LIVESTRONG Challenge to go through Issaquah, Sammamish

June 16, 2009

By Staff

Look for a lot of bicyclists hitting the streets of Issaquah and Sammamish on Father’s Day.

A portion of the June 21 Lance Armstrong Foundation’s LIVESTRONG Challenge, a cancer fundraising event, includes a 5-kilometer walk and run, 10-, 45-, 70- and 100-mile bike rides.

The walk/run and the 10-mile bike ride are in Seattle; the 45-mile route goes along the southern portion of Lake Washington. The 70-mile course goes through Newcastle, Southeast May Valley Road, Issaquah-Hobart Road and Newport Way before heading to the Cougar Mountain Zoo and Bellevue’s Lakemont neighborhood. The 100-mile route includes a trek along Tiger Mountain Road and a loop around Lake Sammamish.

The event, inspired by cyclist Lance Armstrong, encourages people of all ages and physical abilities to participate and raise money for cancer survivors.

“There are currently 12 million cancer survivors in the United States and 28 million worldwide,” Doug Ulman, president and CEO of the Lance Armstrong Foundation said in a news release. “The lack of post-cancer medical care leaves a staggering number of people without support.”

The event begins at 7 a.m. at the Seattle Center. Food, water and first aid stations will be provided on Issaquah-Hobart Road near the city limits, on Issaquah-Hobart Road south of May Valley Road and near Marymoor Park in Redmond.

The Seattle event is the first of four scheduled around the U.S. Other cities hosting the LIVESTRONG Challenge in 2009 include San Jose, Calif.; Philadelphia and Austin, Texas. Learn more at www.livestrongchallenge.org.

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