Frequently Asked Questions

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Key Information for 2022

  • Friday, July 15: Last day to change routes.
  • Thursday, August 11: Last day to register for $35.
    •     Registration will increase to $50 beginning Friday, August 12, and will be available online or onsite.
  • Friday, August 12: Friday Night Party and packet pick up at Gas Works Park in Seattle.
    • Registration and packet pick up: 3 – 7 p.m.
    • Kickoff celebration: 4 – 9 p.m.
  • Saturday, August 13: Obliteride Day!
    • If you’re joining us in person, we’ll see you at the University of Washington.
    • If you’re participating virtually, you can complete your activity anytime between when you register and Saturday, August 13. You are also welcome to join us in Seattle to cheer riders and walkers on Obliteride Day. (You will need to check-in to receive a participant wristband and follow COVID-19 protocols.)
    • Last day to register online or onsite.
  • Friday, September 30: Fundraising deadline.

YES! We will be hosting our annual 25-, 50- and 100-mile bike rides and 5K walk/run this year on Saturday, August 13, at the University of Washington. We are also bringing back the Friday Night Party on Friday, August 12, at Gas Works Park. 

Obliteride includes a fun party the night before the event with live music, dancing, freshly made local food and some of the best wine and brews our region has to offer. This year, the party is on Friday, August 12, at Gas Works Park in Seattle. Every participant receives free admission for themselves, and guest tickets are available for purchase here. Guest tickets are $35 through Thursday, August 11, and will be available for purcahse at Gas Works Park for $50 on Friday, August 12.

Obliteride is continuously monitoring the latest guidance for COVID-19. For more information on the protocols in place for Obliteride 2022, please visit our COVID-19 Safety page. 

Obliteride is continuously monitoring the latest guidance for COVID-19. For more information on the protocols in place for Obliteride 2022, please visit our COVID-19 Safety page. 

We will keep Obliteride participants, volunteers and our community updated on any changes to this guidance, should they occur, in two ways: 1) by updating our COVID-19 Safety page. 2) through email updates to registered participants.

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Registration

Registration for all activities is $35 through Thursday, August 11. Beginning Friday, August 12, the registration fee will increase to $50. Kids ages 0-9 are free!

First, you will receive a confirmation email with helpful information. You will also receive one Obliteride 2022 participant T-shirt, sent to the address provided in your registration; admission to our Friday Night Party; access to your Participant Center, food and beverages throughout the event weekend — and the joy and connection of our amazing community.

If you register before Friday, July 15, your t-shirt will be mailed in two to three weeks (international: allow four to five weeks). If you register after July 15, for the in-person event, you must pick up your shirt in person at the Friday Night Party or on Obliteride Day.

Virtual challengers: Your shirt will be mailed to you. If you register after Wednesday, July 27, your shirt may arrive after Obliteride Day.

To participate in the 25-, 50- and 100-mile rides, you must be 18 or older. All ages are encouraged to participate in the 5K but minors must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. If you are participating virtually, any and all ages are welcome to participate. To participate as a volunteer, you must be 12 or older and accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

When you register online for Obliteride, you'll have the option to create a new team — and become the team captain! Your responsibilities will include recruiting team members, setting up a team fundraising page, and supporting your group throughout the season.

There are two easy steps to register for a team:

  1. You must register online for Obliteride. During registration, you will be asked if you’d like to join a team.
  2. If you know the name of the team you’d like to join, or the company whose team you would like to join, you may search for the name of the team or the name of the company. If you find it, you may select that name to join the team. That’s it!

If you want to join a team but need help finding one, or if you have other questions, feel free to email us at oblteams@fredhutch.org. Our goal is to help every person who’d like to join a team find a group they’ll love!

Of course! Simply email us at obliteride@fredhutch.org and we’ll help you make any changes. The last day to change your route is Friday, July 15.

Obliteride is actively working to make our event experience welcoming for all people. We would like to hear your ideas. Please feel free to email us at obliteride@fredhutch.org.

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Fundraising

Thanks to our generous sponsors, 100% of participant-raised dollars will support lifesaving cancer research at Fred Hutch.

There are no fundraising requirements for Obliteride this year, but many participants set a fundraising goal of at least $250. We encourage you to set a goal that feels comfortable for you. You can always check out our fun incentive gifts (starting at $100 raised) for a little extra motivation. And remember: thanks to our generous sponsors, every dollar you raise supports lifesaving research at Fred Hutch.

