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Introducing Obliteride 2020, reimagined!

An update from Obliteride Director Jim Birrell

Updated on May 19, 2020
Jim Birrell
Jim Birrell, Obliteride Director

Dear Obliteride community,

Last year, we couldn’t have imagined how different summer 2020 would be. Every day, we’re all making changes to help protect our families and communities from the coronavirus — and adapt to a hard-changing world.

At Obliteride, our team knew we had to make changes, too. We needed to reimagine our event in a way that would help our amazing community find joy, honor loved ones, and support lifesaving research, all while staying safe. It was hard to change something as magical as Obliteride, but it also made us realize again how resilient we all are — together.

So, let me introduce: Obliteride 2020! Instead of our in-person weekend event, we’re inviting you to choose the activity, location, and distance that work for you and your family; enjoy challenges, online events, and incentives all summer; and meet your goal by Saturday, August 8. We’ll top it all off with a fun online Glow Orange event. We’ve also made registration a flat $35 for everyone, and there is NO required fundraising minimum this year. The most important thing is that you join us! I hope you’ll explore this website, read about all we’ve planned, and share it with friends and neighbors.

Here’s what will NEVER change: We are still all in for lifesaving science. 

Recognizing the profound effect COVID-19 has on families facing cancer, we’ve made it so that every dollar you raise this year will support Fred Hutch’s frontline cancer research and advance their real-time work on tests, treatments, and vaccines for COVID-19. Together, we will help protect and save lives.

Obliteride is happening this year — from a distance, but with the same big heart. I am so grateful to team up with all of you.

Sweat on, Obliteriders!

Jim Birrell
Obliteride Director

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