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Cohesion…Reflections on the First Obliteride
I think that sums it up. We’re all connected now. We share a common reference point, a weekend of impact and fun, and a glimpse of where Obliteride is going.
This weekend held magical moments for us all together and for each of us individually. Together we joined Michael Franti on Friday night as he sang “I’m alive”—which was utterly amazing. On Saturday morning, we joined Dana Pierce as she led us in the National Anthem, which was also a powerful moment. We rolled through the start together and then began to string out a bit. In smaller groups and sometimes as individuals, we pedaled, climbed, hydrated, ate, and climbed some more. We may have each finished separately, but together we share that sense of accomplishment and commitment to keep raising money to fund cancer research at Fred Hutch.
This weekend we got to experience the vision we’d been talking about. I think the lighting, colors and facial expressions in these pictures say it all. Hopefully the energy from Friday night and the sense of accomplishment when you crossed the finish will deepen your commitment to keep raising money and to bringing more people back with us next year.
Thank you for everything you did to make the first Obliteride so magical. We've already raised an incredible $1.45 million and we're not even done fundraising until October 1.
Get ready for 2014—we are!
Obliteride Executive Director
Here are some pictures that say a thousand words. Please share some of your favorites with us on
August 14, 2013 - 8:47P
Thank you to all who helped make Obliteride happen. It was my first ride and a wonderful experience. My family and friends were very generous in helping me reach my goal and almost double the amount. My daughter wants to ride with me next year.
August 14, 2013 - 12:38P
What an amazing event. As a rider, I just wanted to say thank you to all of the volunteers that made it such a smooth and fun weekend. Also to all of the people that went out and worked hard to be able to have all of the donations go straight to the Hutch. The sponsors deserve a lot of the credit for allowing the event to happen and I hope they will see the value in continuing to support such a wonderful cause. I plan on riding every year until cancer only has a home in history books!
August 14, 2013 - 10:49A
I feel so fortunate to have been able to ride in the first Obliteride. The feeling of community was palpable as was the great energy.
I want to give my heart felt thanks to all of the volunteers; what an awesome bunch of people.
I am already looking forward to the ride next year.
August 14, 2013 - 10:3A
What a great experience. Three years ago I could not walk without assistance after my stem cell transplant for AML. Now I could ride 50 miles and ride up every (brutal!) hill along way. I am so thankful for the Hutch, SCCA, my wife and caregiver Susan, and every doctor, nurse, relative and friend who got me to this point.
And I look forward to riding this again next year!
August 14, 2013 - 1:17A
So glad I was able to be a part of this event! It was inspiring to see so many people working towards something that needs to get done, and it is shocking seeing so many families affected by cancer. I very much appreciate the amount of work the volunteers and coordinators put into everything too!
I found it awesome the amount of positive feedback every rider I talked to had! So many were excited about next year, and were stating that they couldn't wait to come back and do it again!
I certainly will be pushing and challenging people I know to get involved in this next year!