Once you log in to your Participant Center, you can edit your fundraising goal from your dashboard page. Simply click the pencil icon next to your current goal to adjust it.

Here are the key dates to know:

  • Thursday, August 11, 2022, 11:59 p.m. PDT: Deadline to be recognized as a top fundraising individual or team on Obliteride Day.
  • Friday, September 30, 2022, at 11:59 p.m. PDT: Final fundraising deadline. You have until this day to meet your fundraising goals and earn Obliteride gifts for every incentive level you reach. 

Absolutely! We have incentives at many levels. Check out the nice prizes and bragging rights you can earn on our Incentives page.

If you reach a milestone where you earn a jersey, you will be able to pick it up at the Friday Night Party on Friday, August 12, or at the starting line on Saturday, August 13. If you do not pick up your jersey in person, it will be shipped to you after the September 30 fundraising deadline.

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Donating

Thank you for asking! You can donate online with your credit card or using PayPal. It's quick and easy! This is the best way to donate. 

If you prefer to write a check: Please make checks payable to Fred Hutch Obliteride. If you are donating to a specific participant, be sure to include the name of the person to whom you are donating (and team name, if applicable) to whom you are donating on the check memo line.

Obliteriders: 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 in 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 name of the participant or team you're supporting on the check memo line. Mail checks to:

Fred Hutch Obliteride
1100 Fairview Ave. N, J5-200
Seattle, WA 98109

In this time of COVID and remote work, we are a cashless event. Plus, the best way to donate is online! It’s quick, easy and helps us process gifts faster — so your fundraising totals are up-to-date and you can see where you are on the leaderboards sooner!

If you are hosting a bake sale as a fundraising event, we encourage you to ask your donors to donate directly to you or your team using our online form or PayPal. It’s easy, fast, and safe and will help us get an appropriate thank you and tax acknowledgment to your donors.  

Yes. Obliteride is an event put on by Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center, a nonprofit corporation incorporated in the state of Washington and accepting donations from all 50 states. Our tax ID number is 91-1935159. All donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.

All donations made payable to and received by Fred Hutch 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 a donation is not sent directly to Obliteride by the donor, we cannot provide a tax acknowledgement.

YES! 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 too! Five minutes can double their impact! You and your donors can also check to see if a company has a matching gift program. Please note that any matching gifts we receive from your employer after Friday, September 30, will go toward our 2022 event totals, but not towards your incentive levels.

If you do not see the company’s name, you may simply ask the human resources representative or the employer’s matching gifts representative to submit paperwork to Fred Hutch. Be sure to note that the matching gift is for Obliteride. Once we receive the matching gift, we’ll post the funds 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.

Yes! They can donate by credit card to your personal fundraising page and enter the amount in U.S. dollars or use PayPal. We’re glad they’re part of our community.

Fred Hutch has partnered with Stock Donator to provide a simple way to donate stock. Use our complimentary stock transfer tool to generate the required forms, initiate the stock transfer request and send us the information we need to process your gift.

To ensure that your donation is credited to the correct person or team, you must select the box that says “Specific Donation Purpose” on the last page of the tool. After you select “Specific Donation Purpose”, type BOTH the event name and date, which is “Obliteride 2022” AND the team or individual for which you would like to donate the stock.

Example: “Obliteride 2022. Jane Gonzales” or “Obliteride 2022. Team Stop Cancer.”

Please note that donations of stock can take between three and four weeks to process.

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Teams

Not at all! We encourage Obliteriders to build teams of riders, walkers, runners, volunteers and virtual participants. It's part of the fun!

Team donations are made to the team and support their collective fundraising goal. The team captain may allocate the funds to individual team members by emailing Obliteride at oblteams@fredhutch.org.

To donate to a team, use the team search function by entering the team name and clicking the “search” button. Scroll down to view results.

Donations made to the team will be visible on the team fundraising page and are visible in the team captain’s Participant Center.

Please contact our Engagement and Stewardship Manager at oblteams@fredhutch.org.

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Volunteer

Yes! We are so excited to welcome our amazing volunteer community back this year. Visit our dedicated volunteer registration site to check out our volunteer shift options and sign up. Volunteers make our event amazing!

You will receive an email automatically after completing registration that shows the date, time, role and location for which you are registered. We will send more detailed information closer to your volunteer shift. Be on the lookout for more details in August!

