Pelotonia Raises Record Amount

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A final tally shows an Ohio bike ride for cancer research raised $13.1 million this year – more than was collected in the previous two years combined.

The total from the Pelotonia tour was announced Thursday night at a party in Columbus where a giant check was presented. The event's website says people lined up to have their picture taken with the check.

Nearly 3,000 riders participated in the third annual race in August. Cyclists raised or pledged money to ride one of several routes during the two-day event supporting cancer work at Ohio State University.

The riders go from Columbus to Athens.

The Pelotonia tour was launched in 2009 with cycling star and cancer survivor Lance Armstrong among the racers.

About $25.5 million has been raised over three years.