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Here's where you'll be Obliteride weekend:
  • Friday, Aug. 11 - Kickoff Party
    • Venue: Gas Works Park
    • Address: 2101 N Northlake Way, Seattle, WA 98103
  • Saturday, Aug. 12 - Start Line (Two-day riders ONLY)
    • Venue: Fred Hutch
    • Address: 1100 Fairview Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109
  • Saturday, Aug. 12 - Finish Line (Two-day riders ONLY)
  • Sunday, Aug. 13 - Start Line (Two-day riders ONLY)
  • Sunday, Aug. 13 - Start Line (25, 50 and 100-mile riders)
    • Venue: Fred Hutch
    • Address: 1100 Fairview Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109
  • Sunday, August 13 - Finish Line (all riders)
    • Venue: Gas Works Park
    • Address: 2101 N Northlake Way, Seattle, WA 98103


The Rider Handbook is THE place to get the 411 on what to expect ride day. Content includes weekend schedules, parking, packing and prep information. Grab the one to match your route and study up!

2017 Rider Guides will be available at the end of July.


Here's the single place to read about parking throughout the weekend.
REMEMBER: parking is limited at Fred Hutch; it's best to carpool or get dropped off.

  • Limited parking is available at Fred Hutch.
  • Where to go: Heading North on Fairview Avenue N., turn right onto Aloha, follow the instruction from volunteers and signage.
  • Two-day riders will park their cars in a secured garage. You'll be required to drop your bike before parking your car in a parking garage (no bikes will be allowed in the garage). Volunteers will be onsite to assist.
  • Riders must be parked and in the chute by 6:45 a.m.

SUNDAY, AUG. 13: 25, 50, 100MI RIDERS
  • All one day riders are encouraged to park at Fred Hutch.
  • REMEMBER: Parking is limited; it's best to carpool or get dropped off.
  • Once you arrive at Fred Hutch follow the signs and volunteers.
  • Riders will be directed into a parking garage, we highly encourage you to transport your bikes in or behind your vehicle vs. roof racks. Cars with bikes on their roof racks will be diverted to an unloading zone.
  • Shuttles will be available to take you and your bike from the Finish Line at Gas Works Park to Fred Hutch after your ride (see shuttle schedule below). 
  • If you are a survivor or pacesetter, pay special attention to your pre-event emails for directions on your special parking location.
Need a visual of where you'll be parking and how to get to the Start Line? Remember, parking at the Fred Hutch campus is limited; it's best to carpool or get dropped off.
  • Two-day rider parking: Fred Hutch, View parking map>>
  • One-day rider (25, 50 and 100mi) : Fred Hutch, follow signs and volunteers and you will be golden. View parking map>>
  • Pacesetter and Survivor Parking: Once you arrive on the Fred Hutch campus, follow the signs to the O-1 lot. View parking map>>

participant drop-off

All riders are encouraged to have friends and family drop them off at the Fred Hutch Start Line. The hassle free way to get to the Start Line; no lines, easy in and out.

Directions to Participant Drop-off zone at the Fred Hutch Start Line:
  • Heading North on Fairview Ave. N.
  • Turn right on Aloha St.
  • Pull into the curb side parking area along Aloha
  • Watch for signs and volunteers for direction on where to hop out.
  • NOTE: if you are a Two-day rider, you will be directed to a drop-off location on Yale Ave.
 View map>>


  • Friday, Aug. 11: Fred Hutch to Gas Works Park
    • Begins at 3 p.m.
    • Shuttles run every 15 minutes
    • Follow the signs throughout the Fred Hutch campus for the shuttle pick-up location
    • Shuttles will drop you at the entrance to Gas Works Park
    • Last shuttle departs Gas Works Park at 10:15 p.m.
  • Sunday, Aug. 13: Gas Works to Fred Hutch

packet pick-up

We encourage you to pick up your rider packet between 3 - 8 p.m. at Gas Works Park on Friday so you can be prepped and ready to roll. And more importantly, you can enjoy our kickoff event. You can pick up your packet prior to your start time on ride day (Saturday for two-day riders or Sunday for one day riders), but please note that there could be long lines. 

What to expect at Packet Pick-up:
  • Show your driver’s license or other government-issued photo ID to redeem your rider packet.
  • You'll be asked to provide your credit/debit card if you have NOT met your fundraising minimum. You have until Sept. 15 to meet your minimum, but if you haven’t met your minimum as of Aug. 11, we’ll need your credit card on file (if it isn’t already) in order for you to ride.
  • Bring any donations you may have squirreled away and make sure they have your name on them.
  • Every individual rider needs to pickup their own packet.

