Seattle Rides to Obliterate Cancer

POSTED BY Christina Arbini on Aug 14, 2013

For my dad.

For mom.

For my best friend.

For grandparents, children…even complete strangers.

This past weekend hundreds of cyclists and volunteers—not to mention the countless others who donated money—dedicated their efforts to those who are fighting or have lost their hard-fought battles against cancer at the inaugural Obliteride event in Seattle. Sponsored by Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Obliteride is a fundraising event where 100% of the money raised will go directly toward finding the next big breakthrough that may lead to cancer cures.

The weekend kicked off with a celebration on Friday night at Gas Works Park. Participants enjoyed music and dinner catered by Seattle’s culinary favorite, Tom Douglas.

Early Saturday, cyclists in the 25, 50, 100 and 180-mile rides gathered at Magnuson Park’s official start line. A sea of colorful jerseys (including a grand splash of the Obliteride orange) brightened the otherwise overcast morning.

After all of the cyclists in the 25, 50 and 100-mile rides passed over the finish line, Saturday evening welcomed a second celebration of music, entertainment and camaraderie — this one hosted down at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, which served as the halfway marker for those participating in the 180-mile ride. The entire event wrapped up on Sunday afternoon back in Seattle as the final riders completed their grueling journey.

Not only did Hornall Anderson help sponsor Obliteride, we are so proud of our participants—13 cyclists, numerous volunteers, supporters, and generous donors! And we’re absolutely thrilled that our team Lewis Anderson Obliteriders (we merged our team with Lease Crutcher Lewis) has to date raised over $107,000 for cancer research. If you are interested in supporting our team, donations will still be collected through October 1st. Click here to donate.

Already, Hornall Anderson is looking forward to next year’s Obliteride event, because as perfectly stated on our jerseys — “Effort Never Done.”

*To view more photos, see the album on our Hornall Anderson Facebook page.

WRITTEN BY Christina Arbini

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Aug 14, 2013 at 5:04pm

Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful. What a perfect weekend, the culmination of incredible hard work and passion from so many people. Can't wait for next year!