The Rider

August 21, 2010

Statement on today’s tragic accident

Filed under: Uncategorized — The Blog @ 7:15 PM

Statement from the Pelotonia staff and family:

The Pelotonia family is saddened that Michelle Kazlausky, one of the 4,000 plus riders in today’s Pelotonia event, was involved in a vehicular accident which has tragically claimed her life.

The safety of all riders is paramount to Pelotonia.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol is leading the accident investigation.

We are deeply saddened by this terrible news. We ask that you keep the Kazlausky family in your thoughts and prayers.



  1. God Bless you Michelle, you have made the ultimate sacrafice in your effort to end cancer. Your life will go on for many people touched by your hardwork. How sad that happened, God Bless you and God comfort your friends and family.

    Comment by Jay Sutherland — August 21, 2010 @ 8:23 PM

  2. I am deeply saddened by the loss of Michelle. She and her family will be in my thoughts and prayers. Although I did not know Michelle, she had to be a fantastic lady to be a part of such a great cause.

    Comment by Heidi — August 21, 2010 @ 8:53 PM

  3. I was so saddened to hear this news. She gave her life in such an important cause. I will be praying for her family and friends.

    Comment by Barb Long — August 21, 2010 @ 9:44 PM

  4. God of the Universe, Michelle was a candle lit by a spark from you. Toward the heavens her bright flame reached, adding light to the world around her. So frail her flame, to be extinguished by a breath from you.
    Though frail, keep us who remain, strong.

    Comment by Robert — August 22, 2010 @ 2:45 AM

  5. Michelle, you will be missed. The community is saddened and will never forget you. God bless you and keep your family and friends close during this difficult time.

    Comment by Rhonda Hamzeh — August 22, 2010 @ 11:27 AM

  6. It took my breath when I heard about the accident. God bless this family. Though the pelotonia did all that they could and made everyone aware that safety was #1…you just never know..I will pray and ask God for comfort. Love from Columbus Grove Ohio…

    Comment by kyle mccluer — August 22, 2010 @ 12:35 PM

  7. Michelle’s death just breaks my heart. Pelotonia is such an uplifting and exciting event, but such a tragic accident really casts a sadness over the weekend.
    I’m glad to have participated in Pelotonia, but my joy is definitely dampened by this loss.
    Blessings on Michelle and condolences to her family.

    Comment by Carol Bessey — August 22, 2010 @ 12:59 PM

  8. I was originally riding for my friends Nana (lung cancer, deceased), my grandpa (Multiple Myeloma, deceased) and my brother aaron (lymphoma, surviver) I have now added another reason to that list of why i ride. Its you Michelle. I rode by you shortly after your accident and was deeply saddened to hear what had happened. You and your family are in my prayers, thank you for riding in order to help fight this disease, i am so very proud of you and am very sad that we never got the opportunity to meet. God Bless.

    Luke Schwarz
    Rider #62667

    Comment by Luke Schwarz — August 22, 2010 @ 5:49 PM

  9. As a volunteer I wonder if I helped her get dinner or a drink on Friday evening, or helped with registration on Saturday in the predawn hours. As a survivor, I thank her for her willingness to train, ride and sacrifice too much to find a cure for this disease. Blessings to her family.

    Comment by Wendy — August 22, 2010 @ 10:16 PM

  10. We find comfort in knowing many lives have been enriched by Michelle,and her memory will live on in the hearts of those she touched and who care.
    May the God of comfort surround the family and cradle them in his loving arms.
    Sheryl Davis-Dear

    Comment by Sheryl Davis-Dear — August 23, 2010 @ 2:14 PM

  11. I can’t even express how saddened I was when I received the emai that listed her name as the victim. I was fortunate enough to have ridden behind her on Saturday and remembered her name because of the amount of time I spent reading the name tag pinned to her seat while drafting her. She mainly rode away from big groups when we were around each other but nor did she seem to need a group to pull her. She was moving at a stay pace each time I saw her and was going strong the last time I saw her before we got into the hills near Amanda. I was secretly looking for her at the 43 mile break so I could joke with her about pulling me along but didn’t have the chance since the groups were split between continuing riders and those who finished at mile 43.

    I couldn’t help but wonder what she had done to prepare so well. She was riding hard -hard enough to pull me back up to my friends who had dropped me. I wanted to thank her for pulling so hard but I felt like it would only break her concentration. She had a look of determination that made me think the only thing she end to hear was, “you made it.” I was amazed to read she was 57. A 57 year old should not be pulling a twenty-something along like she was but she made it look so easy that, in my mind, I was guessing she was 40 at most. I distinctly remembered her because of the determination in the way she was riding and the focus she was showing.

    She became obvious to me…we kept crossing paths after each rest stop and each time she looked the same, focused and determined. I don’t think she ever tired, each time she pulled me she never looked back, never panted…just had her head down and rode. She showed nothing but strength and if there’s one thing I can take from our brief encounter it is to put to put your everything into what it is you are passionate about. Out of the 4,000 riders she stuck out because of her determination to ride those 102 miles. That’s why she wasn’t just another name or face in the crowd that day and I genuinely hope I can take just a little of her spirit with me from day to day.

    So, to keep the unspoken words or thoughts to a minimum, I say now, “Thank you for the help when I was unable to keep up.” You were strong and those that donated to your ride and those that knew you would have been proud to see you ride so strong for something you obviously believed in. You won’t be forgotten.

    Comment by Fellow Rider — August 23, 2010 @ 10:15 PM

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