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This year's Pan Ohio Hope Ride offers top fundraisers a safe relay option

​The 328-mile route from Cleveland to Cincinnati has been divided into 36 segments, with each rider completing an 8- to 12-mile portion alone

Our Pan Ohio Hope Ride is virtual this year, with participants creating their own 328 miles on local trails and roadways throughout the month of July as they raise funds and awareness for our mission.

The 14th annual event will culminate with a volunteer-led, socially distant Relay of Hope ride taking place on the original dates of the four-day cycling tour, July 23-26. The usual 328-mile route from Cleveland to Cincinnati has been divided into 36 segments, with each Relay of Hope cyclist to complete an 8- to 12-mile portion of the route, one at a time, until the last rider finishes in Cincinnati.

It is a long-standing Pan Ohio Hope Ride tradition for cyclists to pin or write the names of those they are riding for on their jerseys to remind themselves of their “why” as they take on the at-times arduous 328-mile journey. This year, all participants, virtual and relayers, were invited to submit names of those they ride for to be included in capsules that will accompany each rider.

“The Relay of Hope is a way for us to keep the spirit of the Pan Ohio Hope Ride alive in a safe way during this time when so much is virtual. These cyclists, which include our top fundraisers, some of our Champions of Hope who have survived cancer, will be carrying more than 1,000 names with them," said Stacy McGrath, Pan Ohio Hope Ride, 2020 chair.

Volunteers from the executive leadership committee will be accompanying the entire relay to provide support. Follow Pan Ohio Hope Ride on Facebook and Twitter to meet each of the Hope Relayers as they complete their leg of the journey. 

The relay begins at 7 a.m. July 23 at John Carroll University in Cleveland, with Rick Barnhart riding in honor of his teammate, Jim Bond Sr., a longtime Pan Ohio Hope Ride champion, top event fundraiser, and cancer survivor. Thursday will see nine legs from Cleveland to Wooster for a total of 11 cyclists riding 85.4 miles.

To date, the 2020 Pan Ohio Hope Ride has raised more than $470,000, bringing the 14-year total to $9.7 million. They are hoping to hit $600,000 this year.

Participants who raise at least $5,000 by July 25 will get to join a Zoom thank you call with our CEO Gary Reedy at 5 p.m. that day.

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