September 23 – Antiques on High Announcement

Antiques on High

Ichabod and the team are thrilled to announce that the folks at Antiques on High are hosting the Brewery District stop during the 5th Annual Pumpkin Pedaler Bicycle Tour! AoH is located on South High Street, near our friends at CD102.5. As the sister brewery to Seventh Son Brewing (hosts in 2016 & 2017), AoH focuses on the production of sour and wild beers as well as hazy hop-forward IPAs and pale ales. Along with the AoH beers there are several wines and craft cocktails offered on draft.

Antiques on High is the final ride stop to be announced, but we have one more surprise to announce very soon! Be sure to register soon to guarantee your ride t-shirt size. The weather folks are saying it will be warm deep into October, so we have out fingers crossed for a wonderful ride!

AoH makes its home in the former antique store located near the corner of Deshler & High.

Enjoy a freshly drawn sour on their rooftop patio, with views of German Village and Downtown!

Stay tuned to your email box and social media - we will be announcing the physical ride route next week! The route will be similar to previous years at the start and end, and will be primarily East - West.

September 5 – Gemüt Biergarten Announcement

Gemüt Biergarten

Ichabod and the team are delighted to announce that Gemüt Biergarten has graciously agreed to host our stop in Olde Towne East for the Fifth Annual Pumpkin Pedaler Bicycle Tour. We've had our eye on Gemüt since the partners first announced their plans to open a brewery and cafe in OTE, and they threw the doors open just in time to be part of this year's festivities! Pull up a stool, grab a pint, and get ready for the next leg of the ride!

Registration continues on the website - sign up today! As in previous years, the number and sizes of t-shirts will be limited, so sign up early to make sure you get what you need!

Gemüt Biergarten opened their doors on Oak Street in Olde Towne East last month.

Featuring traditional German beer and food, Gemüt will satisfy the heartiest of pedalers!

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August 23 – Sweet Carrot Announcement

Sweet Carrot

Good morning Pedalers! Ichabod and the team are delighted to announce that our friends at Sweet Carrot, ride hosts since 2017, are joining us again! Known for their upscale comfort food, and a favorite of Guy Fieri after his visit during the "Breakfast, Brisket and Belly" episode of Diners, Drive-ins, & Dives. Help yourself to anything from a cookie or slice of carrot cake to Ichabod's favorite: brisket over mac and cheese.

Stay tuned for more ride host announcements the next few weeks, and register today!

Sweet Carrot is located on the corner of 5th and Grandview in the former Rife's Market building.

Whatever you're craving, you're in luck! From savory to sweet, they have you covered.

Last week, on Tuesday and Thursday, 400 Square and the Vanderelli Room hosted the third and fourth of our Elemental Workshops. A huge thank you to the artists and volunteers who helped make this a possibility, particularly Alicia Vanderelli who proctored the workshops - and to our Pedalers for helping to fund this round!

Last, but certainly not least - kudos are in order for our friend and two-time guest musician Zayne Harshaw! Zayne was featured on the front page of the Columbus Dispatch where he shared his story. He and his family are dear friends of the Foundation. Zayne is an inspiring young man, and his music is truly a gift to all of us.

August 10 – North Market Announcement

North Market

Ichabod and the team are delighted to announce that our dear friends at the Columbus North Market will be hosting our Market District stop for the fifth year. With over thirty unique vendors, the North Market has something for every rider as they pass through. Be sure to check out Columbus favorites like Hot Chicken Takeover and Jeni's Splendid Ice Cream, who call the North Market home.

Located in the heart of downtown Columbus, the North Market has been open since 1876.

The North Market is a perennial favorite, and has hosted a stop every year of the Pedaler.

This week, our friends at 400 Square and the Vanderelli Room hosted the first two Elemental Workshops, funded by riders and donors like you! These workshops were curated by local artists Dana Lynn Harper and Gavin Bruce, and provided an opportunity for children and young adults with autism and other special needs to explore different mediums and methods. Thank you so much to everyone involved!

