A record number of riders pedal in Fred Hutch’s Obliteride this weekend

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A record number of riders pedal in Fred Hutch’s Obliteride this weekend

There’s still time to sign up for the ride to end cancer

Obliteride 2015 riders at the starting line

Obliteride 2015 riders at the start of the 50-mile course.

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SEATTLE — Aug. 10, 2016 — More than 1,400 riders are participating in Obliteride this weekend. They’re spinning their wheels to raise critical funds to help Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center obliterate cancer.

“We’re excited so many people have joined Obliteride this year,” said Amy Lavin, Obliteride’s executive director. “It shows people are embracing the Hutch, recognizing there’s a real urgency now as scientists are on the verge of many cancer cures.”

Since it started, Obliteride has raised nearly $8 million for lifesaving cancer research at Fred Hutch; 100 percent of every dollar raised goes to the Hutch.

Obliteride is much more than a bike ride. It’s a weekend filled with parties, live entertainment and delicious food. All riders are treated to a kickoff party at Gas Works Park on Friday, Aug. 12, which includes a Tom Douglas salmon dinner. The Friday kickoff party is a private event to thank the riders who are required to raise at least $500 to participate.

To be part of Obliteride this weekend, sign up to ride or volunteer at www.obliteride.org.

Obliteride 2015 25-mile start

Participants in the 2015 Obliteride 25-mile race prepare to pedal.

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OBLITERIDE WEEKEND HIGHLIGHTS AND PHOTO OPS:

The complete weekend schedule is available at Obliteride.org.

Friday, Aug. 12: RIDER KICKOFF PARTY, Gas Works Park, 2101 N. Northlake Way, Seattle

4-10 p.m. Celebration with Tom Douglas dinner and live entertainment.

Saturday, Aug. 13: RIDE STARTS, Fred Hutch campus, 1100 Fairview Ave. N., Seattle

7 a.m. – 150-, 100- and 85-mile route riders pedal out of Fred Hutch campus.

7:55 a.m. – Riders depart on the ferry to Bainbridge Island and pedal to Tacoma.

Sunday, Aug. 14: RIDE AND CELEBRATION

8-10:30 a.m. – 50-, 25- and 10-mile riders start at Fred Hutch campus.

10:30 a.m.-5 p.m. – Finish line celebration at Gas Works Park; open to the public.

ABOUT OBLITERIDE

Obliteride is maniacally focused on FUNding cancer research at Fred Hutch and ultimately, ending cancer. We ride together annually, focusing on possibilities, embracing our fears and celebrating discovery. It’s fun, focused and full of energy! Learn more at www.obliteride.org.

CONTACT
Kerri Kazarba Schneider
Obliteride Media Relations
206.288.3332
kerri@obliteride.org