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If you have additional questions not answered here, you may contact us.

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Key dates

What important dates do I need to know?
  • February 4: Registration opens
  • April 13: Volunteer registration opens
  • June 1: Early-bird promotion ends
  • July 17: Last day to change or cancel routes 
  • August 4: Online registration closes
  • August 7: Kickoff party and packet pickup at Gas Works Park
    • 3 – 8 p.m.: Registration and packet pickup
    • 4 – 9:30 p.m.: Kickoff celebration
  • August 8: Obliteride!
  • September 17: Fundraising deadline

If you have questions, contact us at info@obliteride.org.

When is packet pickup?

Friday, August 7: 4 – 8 p.m.

Saturday, August 8: Starting one hour before your wave start time.

What is the Friday Night Kickoff Party?

Obliteride includes a fun party the night before the event that features live music, dancing, freshly made local food, and some of the best wine and brews our region has to offer. Every participant receives free admission for themselves and one guest. This year, the party is on Friday, August 7.

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What is the registration fee?

All bike routes
$100 Early-bird (registration through June 1)
$150 Regular registration (June 2 – August 8)

Adult 5K Walk/Run 
$35 Early-bird (registration through June 1)
$50 Regular registration (June 2 – August 8)

Kids and teens 5K Walk/Run 
$35 registration  (Ages  10 – 17 as of August 5)
 Kids age 9 and under participate for free. 

It is our honor to offer anyone who has faced or is facing cancer 50% off registration for any route with registration code SURVIVOR2020.

What is included with my Obliteride registration fee?

All participants receive:

  • Obliteride jersey (riders) or Obliteride T-shirt (walkers and runners).
  • Goodie bag with a specialized water bottle, performance socks, and more.
  • Admission for you and a guest to our kickoff party.
  • Food and beverages throughout the weekend.
  • Superhero status for fundraising to cure cancer faster!
How old do I need to be to participate in Obliteride?
  •  To participate in the 25-, 50-, and 100-mile rides, you must be 18 or older.
  • All ages are encouraged to walk or run the 5K.
  • All ages are encouraged to participate as virtual Obliteriders.
Are children allowed to participate in Obliteride?

Yes! The 5K Walk/Run is open to Obliteriders of all ages. Strollers and wagons are permitted on the 5K course. (Bonus: Any 5K participant who is 17 or younger has a reduced registration fee and no fundraising commitment!) Participants who want to ride one of the bicycling routes must be 18 years or older. Bike trailers or other child bike attachments are not allowed on the course. We have a number of volunteer opportunities for minors; stay tuned for more information or contact us at info@obliteride.org.


Are you registering a child who does not have an email address?

You can create a variation of your personal email with plus addressing. This tool allows you to generate a unique address during registration and will send your child’s Obliteride emails to your inbox.

If your registration email is: name@email.com
Your child’s registration email could be: name+1@email.com

Please note: Plus addressing is available with many popular providers (e.g., Gmail, Outlook.com, and iCloud), but not all email accounts support it. Check with your provider if you have questions.

What is a “virtual” Obliteride?

We know that not everyone can ride, walk, run, or volunteer with us on Saturday, August 8. But you can still help support groundbreaking research at Fred Hutch by doing an activity you love from wherever you are. The Virtual Obliteride is your chance to get creative and raise funds for Fred Hutch! Just register as a Virtual Obliterider, set your fundraising goal, create your personal fundraising page, and hit the ground running (or hiking, or kayaking, or gardening). Learn more.

I still have questions. Where can I get answers?

If you can’t find answers on our website, feel free to contact us.

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What is the minimum fundraising commitment for my route?

25-mile route
Adult: $500
Young adult (ages 18 – 24 as of August 5): $250
Fred Hutch/SCCA staff: $300

50-mile route
Adult rider: $1,000
Young adult (ages 18 – 24 as of August 5): $500
Fred Hutch/SCCA staff: $500

100-mile route
Adult: $1,000
Young adult (ages 18 – 24 as of August 5): $500
Fred Hutch/SCCA staff: $500

5K Walk/Run
Adult: $300
Young adult  (ages 18 – 24 as of August 5): $150
Fred Hutch/SCCA staff: $300
Minor (ages 0 – 17 as of August 5): $0

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

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 17, 2020, 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.

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 participate in Obliteride for any reason, and you may not allow another person to participate 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 July 17 at 11:59 p.m. After this date, you may not cancel or decrease your fundraising commitment.

I still have questions. Where can I get answers?

If you can’t find answers on our website, feel free to contact us.

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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 (PDF). Please make checks payable to Fred Hutch Obliteride. If you are donating to a specific participant (rider, walker, runner, virtual participant, or volunteer), be sure to include the participant and team name 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 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 memo line. Please mail these donations to the address below:

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

What do I do if a donor gives me cash?

If a tax acknowledgement is required, cash donations can only be accepted in person at the Obliteride office from the actual donor. 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 CANNOT send the donor a tax acknowledgement. Please use the offline donation form (PDF) to submit the donation and ensure that the donor receives a tax acknowledgment for their gift.

Is Obliteride/Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center a 501(c)(3) nonprofit institution? Is my donation tax-deductible?

Yes. Obliteride is an event put on by Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, a nonprofit corporation incorporated in the state of Washington and accepting donations from all 50 states. Our tax ID number is 23-7156071. 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 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 sent directly to Obliteride by the donor, we cannot provide a tax acknowledgement.

