreds of associates from around the world have made donations to this year’s team.

The team has raised over $185,000 for cancer research so far this year and will continue raising funds through October 5. The Company will also help riders reach their fundraising goals by matching a percentage of the funds raised. Since 2010, the team has donated over $1.7 million to Pelotonia. 100% of these funds have gone directly toward funding cancer research.

During the weekend of the cycling event, 16 associates dedicated their time alongside 3,800 volunteers; 13 associates raised awareness with more than 3,000 virtual riders; and 81 associates rode with 8,470 riders through central Ohio. The team also included four cancer survivors.

Riders had the honor of leading the 10th anniversary ride at the front of the starting line. Those who participated in the 25- and 45-mile routes were joined by President of The Ohio State University Michael Drake M.D. and Dr. Raphael Pollock, the new director of The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Together, Team ScottsMiracle-Gro pedaled a combined 5,560 miles during Pelotonia weekend.