‘Obliteride’ bike riders will pedal through Burien this Sunday, Aug. 10
Obliteride bike riders will be pedaling through our area – including Maplewild Ave SW, SW 152nd Street, and 4th Ave SW – this Sunday, Aug. 10, in an effort to raise critical funds to help the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center obliterate cancer.
“We’re urging people to come join the fun and cheer us on as we ride through your community,” said Amy Lavin, Obliteride’s executive director. “Even better, come ride with us! There’s still time to sign up. The 25-mile route is a beautiful ride along Lake Washington and is perfect for beginners. Our three other routes offer options for more experienced riders.” People interested in riding or cheering on the riders can find maps of the one and two day routes on our website.
Sadly, cancer touches everyone. Half of all men and one in three women will get cancer in their lifetime. “Together as a community we can fight back,” Lavin said. “We’re so fortunate to have Fred Hutch right here in our backyard. Giving to local research is the best investment you can make because it helps ensure when someone you know gets cancer, they’ll have the best doctors, researchers and care available right here.”
Obliteride is more than just a bike ride. It’s an epic weekend with fun parties and delicious food, including a Tom Douglas salmon dinner. Michael Franti & Spearhead will headline Obliteride’s kickoff party at Gas Works Park on Friday, Aug. 8. The private kickoff party is a thank you to riders who are required to raise at least $1,000 to participate. Three local contestants from NBC’s talent show, “The Voice”, will perform at Magnuson Park on Sunday, Aug. 10. Stephanie Anne Johnson of Tacoma kicks off the afternoon, followed by Austin Jenckes of Duvall, with a closing performance by season one finalist and Tacoma native Vicci Martinez.
In its inaugural year, Obliteride 2013 raised nearly $2 million for lifesaving cancer research at Fred Hutch. With the community’s help, organizers hope to raise even more in 2014. People interested in participating can still sign up to ride or donate. Riders have until Sept. 30, 2014 to fundraise. Thanks to Obliteride’s generous sponsors, including University Village, every dollar raised supports lifesaving cancer research at Fred Hutch.
Obliteride is a community that cares fiercely about ending cancer. We connect over the impact cancer is having on our lives and our intense commitment to find better treatments and ultimately eliminate it. We believe that together we can make a difference. Together we can end cancer. Join the movement to obliterate cancer. It’s fun, focused and full of energy! 100% of every dollar raised goes directly to lifesaving cancer research at Fred Hutch. Obliteride 2014 is Aug. 8-10. Learn more at www.obliteride.org.
Watch for Bike Riders in Burien Aug. 10 On Sunday, Aug.10, dozens of bicycle riders will pedal through Burien in the Obliteride, a 180-mile Tacoma-Seattle event that benefits Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.
More info at http://www.obliteride.org.