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Obliteride riders will cycle through parts of Kitsap Aug. 9

SEATTLE — Obliteride riders are coming through Kitsap on Aug. 9, raising money to help Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center obliterate cancer.

“We’re urging people to come join the fun and cheer us on as we ride through your community,” said Amy Lavin, Obliteride’s executive director. “Even better, come ride with us.

Registration is still being accepted for the 25-mile route along Lake Washington, an earlier portion of the ride. The longest route is on the Kitsap Peninsula.

People interested in riding or cheering on the riders can find maps of the one- and two- day routes on the website, www.obliteride.org.

“Together as a community we can fight back,” Lavin said. “We’re so fortunate to have Fred Hutch right here in our backyard. Giving to local research is the best investment you can make because it helps ensure when someone you know gets cancer, they’ll have the best doctors, researchers and care available right here.”

Obliteride is more than a bike ride. It’s a weekend with parties and food, including a Tom Douglas salmon dinner.

Michael Franti & Spearhead will headline Obliteride’s kickoff party at Gas Works Park on Aug. 8. The private kickoff party is a thank you to riders who are required to raise at least $1,000 to participate.

Three local contestants from NBC’s talent show, “The Voice,” will perform at Magnuson Park on Aug. 10. Stephanie Anne Johnson of Tacoma kicks off the afternoon, followed by Austin Jenckes of Duvall, with a closing performance by season one finalist Vicci Martinez of Tacoma.

In its inaugural year, Obliteride 2013 raised nearly $2 million for lifesaving cancer research at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. With the community’s help, organizers hope to raise even more in 2014.

People interested in participating can still sign up to ride or donate at www.obliteride.org. Riders have until Sept. 30 to fundraise.

All money raised goes directly to Fred Hutch.

 

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