We are really excited to share this two-minute video with everyone who made Obliteride possible in 2013. This montage captures the spirit, energy, color, and life that was Obliteride weekend. Together we raised $1.9 million in 2013, accomplished personal goals, and created a community for sharing stories and laughing loudly.
Did you hear that Obliteride made history? That’s right! Our inaugural riders raised more money for a local organization than any other bicycling fundraiser in the Northwest. A whopping $1.9 million!
We are as excited as you are to hear the total amount raised at the inaugural Obliteride to accelerate cancer research at Fred Hutch. We are still crunching the numbers—and can’t wait to unveil the final amount at a party on Oct. 22.
I think that sums it up. We’re all connected now. We share a common reference point, a weekend of impact and fun, and a glimpse of where Obliteride is going.
“The Hutch saved my life,” Mike Brookshire told kids at the Hutch School yesterday. Mike is back in Seattle for the first time since receiving a stem cell transplant in 2000 that he says cured his cancer. Mike has wanted to come back for 12 years, and he’s honored to be playing at the Obliteride kick-off celebration at Gas Works Park tonight.
Seattle-area residents love to help out our community. As a city, we’re ranked third among major metropolitan areas in terms of how many of us volunteer in some way. In order for Obliteride to be successful, we rely on our volunteers to prepare for and run the big weekend. More than 600 of you have stepped up to help prepare rider packets, staff rest stops, serve food and beverages, put up signs, and more to ensure everyone has an awesome experience.
Have you seen the excitement of the Tour de France fans lining the course? This year’s Tour is over but we hope to recreate some of that energy and excitement during Obliteride weekend.
Get out your crazy outfit, your face paint and your cow bell! Make a sign and come cheer on Obliteride riders as they spin through your community to end cancer August 10 and 11. Your support will help keep Obliteride riders motivated all the way to the finish line.
Hearing that your son has cancer is shocking news for any mother. Last Halloween, Marian Huhman’s youngest son, Derek, age 26, phoned her at her home in Illinois to tell her he just found out he had leukemia. He had gone to see his primary care doctor earlier that day because he wasn’t feeling well. His symptoms were extreme fatigue and bruising, which Derek did not realize at the time can be signs of leukemia.
Obliteride is just over two weeks away! Hopefully you’re feeling good and are ready for a great experience. Here are some final tips to prepare you for the big ride.
After beating rare cancer, ‘signing up for Obliteride was a no-brainer.’
Keith Winkle will come back to Seattle from Alaska to ride 100 miles in Obliteride because research saved his life.