Seattle turns orange in support of Obliteride

City landmarks show support for second annual fund-raising bicycle ride

The top of Two Union Square, one of Seattle's tallest skyscrapers, turns orange after sunset on April 1, 2014. Several of the city's prominent landmarks are being lit with orange lights this week in celebration and support of Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center's Obliteride. The multiday bicycle ride is used to raise awareness and money for the fight against cancer. This year's Obliteride happens Aug 8 - 10, and they are signing up riders now.  (Robert Hood / Fred Hutch)

The Seattle Great Wheel at Pier 57 on Elliott Bay is lit up orange on April 1. The giant Ferris wheel is 175 feet high, and it became the tallest Ferris wheel on the west coast when it opened in June 2012. The wheel has 42 enclosed gondolas. Passengers enjoy at 12-minute ride that extends 40 feet out over the bay. (Lisi Wolf Photography)

The top of one of the Westin Hotel towers glows with orange lights just after sunset on Tuesday night. (Robert Hood / Fred Hutch)

The arches at the Pacific Science Center glow with orange light on April 1, 2014. (Ant May)

The Pacific Science Center arches, located near the Space Needle in Seattle, Wash., take on an orange glow just after sunset on April 1, 2014. A construction crane is also seen on the left. Many of the cranes in Seattle will also be lit up later this week in support of Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center's Obliteride bicycle ride. (Robert Hood / Fred Hutch)

The Seattle skyline is taking on an orange hue this April as several city landmarks and prominent buildings are lit with orange lights in celebration and support of Obliteride, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center’s annual three-day bicycling and fundraising event.

Last year’s ride raised nearly $2 million for cancer research, and organizers hope to best that this coming August.

“It’s been remarkable to see the Puget Sound region get behind this cause and we look forward to even more participation, support and impact in 2014,” said Amy Lavin, Obliteride’s Executive Director.

Some other Seattle features that will go orange throughout April include the PEMCO building, University Village, Union Square, the REI indoor climbing rock, Zymogenetics, the Westin Towers and Skanska’s construction cranes around south Lake Union.

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Robert Hood is a staff photographer at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. A longtime photojournalist, he has also worked at NBC News Digital and Reach him at

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