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Rider Questions

What are the routes?

Obliteride weekend will feature multiple routes:

Participants on the 25-mile, 50-mile, 100-mile start at Fred Hutch and end at Gas Works Park in Seattle on Sunday, Aug. 13. Participants on the Two Day route, start on Saturday, Aug. 12 at Fred Hutch, head to Bainbridge Island, and South to downtown Tacoma. The two day riders stay overnight and return to Gas Works Park on Sunday, Aug. 13. 

View the 25-mile route.
View the 50-mile route.
View the 100-mile route.
View the Two Day route.

How old do I need to be to participate in Obliteride?
  • You must be 18+ to ride the 25, 50, 100, and Two Day.
  • You must be 18+ to be a Volunteer.
  • You can be any age to be a Virtual Rider.
Can I ride a recumbent or tandem bicycle?
Yes, recumbent bicycles and tandems* are welcome.

*NOTE: Recumbent bicycles are ONLY allowed on the 25-mile route. Tandem bicycles with two riders will be counted as two separate riders and each rider must pay separate registration fees and separate fundraising commitments. Tandem participants must be 18+ years old for all routes.
Can I ride with a bicycle trailer, handlebar bicycle seat or with my pet?
No. Bicycle trailers and handlebar bicycle seats are not allowed. Pets are not allowed to accompany a rider. 
How do I know which route is best for me?
All routes are achievable with the proper amount of training and physical preparation and we encourage you to match this with your ability and determination. You may want to consider consulting a health professional to help determine the best route for you. You may also want to reference the general time guidelines listed on each route's page. 

Compare all the routes>>
Where can I find training tips so I’m prepared to tackle my route?
We’ve got you covered. We’ll provide training tips along the way via our blog, Facebook page and our Training page to help you achieve your goal. We also encourage you to join a team and do regular training rides or connect with other participants on our Facebook page and train together. Organizations, like Cascade Bicycle Club, offer riding programs and classes to help bicyclists develop their riding skills. 

What kind of support is provided on the route?
We’ll have rest stops about every 12 -20 miles where you can hydrate, rest, grab a snack or seek mechanical or medical support. We’ll also have SAG (Support And Gear) vehicles on course if you need help and/or a lift back to home base for any reason.
What do I need to know about rider safety and rules of the road?
You can find detailed rules of the road and rider safety tips on our Safety page.
Can I change my route?
Yes, you can change your route by sending an email to INFO@OBLITERIDE.ORG or a letter to Obliteride updating your route and corresponding fundraising commitment by July 14, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. You can’t reduce your fundraising commitment after July 14, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. even if you do not ride or cannot ride the route for which you are registered for any reason, including illness or injury that may limit or prevent your participation. Even if you change your route or decrease your fundraising commitment before 11:59 p.m. on July 14, 2017, any funds donated by you or others to Fred Hutch to satisfy your fundraising commitment are not refundable. You may increase your fundraising commitment at any time prior to 11:59 p.m. on September 15, 2017.
Is there a registration fee and if so, what do I get?
Registration for adults (18+) is $100 for the 25-mile, 50-mile, and 100-mile routes and $200 for the Two-day route. Your registration fee is not tax deductible and helps cover the cost for the Friday kickoff celebration, the Finish Line celebration, an official Obliteride jersey and much more!

Does my rider registration fee count toward my fundraising commitment?
No. Together with help from our generous sponsors, your registration fee ensures that every dollar you raise as part of your fundraising commitment goes directly to support cancer research at Fred Hutch.
Is my registration fee refundable if I’m unable to ride for any reason?
No. Your registration fee is non-transferable and non-refundable.
What is the minimum fundraising commitment for my route?
25-mile route = $500
50-mile route = $1,000
100-mile route = $1,000
Two-day route = $1,000

Over achievement is encouraged. You can enter any fundraising goal you wish, but you are only required to meet your minimum fundraising commitment. 

