Obliteride spins through Montlake on Sunday

20130809-184147.jpgImage and post by Amy Anderson

Have you seen the bright orange Obliteride signs (like the one above) around town? They’re even a few in Montlake announcing the inaugural ride organized by Fred Hutch to obliterate cancer.

The first-ever Obliteride spins through Montlake this Sunday as the 180-mile riders head toward the finish line at Magnuson Park mid-day. No roads will be closed but organizers are asking people to look out for riders in bright orange Obliteride jerseys and cheer them on as they ride to end cancer.

Around 100 cyclists are participating in the 180-mile ride, the longest of the four Obliteride routes which also includes 25-,50- and 100-mile options. On Day 2, Sunday, August 11, the 180-mile Obliteride route starts at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma and finishes in Magnuson Park in North Seattle.

Look for cyclists in Montlake starting around 11 a.m. on Lake Washington Boulevard E., 24th Avenue E., E. Park Dr. East, East Shelby St., and Montlake Boulevard enroute to the Burke Gilman Trail.

Community Festival—More than a Bike Ride…

Obliteride is more than a bike ride, organizers say. It’s a community celebration and gathering around the ultimate goal: ending cancer. In addition to cheering on riders as they pass through Montlake, the community is invited to come to Magnuson Park on Saturday and Sunday to participate in the finish line festivities which include live music, entertainment for all ages, kids’ activities, food and a beer garden.

“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 Amy Anderson, Montlake resident and Obliteride’s PR consultant. “We’re lucky to have such an amazing institution right in our backyard.”
The free finish-line festival includes a full lineup of entertainment, including family-friendly bands. The Nowhere Men, playing music of The Beatles, 80s Invasion, and Kalimba, an Earth, Wind & Fire cover band, are just a few of the groups that will contribute to the celebration. 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 kids’ music, takes the stage at 11:30 a.m. Check out full schedule here.
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 people are encouraged to take a free shuttle from the E1 parking lot at University of Washington.
More information is available at http://www.obliteride.org.