GAMBIER — Riding through the finish arch at Kenyon College was either an exhilarating, inspiring, or emotional release for Pelotonia riders and supporters Saturday.
Individuals and teams, or pelotons, rode because they are biking enthusiasts and riding for a cause was rewarding, or they are cancer survivors, or they wanted to ride because they are passionate about supporting cancer research to find a cure. And for many of them, it was personal.
It is very personal for survivor’s like Jim Streby of Mount Vernon who is currently undergoing treatment for cancer and is also an avid biker. Pelotonia was his first ride in some time and the News will continue more of his story tomorrow.
This was the fourth year for Pelotonia but the first time the Columbus-based bike tour for cancer research took a northern route and entered Knox County to reach the Kenyon College destination.
Jonathan Mugler rode with The Limited and rode into the Kenyon stop with three friends. This was Mugler’s third Pelotonia ride.
Mugler turned 40 three days before the event and was surprised by the arrival of his friends Larry Putman from Colorado and Greg Savage from Colorado.
Putman lost his mother to breast cancer and this was his first Pelotonia ride. Terry Kramer, another friend riding with him, has an aunt who was recently diagnosed with cancer.
Mugler’s wife Angela lost her father, Joe Brunetto, four years ago to cancer. Angela and their three children were waiting at the finish to welcome them.
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