How do I get started on my fundraising?
We’ve compiled a few tips and tricks to help you get started and finished; click here to begin! The first step is completing your participant profile by uploading a photo and then telling all your friends and family about your commitment to Obliteride.
What is the deadline to hit my fundraising commitment?
Friday, September 15, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. This means that for nearly a month after Obliteride, you can share your amazing experience with friends and family. Many of these people will choose to donate again after they see what you’ve accomplished. It also gives you more time to meet your goal.
What happens if I don’t meet my fundraising commitment by the fundraising deadline?
We will charge your credit card on file for the remaining balance of your fundraising commitment as of September 15, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. For example, if your fundraising commitment is $1,000 and you have raised $750, we will charge your credit card for $250. 

Every rider with a fundraising minimum is required to complete a pledge form prior to the ride (or have met their minimum). The form will indicate the credit card number to charge should there be a remaining balance after September 15, 2017. 
Do I need a credit card to participate?
Yes for online registration. Your credit card is required at registration to pay your non-refundable registration fee. You also need to complete a pledge form indicating the credit card to be charged for your fundraising commitment should you not meet your fundraising commitment. As you fundraise, you reduce the amount remaining on your fundraising commitment. If you are unable to fundraise the full amount , any remaining balance will be charged to your credit card on file after the fundraising deadline of September 15, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. You can also send us a check or drop off cash to pay your balances. 
If I cancel my participation, what happens to my donations?
Any funds donated by you or others to satisfy your fundraising commitment are not refundable and non transferrable. All donations will stay with Fred Hutch to fund and fuel breakthrough cancer research even if you cancel before 11:59 p.m. on July 14, 2017.
Can I rollover my registration fee and fundraising commitment to next year if my plans change/I get injured?
No. Please refer to the information above, or contact info@obliteride.org for more information.
Is my registration and fundraising commitment transferrable?
No, neither your registration fee nor amounts raised toward your fundraising commitment are transferrable even if you do not or cannot ride in Obliteride for any reason, and you may not allow another person to ride in Obliteride in your place under any circumstances. If you are unable to participate in Obliteride, you can convert your status by updating your participation type to VIRTUAL RIDER by emailing INFO@OBLITERIDE.ORG or sending a letter to the Obliteride office by Wednesday, July 14, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. After 11:59 p.m. on July 14, 2017, you may not cancel or decrease your fundraising commitment.
Need help or have questions about registering?
We're happy to help! Contact us at 206.667.RIDE or info@obliteride.org.
What time does the ride start?
New this year, we've added waves to the one day routes to  improve rider safety. Please plan accordingly to ensure you're in the chute 20 minutes prior to your start time. Wave assignments will be emailed directly to participants in early August. Regretfully we are unable to accommodate wave requests and will do our very best to ensure all teammates are riding together within the same wave.

Download the wave start time assignments.

Route Date Start Time
25-mile - Wave #1 Sunday, Aug. 13 10 a.m.
25-mile - Wave #2 Sunday, Aug. 13 10:30 a.m.
50-mile - Wave #1 Sunday, Aug. 13 8:30 a.m.
50-mile - Wave #2 Sunday, Aug. 13 9 a.m.
100-mile - Wave #1 Sunday, Aug. 13 7 a.m.
100-mile - Wave #2 Sunday, Aug. 13 7:30 a.m.
Two-day (Day 1) Saturday, Aug. 12 7 a.m.
Two-day (Day 2) Sunday, Aug. 13 7:30 a.m.

What is the total elevation profile for each route?
Route Total Elevation

Elevation data provided by Ride with GPS and is subject to change.
Do I have to commit to being a Pacesetter upon registration?
No. You are responsible for raising the minimum fundraising commitment. That said, once you reach your minimum (which we know you will), you can change your fundraising goal at any point by logging into your Participant Center. You will automatically receive Pacesetter benefits once you reach $2,000. And even better, if you hit $5,000 you'll be part of the High 5 Club. Lots of incentives along the way to raise as much as you can for Fred Hutch!
How fast do I need to be?
Obliteride is a ride, not a race and safety is our number one priority.

