This weekend, hundreds of bikers will ride 23 miles to Canal Winchester, while others will trek 180 miles to Athens and back.

This weekend, hundreds of bikers will ride 23 miles to Canal Winchester, while others will trek 180 miles to Athens and back.

All participating in the third annual Pelotonia are pedaling toward one goal: ending cancer. A ride and not a race, Pelotonia has ignited local fundraising efforts, galvanized a community and urged hundreds to hop on a bike to battle a disease.

"We try to create an extraordinary experience," said Kelley Griesmer, the ride's chief operating officer. "We pride ourselves on being a grassroots initiative. We want members of the community to be involved, and it grows from there."

As of Monday morning, 4,865 riders had raised more than $7.3 million for Ohio State University's Comprehensive Cancer Center. Corporate sponsors cover operating expenses, letting every dollar raised by riders benefit research.

"The fundraising is what we're about," she explained. "The ride is really just the reward and the celebration of what we have accomplished."

Online registration ended Tuesday, though riders can sign up by calling or emailing organizers.

If you're not riding this year, you can still support the event as a fan.

Below are three places where you can catch some of the action. Spectators should be in place by 7 a.m. to avoid adding extra traffic near the route. The ride should be through the urban core by roughly 9:30 a.m.

Schottenstein Center. Riders will stage just north at Chemical Abstracts Service, so this spot, 555 Borror Dr. on Campus, will be a good place to witness the ride in full force. Riders will be biking south on Olentangy River Road.

Nationwide Arena. By the time they hit the arena, 200 W. Nationwide Blvd. in the Arena District, faster riders will be out in front. Riders will be biking south on Neil Avenue.

Ohio Statehouse. The shady seats around this government building, 1 Capitol Square in the heart of Downtown, will provide a great place to watch the ride really open up. Riders will be heading south on South High Street.

Need more places to bike, hike, camp, paddle or fish? Check the Ohio Adventure Map at columbusalive.com/venture.