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Thursday, July 28, 2016

Obliteride (Aug. 12-14) event adds a check in station in Poulsbo!

Hello to all: 

OBLITERIDE organizers added a check-in option in Poulsbo so that those that wish to participate don't have to go to Seattle to sign-in. Rick Feeney and members of the West Sound Cycling Club have kindly offer to host the check in and rest stop location in Poulsbo. 
Following is the official PR sent to local media:

July 25, 2016   
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 
 
FROM: Visit Kitsap Peninsula
Contact: Patricia Graf-Hoke, Director
 
OTHER CONTACT: 
Obliteride 
 
/Kitsap Organizations Support Fred Hutch 2016 Obliteride Fundraiser/
 
Visit Kitsap Peninsula and other organizations on the Kitsap Peninsula have joined forces to support the 2016 Obliteride bike ride on August 12-14. The annual event raises critical funds to help the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center obliterate cancer.  
 
“Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research benefits people of all ages around the Puget Sound and around the world. We invite everyone to join the fun and cheer us on,” said Amy Lavin, Obliteride’s executive director. “Even better, sign-up to do the ride with a friend, join a team or start one of your own. There’s still time to sign up and help Fred Hutch obliteride cancer.” 
 
Obliterate organizers announced they plan to try something new this year to make it easier for riders from Bainbridge Island and other communities on the Kitsap and Olympic Peninsulas to join the ride. Riders that want to sign-up for the for the scenic 85, 100 or 150 mile route, but wish to skip the ferry ride to Seattle on Saturday, may now check-in and start their ride in Poulsbo’s Little Norway. However, organizers encourage all riders to make the trip to the official start line at Fred Hutch in Seattle so they may experience the camaraderie, hear from cancer survivors and Fred Hutch scientists, and be part of the community spirit that makes Obliteride so special. 
"We’re excited to make it easier for people living on the west side of Puget Sound to join up with Obliteride on Saturday morning, if they can't make it to Seattle,” said Amy Lavin, Obliteride’s executive director. “We invite all riders no matter where they live to join us for our awesome kickoff party at Gas Works Park Friday night. It’s such a fun and moving community event!”. 
Riders who want to take advantage of this new Poulsbo check-in option must contact Obliteride before Aug. 8, 2016 and then on Saturday, August 13, 2016, check-in at the Muriel Edwards Waterfront Park Pavilion in Poulsbo [link to map] between 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. Please be aware that latecomers will not be allowed to ride. To notify Obliteride of your plans, or for more information, email info@obliteride.org.  Registration information and instructions are available at www.obliteride.org.
Other Kitsap Peninsula organizations that will provide volunteer time and support include the Silverdale Cyclery, REI-Silverdale and Kitsap Physical Therapy. The West Sound Cycling Club is host of the Poulsbo rest-stop and check-in; Visit Kitsap Peninsula and the Port Orchard Chamber of Commerce will host the rest stop at Fire Station#17; team Gig Harbor Cares will host the stop of Skansie Brother Park and team Warrior Energy will host the rest-stop in Steilacoom.  For information about other Kitsap area volunteers and supporters, and to learn how you may help, go to visitkitsap.com/obliteride.  
 
Obliteride
Obliteride has raised nearly $7 million for lifesaving cancer research at Fred Hutch in its first three years. Nearly 1,200 people rode in Obliteride last year. Participants raise a minimum of $500 or $1,000 depending on their route. Every dollar riders raise goes to Fred Hutch.
Obliteride is so much more than a bike ride. Riders are treated to a first-class event including fun parties, live entertainment and fantastic food from Tom Douglas Catering.
To be part of this exciting event the weekend of Aug. 12-14, 2016, sign up to ride 10-150 miles or volunteer at www.obliteride.org.