The inaugural Obliteride started something for the community: a weekend of impact and fun which created a common reference point of what’s possible when the community comes together to support local cancer research. “We are all connected now,” said Amy Lavin, executive director of Obliteride. “We may have each finished separately, but together we share that sense of accomplishment and commitment to keep raising money to fund cancer research at Fred Hutch.”
A total of 100 teams made up of 691 registered riders, 650 volunteers and 179 virtual riders helped raise more than $1.45 million to date. That number is anticipated to climb as riders have until October 1 to meet their fundraising commitment. Thanks to major sponsors including University Village, The Sloan Foundation, The Ellison Foundation, Schultz Family Foundation, Sinegal Family Foundation and Starbucks, 100 percent of every dollar raised will go directly to cancer research at Fred Hutch.
Riders were treated to a first-class, fully supported event from start to finish. A kick-off celebration at Gas Works Park in Seattle on Friday, August 9th jump started the weekend followed by the start of the ride on Saturday, August 10th from Seattle's Magnuson Park.
“The buzz at the kick-off celebration was electric. Tom Douglas was serving guests, many people were packed into the Beer Garden, and other people were bouncing all over as they danced to Michael Franti & Spearhead. The night was truly energized, only to be followed by a morning equally alive with nearly 700 people on their bikes in the chute as the sun rose. There were many magical moments,” Lavin said.
Experience Obliteride through pictures in the event photo gallery.
Save the date for Obliteride 2014 on August 9. Learn more about Obliteride at OBLITERIDE.ORG