There’s a new charity bike ride in town. The Obliteride sets out Saturday morning from Magnuson Park in Seattle to raise funds and awareness in the battle to obliterate cancer.
There’s still time to sign up for the 3 one-day rides or 1 two-day ride. Registration is open until 7:15 a.m. Saturday (that’s just minutes before the ride starts). Participants have until Oct. 1 to fulfill their fund-raising commitments.
The details about fund-raising and the four rides are available online at Obliteride.org.
Proceeds from the event go to support cancer research at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle. Organizers emphasize that 100% of all money raised goes to “the Hutch.”
The goal is to raise $2.5 million. They’re aiming for about 700 riders for this first Obliteride.
The festivities start Friday evening with a kick-off celebration at Gas Works Park from 4 to 9:30 p.m. (riders need to get to bed early). The party for registered riders and guests is being catered by local chef Tom Douglas; Michael Franti & Spearhead will perform beginning at 7:30.
The rides begin 7:30 Saturday morning at Magnuson Park. The one-day options are 25, 50 and 100 miles and conclude later in the day back at the park.
The two-day, 180-mile route takes a big loop around lakes Washington and Sammamish and heads south toward Puyallup for an overnight in dorm rooms at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma. The second day route returns along the western shore of the Puget Sound.