First Seattle Echelon Gran Fondo raises more than $90,000 | Slideshow inside

KINGSTON — Approximately 500 people showed up for the first Seattle Echelon Gran Fondo in Kingston Saturday morning.

The crowd was smaller than originally estimated, but organizer David Cochran said the event was still a success.

Amidst cheers during the morning ceremony, it was announced the Fondo raised more than $90,000 for LIVESTRONG and the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. According to the Fondo website, a total of $94,673 was raised.

"Well definitely be doing this again," Cochran said. "We want (the Fondo) to be an annual event.

The Gran Fondo — which means “big ride” — is the first bicycle ride by the nonprofit PlanetZ/Echelon to hit the streets of Kitsap. Other Fondo rides include Fort Collins Colo., Palo Alto, Calif., Hood River, Ore., Napa, Calif., and Tucson, Ariz.


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