Obliteride cancer fundraiser pedals through Issaquah

August 6, 2013

By Staff

Obliteride, a bike ride to raise money for cancer research, will come through Issaquah Aug. 10. The ride starts in Seattle’s Magnuson Park. There are four different length rides — 25 miles, 50 miles, 100 miles and 180 miles.

The longest ride loops north over Lake Washington before swinging south. Part of the route goes along the East Lake Sammamish Trail, then across state Route 900, before continuing on to Tacoma, where the riders will spend the night. The next day, they’ll return to Magnuson Park in Seattle to end the ride.

“Cancer affects all of us and we want the entire community to feel welcome to come on out to Magnuson Park and cheer on all the riders who have raised money for cancer research at Fred Hutch,” said Obliteride’s executive director Amy Lavin in a statement. “We’re lucky to have such an amazing institution right in our backyard.”

A finish-line festival with a full lineup of entertainment, including family-friendly bands, is planned for Obliteride weekend. Contributing to the celebration are The Nowhere Men, playing music of The Beatles, 80s Invasion and Kalimba, an Earth, Wind & Fire cover band.

Saturday, the Radio Disney Kid’s Zone will keep the little ones entertained. Sunday, the Not-Its!, a popular adult-savvy children’s group playing cool children’s music, takes the stage. Children will also enjoy an 18-foot slide, a hydro blaster, bouncy house, bike-related crafts, a prize wheel and more. Guests can purchase food and beer at the park, with cash and proper photo ID. Parking is limited at Magnuson Park so participants are encouraged to take a free shuttle from the E1 parking lot at University of Washington.

Those interested in riding in Obliteride may still have time to register.

“Nearly anyone can do the 25-mile route,” Lavin said. “There are a few hills but nothing too intimidating, so dust off your bike or borrow a friend’s and join us!”

Community members are invited to get involved by lining the routes and cheering on riders. Bring signs honoring loved ones or friends who have battled cancer or are in the fight today.

Riders will leave Magnuson Park at 7:30 a.m. and most will return between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Aug. 10. The 180-mile riders finish on Sunday after spending the night at University of Puget Sound in Tacoma. Maps of the four routes are available on the Obliteride website.

On the Web

For more information about Obliteride, or to register, to ride or volunteer, go to www.obliteride.org.


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