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Your Velocity is your chance to support Columbia’s Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center (HICCC) by riding, walking, running, or doing any activity of your choice on or before October 4, 2020 - Velocity Day. Click to see more.
What is Velocity?
Unfortunately, due to government regulations on large gatherings, and public health concerns, we will not be able to gather and ride our traditional Velocity event this year. That will not prevent us from coming together as one unstoppable force to support Columbia’s Cancer Center, and the patients, doctors, and researchers who need our help to fund COVID-19 recovery and support efforts. Cancer does not stop during a pandemic and neither will we.
What is Velocity Day (October 4, 2020)?
Velocity’s 2020 Ride Day will now be Velocity Day - a day to celebrate our commitment to solving cancer and a day to say thank you to our frontline heroes at the Cancer Center who dedicate their lives to ensure patients and their families stay safe and continue to receive the care they need.
Tune into an opening ceremony and video tribute to our frontline healthcare heroes, challenge yourself to complete an activity of your choice, and continue to connect with the Velocity community virtually throughout the day.
What is the Velocity Core 4?
This year our 4 colors will represent 4 activity challenges for you to complete. On Velocity Day we will come together to celebrate your efforts and our shared commitment to curing cancer and COVID-19.
Our activity challenges include: Riding, Running, Walking, and Engaging. Feel free to choose an activity that works for you. For example, your Riding activity could be riding 62.5, 45, 25 or 10 miles before or on Velocity Day. Or, it could be replacing one car ride once a week with a bike ride. Your running activity could be running on a treadmill once a week, or running outside a mileage of choice before Velocity Day. Click here for more examples. Let us know how you’re doing by tagging @velocity_ride on social and use #yourvelocity.
What if I want to set my own challenge for Velocity this year?
If you want to get creative you are more than welcome to complete a challenge of your choice on your own or with your team! Commit to riding 500 miles (or more!) as a team before Velocity Day. Or, choose an activity that suits you. It’s summer time so track your laps in the pool, or put together a team outdoor exercise class. This year it’s your why. It’s your how. It’s Your Velocity. Don’t forget to share your story on your fundraising page and on social, tagging @velocity_ride and using #yourvelocity to help inspire others to join the campaign or donate.
NEW THIS YEAR! If you train or complete your activity on a peloton bike make sure to add the #velocityride to your profile and train with other members of the Velocity community.
Is there a way to track my activities I complete for Velocity?
Yes! You can join our Velocity Strava Club and log your activity.
Is there an age requirement to participate?
Not this year! Anyone can participate and help raise funds for Columbia’s Cancer Center.
Registration and Fundraising
Is there a registration fee for year? No, there is no registration fee for 2020. We encourage you to make a self-donation if possible to jumpstart your fundraising. Click to see more
100% of funds raised through Your Velocity go towards supporting cancer research through the Velocity Fellows and the HICCC COVID-19 Relief Fund. This fund will provide immediate support to our frontline caregivers and patients.
Is there a fundraising minimum associated with registration this year?
No, there are no fundraising minimums for 2020. However, we encourage you to fundraise and we have set a suggested minimum of $500. If you raise $500, you will receive a 2020 Velocity Active T-Shirt. Check out all of our fundraising rewards* and levels for 2020 here.
*You must achieve the above reward levels by September 18th to receive your rewards before Velocity Day (October 4, 2020). To receive your reward after Velocity Day, you must hit your rewards by October 11, 2020.
Is my gift tax deductible?
Yes, all donations are tax deductible. Funds from Velocity benefit the Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center at Columbia University Irving Medical Center. The official 501(c)3 organizational name is: The Trustees of Columbia University in the City of New York. Our federal employer identification number (EIN) # is 13-5598093.
Are there fundraising rewards?
Yes! We have the following new fundraising rewards:
Pacer: Raise $100 and receive a Velocity buff
Leader: Raise $250 and receive a Velocity hat
Champion: Raise $500 and receive a Velocity Active T-Shirt
Core Club: Raise $1,000 or more and be part of our Core Club. You will receive complimentary registration to our 2021 Ride, recognition on our website and a Velocity Athletic Jacket.