If riding the 100-mile route, you'll need to be able to get to milepost 34 by 11:00 a.m. to ride the full 100mi course.
Who can attend the kickoff party on Friday, August 11?
All registered adult riders, plus one guest, are invited to attend the kickoff party on Friday, August 11 for FREE. Adult registered riders also have the opportunity to pre-purchase additional tickets (at $100 each) for the kickoff party prior to Obliteride weekend. Additional tickets must by purchased by July 30, 2017.

Virtual riders and volunteers that raise $500 by August 7, 2017 can attend the kickoff party with one guest. 
Are minors/kids invited to the Friday night kickoff party?
Minors are welcome to join as the guest of a registered adult rider. Each registered adult rider is invited to bring one guest and has the opportunity to purchase two additional tickets at $100 each or $50 each for kids 13 and under. Additional tickets will be available to purchase in May 2017; adult riders will receive email communications with options to purchase these tickets.

Anyone under the age of 21 will be required to have a parent or legal guardian with them at all times and must have their parent or legal guardian sign a waiver prior to entrance into the Hospitality Areas.
What if I want to ride, but can't cover the registration fee?
Apply for the Obliteride Scholarship fund. A scholarship fund is available for adult riders who may be unable to cover the registration fee, but will commit to the fundraising minimums. If you’re interested in applying for a scholarship, please email info@obliteride.org. Please put ‘Scholarship request’ in the subject line and then briefly describe your inspiration for riding and your need for support. 
Are you in need of a bike for Obliteride weekend?
We are currently sold out of loaner bikes for Obliteride 2017.

If so, we have you covered thanks to our awesome partner Bicycle Adventures.
Bicycle Adventures is providing 50 flat bar bikes, for riders on the 25 and 50 mi routes.
When you register, note that you want to borrow a bike for the ride and include your height and inseam so we can match you up with a bike.
The bike will be available for you onsite at the Start Line; Bicycle Adventures will check the bike out to you, have you sign a form and help you adjust it to fit you best. Upon the completion of your ride, you can simply return the bike to the Bicycle Adventures tent, located near the Finish Line. 
Is there a deadline to register?

Online registration for riders closes at midnight on August 4. Onsite registration will be available at the Start Line.

Donation Questions

How do I donate to Obliteride to support cancer research?
Donate online with your credit card. Alternatively, you can mail in donations (cash, check or credit card) using our Offline donation form. Please make checks payable to Fred Hutch/Obliteride. If you are donating to a specific participant (rider, virtual rider or volunteer), be sure to include the participant and team name to whom you are donating on the check FOR/memo line.
How do I donate online?
You can donate now to a team or individual or you can make a general donation to Obliteride. All donations support lifesaving cancer research at Fred Hutch.
How do I donate via check/where do I send checks from my donors?
Complete the Offline donation form and mail your check to the address below, payable to Fred Hutch/Obliteride. If you receive a check that is made out to you, you can endorse the check on the back to Fred Hutch/Obliteride. Please do not deposit the check into your personal account and write a new check or pay via credit card. We must have the original check endorsed to Fred Hutch/Obliteride for the donor to receive a tax receipt. Be sure to include the participant or team name to whom you are donating on the check FOR/memo line:

c/o Fred Hutch
1100 Fairview Ave. J5-200
Seattle, WA 98109
What do I do if a donor gives me cash?
Cash donations can only be accepted in-person at the Obliteride office from the actual donor if a tax acknowledgement is required. We cannot guarantee the receipt of any cash donations sent via mail.  If you receive cash and have the name and address of the donor, we will send a thank you and tax acknowledgement. If you choose to deposit the cash donation and write us a check or make a donation online, we CANNNOT send the donor a tax acknowledgement. 

