Obliteride spins through Western Washington this weekend

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Obliteride spins through Western Washington this weekend

A fun new route makes it easy to join the bike ride to obliterate cancer

SEATTLE – Aug. 5, 2015 – Obliteride riders will cycle through dozens of local communities on Aug. 8 and 9, 2015, raising critical funds to help Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center obliterate cancer.

“We’re urging people to come join the fun and cheer us on,” said Amy Lavin, Obliteride’s executive director. “Even better, come ride with us! There’s still time to sign up.” People interested in participating can still sign up to ride or donate at Obliteride.org.

Obliteride has five routes to choose from, ranging from 10 to 150 miles. Obliteride’s new 10-mile ride around Seattle’s Lake Union is an easy pedal that takes about an hour and needs no training. It’s a controlled course, so it’s a good option for the entire family. Funds raised from this route benefit women’s cancer research at Fred Hutch.

“We know that cancer touches almost everyone. Half of all men and one in three women will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime,” said Dr. Gary Gilliland, president and director of Fred Hutch. “There’s a very real urgency now as we are on the cusp of amazing breakthroughs in cancer research. The effort and generosity of people through events like Obliteride are vital to our work toward cancer cures, and so appreciated.”

Obliteride has raised more than $4 million in just two years for lifesaving cancer research at Fred Hutch. One hundred percent of every dollar raised goes to cancer research at Fred Hutch.

OBLITERIDE WEEKEND HIGHLIGHTS:

The complete weekend schedule is available at Obliteride.org.

Friday, Aug. 7, RIDER KICKOFF PARTY, Gas Works Park, 2101 N. Northlake Way, Seattle

4:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. Celebration with Tom Douglas dinner and live entertainment

Saturday, Aug. 8, Fred Hutch campus, 1100 Fairview Ave. N., Seattle

7:00 a.m. Two-day riders start 150-mile ride

8:30 a.m. Two-day riders disembark the ferry on Bainbridge Island and ride to Tacoma

Sunday, Aug. 9, multiple locations

7:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. – Riders start at Fred Hutch campus

12:30 p.m. - 6 p.m. – Finish line celebration at Gas Works Park; open to the public.

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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! Thanks to generous sponsors like University Village, one hundred percent of every dollar raised goes directly to lifesaving cancer research at Fred Hutch. Learn more at www.obliteride.org.

Contact:
Amy Anderson
Obliteride Media Relations
amya@obliteride.org
206.310.1965