With new routes, a new starting line and — for the first time — an event for walkers, nearly 2,300 bicyclists and hikers rolled and strode into Seattle’s Gas Works Park on Saturday, marking a triumphant finish to this year’s Obliteride, the summertime fundraiser for Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.
In this sixth annual event, participants have so far raised $2.2 million, a total that is expected to rise as riders and walkers continue to gather donations through Sept. 13. Since the event began in 2013, Obliteride has raised more than $14 million for cancer research.
“It feels fantastic,” said Fred Hutch President and Director Dr. Gary Gilliland, who attended his third Obliteride event since taking the helm in 2015.
“The thing that feels different to me this year is this groundswell of support from the young people of this community. They care about the future, about trying to make a difference in the long haul,” he said.