For your convenience, an Offline donation tracking sheet is available. 
Is Obliteride/Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center a 501(c)3 nonprofit institution?
Yes. Obliteride is an event put on by Fred Hutch, a nonprofit corporation incorporated in the state of Washington and accepting donations from all 50 states. Our tax ID number is 23-7156071.
Is my donation tax-deductible?
Yes, all donations are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law. Our tax ID number is 23-7156071.
Will I receive a tax receipt?
Yes, all donations made payable to and received by Obliteride will receive an acknowledgement for tax purposes. If you donate online you will receive your tax receipt instantly via email – please keep it for your records. If you donate via check, the name and address appearing on the check will receive a thank you and tax acknowledgment. If you donate cash and have the name and address of the donor, we will send a thank you and tax acknowledgement. If a donation is not received directly to Obliteride by the donor, we cannot provide a tax acknowledgement.

Donations received via check or cash will be acknowledged via mail no later than January 31, 2018.
How do I donate to a specific Obliteride participant?
Visit our Donate page and use the participant search function by entering the participant’s first and last names and clicking the ‘search’ button. Scroll down to view results.
How do I make a general donation to Obliteride?
You can donate online with your credit card or you can mail in your donation by completing an Offline donation form to the Obliteride office.
How do I enter cash/check donations I’ve received on my Participant Page?
Any donations you receive offline (e.g., checks and cash) need to be sent or delivered to the Obliteride event office. Click here to easily track your offline donations; please complete and return this tracking form with your donations. Offline donations typically take five business days from the date received to appear on your participant page. Contact us if you have any questions.
Do you accept matching gifts?
Definitely! Simply ask your HR rep or your employers matching gifts rep to submit the paperwork to Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. Be sure to note the matching gift is for Obliteride. Once we receive the matching gift, we’ll post to your Participant Page. Please note the time it takes to receive the actual gift can vary depending on your company. Some companies will send the money within a couple weeks of your request, while others take months to send the money. 

Check to see if your company has a matching gift program by clicking here.

Matching gifts are an easy way to increase your fundraising. Be sure to encourage your donors to submit matching gift requests to leverage your fundraising.

NOTE: If your company does not match gifts until after the fundraising deadline (11:59 p.m. on September 15, 2017), we require proof of the matching gift.
Need help or have questions about how to make donations to Obliteride?
We're happy to help! Contact us at 206.667.RIDE or info@obliteride.org.
Does my gift to a team donation count toward an individual team member?
Team donations benefit the overall team. Donations made to a team can be moved to an individual participant as long as the team captain emails us with this request by September 15, 2017.  Contact us if you have any questions.
What if someone from a foreign country wants to donate to my ride?
They can simply donate by credit card to your personal fundraising page and just enter the amount in american dollars. Please encourage any Canadian friends to donate online instead of by check.

Team Questions

How many people do we need to sign up as a team?
Just five (5) or more participants constitute a team. Whether you’re all riders (of any distance), Virtual Riders, volunteers or a combo of all three, you’re a group of people sharing a common interest, riding in common honor, or a group of friends just out to have a great time together. It’s all good.
How do I start a team?
Gather four friends who will ride, volunteer or fundraise as a Virtual Rider. Then, simply sign up to start a team. 

If you decide you want to create a team after you are already registered as an individual, email info@obliteride.org for assistance.
Can our team create a custom jersey?
Yep! You can work with our jersey partner, Voler, or any other jersey maker you choose. To place an order for custom team apparel, please contact Voler at sales@voler.com or 800.488.6537. A minimum order of 15 jerseys applies to all team orders. You can even deck out your custom jersey with the Obliteride mark and message. Voler has all of our logos so just let them know that you want to add Obliteride to your jersey. Or, if you work with another vendor, just shoot us an email at info@obliteride.org and we’ll send over brand guidelines so you can rock the Obliteride look. Contact Voler sooner rather than later to reserve a ship window and ensure you are guaranteed to receive your jerseys prior to ride weekend.