Next week, the final two Elemental Workshops will be held on Tuesday and Thursday, curated by Ben Slobodien and Allison Sponhaltz. Stay tuned for more information, and in the meantime - register today!

August 4 – Buns & Brews Announcement

New for 2019: Buns & Brews!

I know we're a say or do late announcing the third host for our Fifth Annual Pumpkin Pedaler, but we were ironing out the final details. Ichabod and the team are beyond thrilled to announce that Buns & Brews will be hosting our North Parsons stop along the route! Buns & Brews has become known for their show-stopping hot dogs and wide variety of draft beer. Originally a Short North staple, they moved to the North Parsons area in 2017. Music lovers: Buns & Brews hosts live music, open mic nights, and karaoke each week!

Buns & Brews features 1/4 Pound All-Beef hot dogs with fresh, amazing toppings.

Calling North Parsons home since 2017, Bus & Brews has become a staple in Columbus.

Images above courtesy of Columbus Navigator.

This week are the first of our Elemental Workshops held in partnership with Alicia Vanderelli, the Vanderelli Room, and 400 Square. Thank you to everyone who has supported the Pumpkin Pedaler Foundation and has made these possible - including YOU! Register today to keep this type of programming going in Central Ohio.

July 26 – BrewDog Franklinton Announcement

BrewDog Franklinton Taproom

The Pumpkin Pedaler team is absolutely delighted to announce that our friends at the BrewDog Franklinton Taproom will be kicking things off for another year! BrewDog was a fresh face last year, and we couldn't be happier to have them back for 2019. Now that you know where Pumpkin Pedaler V will start and finish, stay tuned for the rest of the lineup - more to come!

BrewDog began their US invasion with Columbus, and we were thrilled to include them in 2018!

Their Franklinton Taproom has become an institution in the Central Ohio community.

We are so thrilled to announce the first series of art workshops for children and young adults on the autism spectrum and with other special needs. We have partnered with Alicia Vanderelli of the Vanderelli Room and with 400 Square to provide a total of eight sessions - four geared for children and four geared towards adults. Be sure to check out the Elemental Art Workshop series, taught by four of Central Ohio's finest artists beginning Tuesday, August 6th!

* Please note, times listed are for the Children's Workshops. Adult Workshops are the same dates from Noon until 2pm.

July 19 – Land Grant Announcement

Land-Grant Brewing Company

Ichabod and the Team at the Pumpkin Pedaler Foundation are absolutely thrilled to have our dear friends at Land-Grant Brewing Company join us for the Fifth Annual Pumpkin Pedaler Bicycle Tour! Practically family (and we're both October babies!), and a perennial favorite among our riders Land-Grant has been with us every year, and has hosted the finish line every year except one. Thank you to the folks at Land-Grant for always opening their doors to our event!

Land-Grant's signature paintball-stained logo has provided the backdrop for our ride since 2015.

Land-Grant has been a staple in the Franklinton community, supporting many causes in Central Ohio.

Register directly on our website - for 2019, we are hosting our own registration system, which should reduce costs by almost $400 versus 2018! This allows us to provide more support to our arts programming, curated by Alicia Vanderelli of the Vanderelli Room and 400 Square - more info on that very soon!

Mother Nature’s Trick – Rain Plans

Well, Pedalers, we were extremely fortunate for the first three years, but it looks like the weather is not going to cooperate with us tomorrow. I wanted to reach out to you all since so much of this event takes place outside.

The Ride: Our ride is designed to do three things - raise autism awareness, expose folks to our favorite businesses that they might not otherwise visit, and to be fun. I don't want the weather to change any of this, so I invite you to complete the course however you feel comfortable completing it. Those of you die hard riders that want to complete the route via bicycle, I salute you. We have the route marked, but with the overnight rain it is doubtful all of our route markers will be there. We will have maps including turn by turn directions at the starting line, and each stop will have a map for reference. If the rain has scared you away from riding, I invite you to complete the route another way - by car, by scooter, by helicopter. Our route features some amazing locations and it would be a shame to miss them! Our volunteers will still be set up at all six of the enroute stops, ready to complete your scorecard regardless of your method of transportation. Above all, the safety and enjoyment of our riders has been, and will always be, our top priority.