You must achieve the above reward levels by September 18th to receive your rewards before Velocity Day (October 4, 2020). To receive your reward after Velocity Day, you must hit your rewards by October 11, 2020.
Will we still get a Velocity jersey?
No. We will not be offering Velocity cycling jerseys this year; however, we have new rewards for 2020 including apparel from our partner Primal. You can check them out here.
What are some examples of challenges I can take on to raise money prior to Velocity Day?
The sky’s the limit when it comes to challenges you can accomplish before or on Velocity Day! Remember, you can take on challenges on your own or with a team. Here are some examples:
- Commit to riding, running, or walking a certain mileage on your own or as a team before or on Velocity Day.
- Organize a virtual or outdoor (socially distanced) exercise class for you and your team.
- Commit to sending a certain number of cards or notes to frontline healthcare heroes at CUIMC.
- Replace one car ride once a week with a bike ride.
Where does the money I donate or raise for Your Velocity go?
This year, the funds raised through Your Velocity go towards cancer research and supporting the HICCC COVID-19 Relief Fund. This fund will provide immediate support to our frontline caregivers and patients through a variety of important programs, including:
- Mental health support groups for doctors, nurses, and staff members,
- Transportation funds for those hospital staff who can’t take public transportation
- Increased screening and education efforts for early detection
- Telehealth optimization for safer patient appointments, and
- Community support programs which ensure that recently discharged patients receive follow-up support and safety guidelines from medical and nurse practitioner students.
In addition to providing unrestricted funds to the HICCC COVID-19 Relief Fund, Velocity will continue to support our Velocity Fellows - a program that brings crucial funds to early stage cancer research. We're excited to announce that four new Columbia cancer researchers have been awarded Velocity seed funding. Click here to read about their research.
Can I change my personal and/or team fundraising goal once I have set it?
Yes! You can change your personal and/or team fundraising goal anytime by logging into your participant center. There is no penalization for not hitting your goal so set it high and we’ll help you get there.
Matching Gifts & Check Donation Forms
What is a matching gift, and how do I find out if my company has this program? Click to see more
Many employers sponsor matching gift programs and will match any charitable contributions made by their employees. Not sure if your company matches? Visit this link.
If your company offers a matching gift program, please complete your company's specific form (online or paper) and email it to [email protected]. Be sure to include your name and “Velocity: Columbia’s Ride to End Cancer”.
How do I handle check donations?
Please fill out an offline donation form to include with check donations, and send to:
Velocity: Columbia’s Ride to End Cancer
Columbia University Irving Medical Center
Attention: Nicole Sumner
516 West 168th Street, 5th Floor
New York, NY 10032
If you have any questions, please contact Nicole Sumner at 646-784-5295.
How do I donate by wire?
To donate by wire transfer, please contact Nicole Sumner at [email protected] or 646-784-5295.
What if people want to give me cash?
We do not accept cash. If you receive a cash donation, we suggest that you take the cash and donate the amount online using your own credit or debit card. You can write in the name of the donor to provide them recognition online. Alternatively, you can write a personal check and mail it in using the instructions above.
Can I still form a team this year? Click to see more.
Yes. We encourage you to form a team! Teams are a great way to keep everyone challenged and inspired throughout the season. You can take on an activity challenge as a team or you can all complete your own individual challenges and fundraise as a team.
Are there team rewards this year?
Yes. The team with the highest fundraising total (by October 2, 2020) will receive special recognition on Velocity Day and complimentary registration to the 2021 Ride (fundraising minimums will still apply).
Can I start a team with my company?
Yes. Companies can register and start a team. Your team can take on a challenge together or take on individual challenges. All of the fundraising your team members do will be counted towards your team fundraising goal.
I know a company that would be interested in sponsoring Your Velocity, who should I direct them to? Click to see more.