Download these easy instructions today to get moving on your custom team jersey.

Need help or have questions about team registration for Obliteride?
We're happy to help! Contact us at 206.667.RIDE or info@obliteride.org.
I signed up as an individual, but now want to join a team, how do I do so?
Awesome! Login to your Participant Center and adjust your team status (find the orange button located on the right side of the homepage of your Participant Center). Contact us at info@obliteride.org or 206.667.RIDE (7433) if you have any questions.
Can donations be made to my team?
You bet! Team donations are accepted. In order for team-designated donations to count toward an individual team member’s fundraising goal, the team captain must email info@obliteride.org by September 15, 2017. Contact us if you have any questions.
Can team donations be transferred to individual team members who haven't met their fundraising minimum?
Yes! Team donations count for the overall team. Team donations can be transferred to individual team members if an email is sent to info@obliteride.org by the team captain prior to 11:59 p.m. on September 15, 2017.
Can a Virtual Rider or volunteer be on my team, even though I'm riding?
Of course! All virtual riders, riders and volunteers are encouraged to form a team. We welcome you to mix it up and join or start a team! Let's get everyone involved in the fight to end cancer.
Can team members ride different routes?
Absolutely! Teams can consist of riders from a variety of routes; you can even have a Virtual Rider or Volunteer on your team.
Can I transfer my donations to another team member?
No, donations made to an individual team member can ONLY go toward that designated team member and cannot be transferred to anyone else. However, donations made to the overall team can be transferred to individuals with written authorization from the team captain.
Can we fundraise as a team, or does everyone need to do his/her own fundraising?
Each participating rider must meet his/her fundraising minimum by 11:59 p.m. on September 15, 2017. Your team can choose to fundraise as a team to supplement individual fundraising efforts or to work together toward a common goal. If your team chooses to fundraise as a team to cover each individual’s fundraising requirement, then direct all donors to donate on the team page. The funds collected in the Team “account” can then be allocated to individuals, with team captain authorization.

Volunteer Questions

What types of volunteer opportunities are there for Obliteride?
We have a wide variety of volunteer positions available. When registering, you can choose from several different job categories that include: 
  • Pre-event setup
  • Registration
  • Onsite support
  • Food & Beverage Team
  • Medical Support
  • Course Crew
  • Wherever the Need is Greatest
What if I’m out of town for Obliteride but really want to help?
We’ll need lots of help leading up to Obliteride weekend. Email volunteer@obliteride.org and we'll connect you with pre-event volunteer opportunities.
How do I register to volunteer for Obliteride?
Online registration is now closed. If you are still interested, please contact volunteer@obliteride.org.  
Where along the route can I help out?
Our routes cover the entire Seattle/Tacoma region, as well as go out on the Kitsap County, and we’ll need volunteers throughout. Preview our routes here and then visit the Volunteer page to register to volunteer along the routes.
When will I receive confirmation of my volunteer job, date, time and location?
You will receive an email automatically after completing registration that will include the date/time/job/location you registed for. We will do our very best to match you up to your preferences, but are not able to guarantee placement.

