COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) — Pelotonia CEO Doug Ulman announced that a man died after a “medical event” during the Columbus ride on Saturday.
According to a Pelotonia media release, Mason Fisher, an Ohio State student and three-time rider, was participating in a 102-mile bicycle ride as a member of Team Buckeye when he experienced medical issues and later was pronounced dead.
Fisher was not only a medical student at OSU, but he also had a personal connection to the cause; loved ones said he was riding in support of his mother.
At a memorial gathering Sunday, Fisher was described as “legendary” by those who knew him.
Family and friends said he died doing what he did best — making a difference in someone’s life.
His loved ones thought the best way to honor his memory is to finish the ride he started Saturday.
As the cyclists took their marks one last time for the weekend, they looked around to see a community all there for the same reason.
“I think he pushed us to do better things we’ve never done before,” said Matthew Marquardt, a classmate of Fisher.
Fisher only had two miles left in his ride Saturday, which is why, on Sunday, those who loved him saw his quest to an end, with Fisher’s cousin riding his bike.
“He really cared a lot about the James and cancer research and patient care, so I’m sure he would’ve loved to see all that,” said classmate Elias Maloof.
Fisher, an aspiring surgeon, was described by friends and family as selfless.
“He put everybody else first,” Maloof said. “During the ride, he was pushing me to get up the hills and to finish and to get to the next rest stop.”
“He was a big personality in the best way you can be, where he very much filled the room up with his love and his caringness and also his energy,” Marquardt said.
Fisher’s loved ones said he was driven with everything he did, so Sunday’s ride was their chance to return that and pray he finds peace in knowing his ride is now complete.
“And so it will be very, very difficult, actually impossible, to replace him in our medical school class,” Marquardt said.
Ulman said a moment of silence was observed during Sunday’s Pelotonia ride.
“We are heartbroken by the loss of Mason, who was selflessly riding in Pelotonia to help cancer patients – a cause he was personally connected to,” said Ohio State University President Kristina Johnson. “The death of a student impacts the entire Buckeye Family and I know that all of us send our deepest expressions of sympathy to his parents, family, and friends.”
Fisher’s Pelotonia fundraising page is still open and has exceeded his goal of $2,000 multiple times.