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General Questions

What is Your Velocity? Click to see more.

Your Velocity is your chance to support Columbia’s Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center (HICCC) by riding or by participating in your own way on or before October 3, 2021 - Velocity Day. 

What is Velocity Day (October 3, 2021)?

October 3, 2021 is this year’s Velocity Day -  a day to celebrate our commitment to solving cancer, honor friends and loved ones, and say thank you to the dedicated doctors, nurses, and researchers at Columbia’s Cancer Center. These staff have continued to provide compassionate care for patients and their families and have persisted in pioneering research that steadily moves the needle forward in the fight against cancer. Their commitment to solve cancer is unwavering. And so is Velocity’s commitment to them.

Tune into an opening ceremony and challenge yourself to ride or participate your way with an activity of your choice, and continue to connect with the Velocity community virtually throughout the day.

What is the difference between Your Velocity Riders and Your Velocity Your Way?
  • Your Velocity Riders will continue the proud tradition of supporting Columbia by cycling outdoors or indoors either 10, 25, 45, or 62.5 miles on or before Velocity Day. Plus, you’ll get cycling tips, suggested riding routes and challenges throughout the season to keep you motivated and connected to the Velocity riding community.
  • Your Velocity Your Way Participants will choose their own activity to complete on or before Velocity Day. It can be anything: walking, running, hiking, yoga, or even a dance party in your living room!
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. 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.

How can I connect with the Your Velocity community?

There are a few ways to connect with the Your Velocity community.

  1. Join us on Facebook and Instagram! Share your photos of how you’re participating and  @velocity_ride and using #yourvelocity.
  2. Become part of the Your Velocity Strava Club. Here you can track your miles and minutes and see how other Your Velocity participants are staying active as well.
  3. If you train or plan to complete your activity on a Peloton bike make sure to use #velocity and train with other members of the Velocity community.
Is there a way to track my activities I complete for Velocity?

Yes! By joining our Strava Club, you can utilize your smartphone, smartwatch, or other gps-enabled devices to automatically track your activities each day. Logging your activity in Strava will upload your progress to our overall group where you can connect with others and keep each other motivated.

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 this year? Click to see more 
Yes, there is a registration fee of $25 for 2021. 100% of funds raised through Your Velocity are used to fuel the innovation, collaboration and discovery that has put Columbia’s HICCC at the cutting edge of cancer research.
Is there a fundraising minimum associated with registration this year?

No, there are no fundraising minimums for 2021. However, we encourage you to fundraise and we have set a suggested minimum of $250. If you raise $250, you will receive a Velocity face mask and a pair of Velocity socks! Check out all of our fundraising rewards* and levels for 2021 here.

*You must hit the above reward levels by September 17th to receive your rewards before Velocity Day (October 3, 2021). To receive your reward after Velocity Day, you must hit your rewards by October 11, 2021.

Is my gift tax deductible?

Yes, all registration fees and 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 face mask

Leader: Raise $250 and receive a pair of Velocity socks

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 2022 Ride, recognition on our website and a Velocity Jacket.

You must hit the above reward levels by September 17th to receive your rewards before Velocity Day (October 3, 2021). To receive your reward after Velocity Day, you must hit your rewards by October 11, 2021.

Will we still get a Velocity jersey?

No. We will not be offering Velocity cycling jerseys this year; however, we have some new rewards for 2021 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. Choose from one of our signature distances 10, 25, 45, or 62.5 miles.
  • Organize a virtual or outdoor (socially distanced) exercise class for you and your team.
  • Ask a donor to pledge per mile/minute. For each mile or minute you complete prior to Velocity Day, your donor can commit to donating $1. If you run 25 miles, that’s a $25 donation.
  • Replace one car ride once a week with a bike ride.
Where does the money I donate or raise for Your Velocity go?

Money raised for Your Velocity fuels the innovation, collaboration and discovery that has put Columbia’s HICCC at the cutting edge of cancer research.

Funds raised this year will go toward:

  • Expanding access to our multi-disciplinary cancer care, especially in areas of greatest need.
  • Enhancing discovery through a “bench to bedside” pipeline, giving researchers resources to rapidly translate laboratory findings into new patient therapies.
  • Fostering career growth across all phases of training, with an emphasis on diversity, equity and inclusion.
  • Continuing Columbia’s proud legacy of innovative research through the Velocity Fellows Program.

Velocity Fellows

In addition to the areas above, money raised by the Velocity community will be presented as grants to a group of researchers selected as Velocity Fellows, who will use those crucial funds to conduct cancer research at all stages.

The Velocity Fellows receiving grants from Your Velocity 2020 will be announced this summer. Stay tuned to learn about them and their research projects.

Click here to learn more about the 2019 Velocity Fellows.

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

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 1, 2021) will receive special recognition on Velocity Day and complimentary registration to Velocity 2022 (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.

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