Rock For Autism: Throughout the course of the day, I have been in constant contact with the musicians, sound technicians, and hosts regarding our Rock For Autism event at Land-Grant. We are working diligently to find a suitable solution to an outdoor show in the rain, but at the moment we do not have one. The roof of the Beer Garden Stage was blown down and damaged in the storms earlier in the week and we simply cannot have the show in the elements.  Our solution may include a change in location and time, so I invite you to check the Facebook event page (click here) for the latest updates. I hope to have more information before today is over.

I appreciate each of you being so understanding - we have more people registered now than we ever have at the end of online registration - so thank you! If you have any questions, don't hesitate to reach out!

- John "Ichabod" Esterly, Founder

Donate to the 2018 Pumpkin Pedaler

Do you live out of state? Can't make the ride on October 28, but want to be a part of the 2018 Pumpkin Pedaler and support our mission to support quality programming to children and young adults on the autism spectrum? Join the ride as a Spectator!

For each $20 Spectator Donation, donors receive a 2018 Pumpkin Pedaler Ride T-shirt in a size of their choosing (Small - 3X-Large) and a goodie bag of other 2018 Pumpkin Pedaler swag. These thank you gifts will ship after the Pumpkin Pedaler in late October. Please select your t-shirt size (or select not to receive a shirt) from the drop-down menu on this page, and click the Buy Now button and you will be directed to PayPal to complete the donation. Thank you for supporting the Pumpkin Pedaler Foundation!


PRESS RELEASE: 2018 Pumpkin Pedaler


“Ride, Then Rock for Autism” – the 4th Annual Pumpkin Pedaler Bicycle Tour

Local non-profit the Pumpkin Pedaler Foundation announces the 2018 Pumpkin Pedaler Bicycle Tour, to be held on Sunday, October 28, 2018 at noon. The ride will feature stops at six of Columbus’s favorite hanguts and include live music from Blue Spectrum at the finish line. Riders are eligible for prizes throughout the event. Proceeds benefit Central Ohio autism programs and services.

Columbus, Ohio – September 17, 2018: The Pumpkin Pedaler Foundation is thrilled to announce their 4th Annual Pumpkin Pedaler Bicycle Tour, to be held on Sunday, October 28, 2018. This event will include a casual 15-mile tour of Central Columbus and features stops at six popular local businesses. Multiple prize packages will be awarded throughout the ride, and net proceeds benefit Central Ohio autism programs and services. Riders can register at or at the starting line on the day of the tour.

The ride will begin at noon on October 28, with check-in and live registration beginning at 11:00am. BrewDog’s Franklinton Taproom (463 W. Town St) will host the registration and starting line. Riders are invited to arrive early, the first wave of cyclists will depart promptly at noon. Stops on the ride will include Bake Me Happy, the North Market, Mikey’s Late Night Slice (4th and Main), Brothers Drake Mead, and Sweet Carrot (Grandview) before the ride concludes at Land-Grant Brewing. Music will begin at 4:30, hosted by Land-Grant at their Beer Garden Stage. Riders will draw a playing card at each stop, and the rider with the best poker hand at the end of the event will win the grand prize, including a new bicycle from State Bicycle Company.

Over the past four years, the Pumpkin Pedaler Foundation has grossed almost $7,000, primarily through their annual signature event. They have provided funding for Autism Speaks and the Community Computer Alliance and have hosted Arts in Autism tables at events throughout Columbus. The Foundation also lobbied successfully for the passage of Ohio House Bill 350 in 2016, which eliminated line-item exclusion for autism insurance coverage. This year, proceeds of the ride will benefit arts programs for children and young adults on the autism spectrum.

For more information, or to register or donate online, please visit:

About the Pumpkin Pedaler Foundation

The Pumpkin Pedaler Foundation was founded in 2015 to promote autism awareness, education, and research through community events in Columbus. Our goal is to engage participants in the conversation and call them to action while providing an entertaining background.

Media Contact:

John Esterly, Founder and Executive Director
(614) 238-8300