Thousands to bike ride through island for annual Obliteride

Drivers urged to be extra cautious.

  • Friday, August 9, 2019 9:33am
  • News

Mercer Island residents should expect to see a lot more orange this weekend.

The annual Obliteride will again ride the Island on Saturday, Aug. 10.

About 2,500 participants will traverse routes — either by foot or on bike — spanning 25-100 miles, with two traveling around the southern, lower edge of Mercer Island.

“We invite people to make signs and come out and cheer on the riders as they pedal through and also we urge drivers to be extra cautious,” said event spokesperson Kerri Kazarba Schneider.

The fundraiser brings millions of dollars to the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, to aid in its goal of eliminating cancer and related diseases.

In its seventh year, the event has raised more than $14.6 million to support lifesaving research, according to the event website. So far in 2019, more than $1.8 million has been raised.

The Seattle-based Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center has interdisciplinary teams of world-renowned scientists and humanitarians, working together to fight cancer and other deadly diseases. The researchers include three Nobel laureates.

For the first time, the Amazon Spheres in Seattle will glow orange on Friday, Aug. 9, in support of the event. The company team will have about 200 people participating in this year’s event.

At about 6:30 a.m., the city estimates residents will encounter bicyclists and are asked to accommodate the event. Riders must follow all traffic laws.

Maps of the two routes winding around the Island (50-mile and 100-mile routes) are available online at

In consideration of how we voice our opinions in the modern world, we’ve closed comments on our websites. We value the opinions of our readers and we encourage you to keep the conversation going.

Please feel free to share your story tips by emailing

To share your opinion for publication, submit a letter through our website Include your name, address and daytime phone number. (We’ll only publish your name and hometown.) We reserve the right to edit letters, but if you keep yours to 300 words or less, we won’t ask you to shorten it.


More in News

Mercer Island Municipal Court is back in session

‘Sneeze guards,’ sanitizer and more are part of safety measures.

Attia to speak at Rotary meeting on Oct. 6

He is a member of StandWithUs.

City Manager Bon begins budget process at meeting

She discusses challenges and positives with council.

Washington State Capitol Building in Olympia. File photo
Surge in consumer spending eases state budget challenges

A jump in tax collections cuts a projected $9 billion shortfall in half, acccording to new forecast.

Recoating and pavement-marking project on tap

Changes come to MI Park and Ride

Thomas returns to Mercer Island

He steps in as interim director for Community Planning and Development

‘People value access to the water’

Islanders provide feedback on docks design.

Residents are on board with emergency preparation

September marked as National Preparedness Month.

High speed rail and hub cities explored in Cascadia Corridor study

A new paper outlines a potential plan for the region.

Most Read