The Garrett Wonders Memorial Fund is a non-profit organization (501c3) named after a prominent young cyclist who was killed, by a careless driver, on a training ride for the 2004 US Olympic Cycling Trials in 2004. Garrett Wonders was 1997 graduate of Warren G. Harding High School. He earned both his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Engineering Physics and Nuclear Engineering from The Ohio State University, and he was a Lieutenant J.G. in the United States Navy, assigned as an instructor to the Naval Nuclear Power Training Command in Charleston, South Carolina. He raced on the Ohio State Cycling Team, Tri Tech, and competed in Collegiate Nationals in 2001. While in Charleston, he raced for Charleston Velo, Carolina Volkswagen, and Hincapie Sportswear/Bianchi Team. In 2003, Garrett raced for the United States Elite Military Cycling Team and competed in the US Elite Nationals and German stage races.
Garrett loved cycling, and he loved to share the joy of his sport with others. Every year we hold the Garrett Wonders Birthday Bike Ride as our main fundraiser and to keep his mission alive. This will be the 16th year for the Garrett’s Ride. All proceeds from our bike ride go to the Memorial Fund. The Memorial Fund supports two scholarships for cyclists at Ohio State and one scholarship for a graduating band member at Warren G. Harding, as well as donations to cycling programs. The scholarships are awarded annually, and so far we have given over $55,000 in scholarships.