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First ‘Obliteride’ breaks record for cycling fundraising

In August more than 1,600 cyclists joined together at Magnuson Park for the inaugural Obliteride to raise money and awareness for the fight against cancer. The event raised $1.9 million for cancer research conducted at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. The 2014 event is set for August 8-10. Registration begins in January. - Contributed photo
In August more than 1,600 cyclists joined together at Magnuson Park for the inaugural Obliteride to raise money and awareness for the fight against cancer. The event raised $1.9 million for cancer research conducted at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. The 2014 event is set for August 8-10. Registration begins in January.
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Fifty-nine Islanders were part of the inaugural Obliteride, a bicycling event to raise money and awareness to fund cancer research. The event  was a huge success. In its first year, Obliteride raised more money for a local organization than any other bicycling fundraiser in the Northwest.

The inaugural ride raised $1.9 million that will go directly to lifesaving research at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle.

“We are so impressed with how our community rallied around Obliteride and its commitment to raising money to accelerate lifesaving research at Fred Hutch,” said Amy Lavin, Obliteride’s executive director. “We set out to do something big our first year and people wowed us by donating $1.9 million to Fred Hutch.”

More than 1,600 people participated in the August event, including riders, volunteers and virtual riders. “It was a magical weekend that we hope even more people will get to experience next year,” Lavin said.

For more, go to http://www.obliteride.org/

 

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