Medical student dies while cycling in 102-mile race, Ohio officials say
A 27-year-old medical student at Ohio State University has died while riding the 102-mile Pelotonia Bike Race for Cancer Research, officials say.
Mason Fisher was riding the bike in Pelotonia’s annual race for the third time, but at the Saturday Aug. 6 event in Columbus he suffered a “medical event” and later died, Pelotonia’s CEO said, Doug Ulman.
Family members told the Columbus Dispatch that he had a heart condition during the 100th mile of the race.
“Mason was a beloved member of the Buckeye – Spin Doctors Peloton team, as well as The Ohio State University,” Ulman said. “Her generous spirit and dedication to helping others was evident to all and this loss affects the entire Pelotonia community.”
About 6,500 runners took part in the race, which raised more than $13 million for cancer research, the Dispatch reported. Fisher has raised over $18,000 by August 8, with that figure continuing to grow after his death.
It was Fisher’s first time at the event since 2014, he said in a Facebook post.
“For me, the fight against cancer is personal, as it is for so many others,” Fisher said. “Over the past few years, I have seen how cancer diagnoses have affected my family and friends. I’ve seen them fight back and have winning days and losing days.
OSU President Kristina M. Johnson said the university is “heartbroken” by Fisher’s death.
“The death of a student impacts the entire Buckeye family and I know we all send our deepest condolences to his parents, family and friends,” Johnson said in a statement.
Friends, Family Honor Fisher
At a vigil held on Sunday, August 7, friends cycled 2.9 miles — the distance Fisher had left in the race when he collapsed, WBNS reported.
“I mourn the loss suffered by all who were blessed to know him, and for all of his future patients whose lives he has yet to touch,” Fisher’s cousin, Mark Loper, told WBNS. “He set the example to which every physician should aspire. He once again spent his last day serving others.
Matthew Marquardt, a classmate of Fisher, said the aspiring surgeon “pushed us to do better things,” according to WCMH.
“He was a big personality in the best possible way, where he filled the room a lot with his love and caring and also his energy,” Marquardt said.
His family told the Dispatch that he enjoys “golf trips, boating, trivia parties and March Madness festivities.”
“Mason welcomed life and people with open arms,” the family said in an obituary, the Post-Dispatch reported. “He loved everything around him.”