We are excited to offer a few volunteer opportunities to minors (ages 12 - 17) who are accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. View volunteer opportunities for minors here, or please contact our Volunteer Coordinator at oblvolunteer@fredhutch.org to sign up your minor.

For all other positions, we encourage families to volunteer together — as long as everyone is at least 18 years old by the day of their shift.

Of course, it's part of the fun! Once you sign up for a volunteer shift, you can join a team here. Joining a team is optional — it will add you to the team roster, create a personal fundraising page, and grant you access to the online participant center.

You should wear comfortable shoes, be prepared for changing and inclement weather, and wear sunscreen. Each volunteer will receive one volunteer T-shirt during their shift(s). It’s a good idea to wear something that can go under your T-shirt so that you can change easily. Snacks and meals will be provided during your volunteer shift.

Yes! If you choose to drive, free parking will be available Friday and Saturday at the University of Washington. We will also have a shuttle available to take you to and from Gas Works Park for any volunteer shifts on Friday. To reserve your spot on the shuttle, please sign up here

Absolutely, volunteers are a vital part of the Obliteride community! Volunteers that have signed up for or completed at least one volunteer shift for Obliteride will get free entry to the Friday Night Party and/or a guest ticket (includes food and beverage) to the Saturday Celebration. To attend the Friday or Saturday event, volunteers must be off shift and changed out of their volunteer t-shirt. Volunteers should come to the volunteer check-in tent to receive their guest ticket.

Absolutely! We have volunteer opportunities available all summer long, with the majority of shifts open in the weeks leading up to Obliteride weekend. Contact our Volunteer Coordinator for more information at oblvolunteer@fredhutch.org.

Please contact our Volunteer Coordinator at oblvolunteer@fredhutch.org.

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Event Weekend

You may pick up your packet in person on:

  • Friday, August 12: From 3 –7 p.m. at Gas Works Park in Seattle.
  • Saturday, August 13: Starting one hour before your start time at UW.

Yes, you can begin the process of updating your route by sending an email to obliteride@fredhutch.org. Please submit your route change by Friday, July 15, at 11:59 p.m. 

Yes. Please be aware that we may not be able to service most e-bikes outside of a flat tire. Depending on the weight and style they might not fit in a support and gear vehicle and volunteer mechanics might not be able to repair them before the race or while you are out on your route.

Recycled Cycles is offering Obliteride participants a 20% discount on bike rentals during Obliteride weekend. 

Outdoors For All offers adaptive bicycle rental options for Obliteride participants. They have recumbent trikes and handcycles available to rent for $35 per day. 

Once you register, check out your Participant Center for more information on how to reserve a bike.

No. You MUST bring your bicycle on the day of the event. We have a secure bike check if you would like to store your bike safely during the Friday Night Party and the Saturday Celebration, but you must arrive with your bike on event day.

No. Unfortunately, pets (excluding service animals) are not permitted on any Obliteride course. For the safety of your furry companions and others, we also request that they stay home for the Friday Night Party at Gas Works Park and for Obliteride Day at the University of Washington.

We welcome strollers and wagons on our 5K walk/run route for kids, but trailers and wagons are not allowed on the 25-, 50- or 100-mile bike routes. 

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Mobile App and Activity Tracking

The Obliteride App allows fundraisers to engage in and track their physical activity while they raise money for Obliteride. Depending on their event registration, users can track their run, walk, ride or other activity leading up to and including event day.

Users can also see how their activity compares to other Obliteriders and, if they are part of a team, they can see where their team ranks in the event.

Once you download the Obliteride mobile app, you can set it up to sync with your phone or one of several wearable trackers.

Participants can download the Obliteride App from their dashboard in the Participant Center, or from Google Play or the Apple Store. Simply search, “Obliteride” to access the app.

If you have the old Obliteride App, make sure to delete it and reinstall the new one. 

Obliteride wants to support you in all your healthy active minute choices. For that reason, we made the decision that any user tracked activity is synced to your Obliteride App regardless of your participant type. This way, you can control what you are counting towards your Obliteride experience.

The only activities that will sync with your device are user recorded activities.

Strava, Apple Health, Google Fit, Garmin and FitBit are all compatible with the app.

Still Have Questions?

If you have additional questions not answered in this FAQ, contact us at obliteride@fredhutch.org.

Obliteride Is for Everyone!

Have fun and help cure cancer faster! We can't wait to have you join us.