Donations received via check or cash will be acknowledged no later than September 17, 2020.

What is the difference between an individual donation and a team donation?

Individual donations are made directly to the participant and count toward their fundraising goal. To make an individual donation on our donation page, use the participant search box. Enter the participant’s first and last name, click “search,” and scroll down to view results.

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 teams@obliteride.org (but note that in general, team members are still responsible for their own minimum fundraising commitment). The team captain must approve and email us with allocation requests by September 17.

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

Do you accept matching gifts, and how are they credited toward my fundraising goal?

Definitely! 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. You and your donors can also check to see if a company has a matching gift program. 

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 Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. 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.

NOTE: Any company match must be approved by the fundraising deadline, and you must email confirmation of the match from the company to info@obliteride.org BEFORE the fundraising deadline. If we do not receive proper notice prior to the fundraising deadline, the match cannot be accepted toward your fundraising minimum.


What if someone from a foreign country wants to donate to my Obliteride?

They can simply donate by credit card to your personal fundraising page and enter the amount in U.S. dollars. Please encourage any Canadian friends to donate online instead of by check.

I still have questions. Where can I get answers?

If you can’t find answers on our website, feel free to contact us. 

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Event rules

Can I change my route?

Yes, you can begin the process of updating your route and corresponding fundraising commitment by sending an email to info@obliteride.org by Monday, July 17, at 11:59 p.m.

You can’t reduce your fundraising commitment after July 17 even if you do not or cannot participate in your registered route for any reason, including illness or injury. Any funds donated by you or others to Fred Hutch to satisfy your fundraising commitment are not refundable. 

Can I use an e-bike at Obliteride?

Yes. However, we will 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 in the field. Also, 100-mile riders on e-bikes will not be eligible to compete in our “King or Queen of the Mountain” competition, which recognizes the fastest person on certain sections of that route.

Can I rent a bike?

Yes. Low-cost bike rentals are available through Pedal Anywhere. 

How does it work?

  • 10% of your rental fee goes back to Obliteride.
  • At the end of the ride, return your rental bike to the Loaner Bike Return tent near the Bag and Bike Check at the finish line.
  • Every bike comes with a helmet and two bottle cages. If a lock is needed, Pedal Anywhere can provide one free of cost.
  • Standard pedals can be swapped for pedals that accommodate many cycling shoes.
I have my own bike. Do I check it in before event day?

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 Kickoff Party and the post-event party, but you must arrive with your bike on event day.

Can I bring my dog to Obliteride?

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 also stay home for the pre- and post-event celebrations at Gas Works Park.

Can I push a stroller or pull a wagon?

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. 

I still have questions. Where can I get answers?

If you can’t find answers on our website, feel free to contact us.

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Does everyone on my team have to do the same route?

Not at all! We encourage Obliteriders to build blended teams of walkers, riders, runners, virtual participants, and volunteers!

How do fundraising minimums work for teams?

Each rider and adult walker or runner has a personal fundraising commitment. Those combined individual commitments make up your team’s fundraising minimum. Donations made to an individual Obliterider are directed to that person’s fundraising total, which rolls up to the team’s fundraising minimum. Donations made to the team benefit the entire team and can be allocated to team members by the team captain(s).

Note: Team captains need to approve any and all distributions. Once approved, the team captain must email teams@obliteride.org with the donation distribution form by September 17.

What happens if my team doesn’t meet its fundraising minimum, but I fulfill my personal fundraising commitment?

First, thank you for being a powerful force for lifesaving research at Fred Hutch! You stepped up in a big way, and your support is fueling exponential advances in cancer prevention, detection, treatment, and cures.

As a team member, you are responsible only for your fundraising commitment. If you do not fundraise enough to meet your commitment, the credit card you place on file when you register will be charged for the balance.

Your team captain(s) can also set a goal for the team in any designated dollar amount, but this is only a goal. Individuals are only required to meet their minimum fundraising commitment.

If you have already reached your fundraising goal, you can help give your team a boost by directing your network to donate to your team’s page instead of your individual page. Donations made to a team can be allocated to participants who haven’t yet reached their fundraising commitments as long as the team captain approves this request and distributes the funds by September 17.

NOTE: Funds remaining on the team page are not guaranteed to be distributed among team members. Team captains make the final decisions regarding the distribution of team funds.

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How do I support my loved one who is participating?

Volunteers are a critical part of Obliteride! Every year, we rely on our hundreds of volunteers to make our event amazing. Volunteer registration opens Monday, April 13. Check back then to view our volunteer shift options. 

When will I receive confirmation of my volunteer role, date, time, and location?

You will receive an email automatically after completing registration that will include the date, time, role, and location you register for. We will send more detailed information closer to the event. Be on the lookout for details in August.

What should I wear for my shift?

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. You should also wear comfortable shoes, be prepared for changing and inclement weather, and wear sunscreen. Snacks and meals will be provided during your volunteer shift.

How old do I need to be to volunteer?

In 2020, we will be offering a few volunteer opportunities for minors who want to get involved! Stay tuned for our new minor volunteer registration site, which will be live in April. Note that all minors must volunteer together with an adult or guardian. 

I still have questions. Where can I get answers?

If you can’t find answers on our website, feel free to contact us.

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Have fun, make friends, and help cure cancer faster. See you Saturday, August 8.