Obliteride to zip through the city Saturday
August 4, 2014
New: Aug. 4, 1:37 p.m.
Obliteride, a bicycle-riding fundraiser for the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, is once again passing through Sammamish Aug. 10. Organizers hope residents will turn out to support the riders, and warn of potential bike traffic along the parkway.
The event, in its second year, consists of a group of rides of different distances, along with live music and food for the riders and funders.
It runs through the whole weekend, starting with a kick off party, (open only to riders and other fundraisers) at Gas Works Park in Seattle Aug. 8. There are four different ride distances, 25, 50, 100 and 150 miles.
There’s still time to get in on the ride. Riders commit to raising at least $1,000 – a number that goes up along with the distance they’ll ride – and have until Sept. 30 to raise the money. People can even register and ride on the day of the event, after pledging to raise the funds.
Riders taking on the 150-mile route will start in Seattle Aug, 9, take the ferry to Bainbridge Island then ride to overnight in Tacoma before returning to Seattle Aug. 10.
Riders of the other distances will start and finish Aug. 10 from Seattle’s Magnuson Park.
The 100-mile route passes through Sammamish along the East Lake Sammamish Parkway. Event organizers expect about 160 riders to pass through the city, likely between 10 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.
Organizers say they’d love to see people out along the route cheering on these long-distance riders; colorful signs are welcome and encouraged.
Last year’s inaugural Obliteride raised more than $1.9 million for Fred Hutch, organizers say that money has been used to support the center’s cancer research efforts.
For more details, visit www.Obliteride.org.