Detailed information, with your exact job, will be sent closer to the event (be on the lookout for details in August).
What if my plans change and I need to switch jobs or cancel?
The success of the ride depends on our volunteers. It’s important that once you sign up you commit to your job. We understand things happen, so please notify us via email at volunteer@obliteride.org as soon as possible if you are unable to do your volunteer job for any reason.
I was recruited by a Volunteer Chair. Do I need to register for my volunteer shift online?
You must personally register via the Volunteer page to confirm your volunteer role. You are not considered a registered volunteer until you have completed the online form. You will receive a confirmation email upon registration with further details.
What should I wear for my shift?
You will receive an official Obliteride t-shirt when you check in for your shift. Please wear your t-shirt throughout your volunteer shift. You should also wear comfortable shoes, be prepared for changing and inclement weather, and wear sunscreen!
Do I need to bring my own snacks and meals during my volunteer shift?
We’ll aim to keep you fed and hydrated throughout your shift. If you have food allergies or dietary restrictions, please plan accordingly.
Is there a registration fee to volunteer?
Is there a fundraising minimum to volunteer?
No. We’re grateful for your time, effort and energy. But, you’re more than welcome to volunteer AND fundraise. We are challenging every volunteer to donate $50 to Obliteride.
Can I volunteer and be a virtual fundraiser?
You bet! When you register to volunteer simply enter a fundraising amount during registration. You can then personalize your participant page and start fundraising!
How old do I need to be to volunteer?
  • You must be 18 years old by Friday, Aug. 11, 2017, to volunteer.
  • You must be over 21 years old by Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017 to volunteer as a course marshal.
I want to share the importance of volunteerism with my children; can they join me during my shift?
We encourage families to volunteer together as long as everyone is at least 18 years old by Friday, Aug. 11, 2017. Children under 18 years old are not eligible to volunteer but they are welcome to help raise money for Obliteride through bake sales, penny drives or other activities. Children under 18 are welcome to accompany you during your shift, but they are your responsibility. Only registered volunteers, ages 18+ will receive volunteer shirts.
Need help or have questions about how to register to volunteer for Obliteride?
We're happy to help! Contact us at 206.667.RIDE or volunteer@obliteride.org.
Is there a deadline to register?
Yes. Online registration is closed; if you are still interested, please contact volunteer@obliteride.org directly.

participant Center questions

Where do I access my Participant Center?
Login here
What is my Participant Center?
Every registered participant receives a personal fundraising page, which links to a personal account within the system. We call this the ‘Participant Center’.

The Participant Center allows you to manage your personal web page and your fundraising activity. You can share your personal webpage with friends and family, by simply including a link (found within your Participant Center under the 'Personal Page' tab) via email, text or a Facebook post. The page is a way to communicate your inspiration for Obliteride with others and makes it really easy for people to donate to your ride. 

Your Participant Center is also your fundraising headquarters; the place you can go to send emails asking for donations, review your donation progress, send thank you emails, add a photo to your fundraising page, etc.
What if I’m experiencing issues while logged into my Participant Center?
Try logging out and logging back in on a different browser such as Chrome or Firefox. You may need to upgrade your browser to IE 10. Any Internet Explorer before IE 10 is no longer supported. Please call 206.667.RIDE (7433) if you continue to experience issue.
I forgot my password, what do I do?
No worries, you can reset your password on this page.

Virtual Rider Questions

What is a Virtual Rider?
Anyone interested in raising funds in the spirit of Obliteride. No bike required here, just an interest in supporting the cause.
Is there a registration fee to be a Virtual Rider?
No. A self donation is encouraged to participate as a Virtual Rider. The good news is, your self-pledge counts as a tax-deductible donation and will help kick-start your fundraising efforts. 
What is the fundraising commitment to be a Virtual Rider?
A fundraising commitment is not required for virtual riders. A self donation is encouraged to kick-off fundraising.
What’s involved with being a Virtual Rider?
Virtual Riders are encouraged to make a self donation, create a fundraising page and then invite every friend, family member and co-worker possible to donate to cancer research.
Does my self-pledge count as a donation?
Yes, your self-pledge is considered a tax-deductible donation. If making a donation from outside the U.S., please check tax deductibility in your country.
How do I register to become a Virtual Rider?
Vitural Riders are part of our Crew and listed here.

Register Now now.
Need help or have questions about how to register as a Virtual Rider for Obliteride?
We're happy to help! Contact us at 206.667.RIDE or info@obliteride.org.
Is there a minimum age requirement to be a Virtual Rider?
No, you can be any age to participate as Virtual Rider.