What’s in your rider packet?
  • Rider identification system (bib; helmet sticker; rear license plate, RFID chip)
  • All access weekend ORANGE wristband (required on-course and at all venues; plan to wear it all weekend)
  • Supporter meal package wristbands for those who preordered food friends and family (only valid for Sunday, Aug. 13 at Gas Works Park)
  • Plenty of other fun goodies

what to pack

  • Bicycle!
  • Helmet (required)
  • Orange rider wristband (all access pass)
  • Rider numbers including helmet tag; body bib; rear license plate; and RFID chip
  • ID (beer garden access; packet pick-up)
  • 2 full water bottles
  • Energy food/bars for on-the-go nutrition (we’ll have plenty of energy bars and snacks along the route, too)
  • Sunglasses
  • Change of clothes/shoes for post-ride Finish Line fun
  • Towel, toiletries and shower shoes (a shower truck is available at the Finish Line)
  • Rain gear (dare we need it)
Two-day riders: in addition to the items outlined above, make sure to pack:
  • PJs
  • Day 2 riding gear including cycling shorts, jersey, socks, gloves
  • Sweatshirt/fleece/jacket
  • Plastic trash bag(s) for dirty laundry
  • Toiletry kit (NOTE: the hotel will provide towels, shampoo and soap in your room)
  • Shower shoes
  • Change of clothes/shoes for post-ride Finish Line fun (Saturday and Sunday)
  • Phone charger


Here's the scoop on checking your personal belongings throughout the weekend:

IMPORTANT: All participant bags and bikes must be tagged with your rider bib number. Two bag tags are available for your convenience at the bottom of your body bib.
  • Friday, Aug. 11 @ Gas Works Park
    • Bag & Bike Check is open from 3 - 9 p.m.
    • For Two-day riders only:
      • You can drop your overnight bags at Gas Works Park from 3 - 8 p.m.; your bag must be tagged with your rider bib number
      • Bags will be transported to Tollefson Plaza in Tacoma
      • Overnight bike storage is not available.
  • Saturday, Aug. 12 @ Fred Hutch (Two-day riders only)
    • Bag Check is open at the Fred Hutch Start Line from 6 - 7 a.m.; bags must be tagged with your rider bib number
    • If you park in the C-5 garage at the Start Line, you can drop your bag (must be tagged with your rider bib number) in the secure Unloading Zones prior to parking your vehicle in the garage. 
    • Bags will be transported to the Tacoma Finish Line at Tollefson Plaza
    • Bikes can be placed on the racks at the Start Line
  • Saturday, Aug. 12 @ Tollesfon Plaza (Two-day riders only)
    • Two-day riders can securely store their bike overnight inside the hotel in the Ballroom 
    • Two-day rider bags are securely stored behind the front desk within the hotel and available upon hotel check-in (in the lobby)
  • Sunday, Aug. 13 @ Tollefson Plaza (Two-day riders only)
    • Bag Check is open from 5:30 - 7 a.m.; your bag must be tagged with your rider bib number
    • Bags will be transported to the Finish Line at Gas Works Park
  • Sunday, August 13 @ Fred Hutch
    • Bag Check is open from 6 - 10 a.m.; your bag must be tagged with your rider bib number
    • If you park in the C-4 parking garage at the Start Line, you can drop your bag (must be tagged with bib number) within the garage at a secure and supervised Bag Drop Zone (within the garage). 
    • Bags will be transported to the Finish Line at Gas Works Park and available for pickup after 11 a.m.
  • Sunday, August 13 @ Gas Works Park
    • Bag & Bike Check is open from 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.
    • Bags checked at Fred Hutch and Tacoma will be transported to this location and available for pickup after 11 a.m.
    • You must provide your rider bib number in order to pickup your checked bag(s)
    • Bags left at Gas Works Park after 7 p.m. will be taken to the Obliteride office at Fred Hutch
    • Once you cross the Finish Line, dismount from your bike and enter the Finish Chute.
    • If you'd like to use the bike check services:
      • Locate the tent at the end of the chute that corresponds to your route distance.
      • Hand your bike to the volunteer (must be tagged with your rider bib #) and then go grab food, a drink and a shower. 
      • You can retrieve your bike on the East side of the corral in the Bag & Bike Check tent and need to provide your rider bib number to do so.
    • When you're ready to head out, go to the Bag & Bike Check tent (East side of the bike corral) and provide your bib number to the volunteer attendants. Once you've received your bag, head to the Bike Claim area (the volunteer will tell you which direction) to pickup your bike. 
Special thanks to our Bag Check sponsor:

friends & family

Obliteride is all about community. So, we hope you’ll encourage your friends, family, and support team to come on out and cheer you on!
At the kickoff celebration on Friday, Aug. 11
Registered riders may bring 1 complimentary guest to the kickoff celebration. Riders can purchase extra tickets online up until July 28, 2017; $100 for adults ages 13+, $50 for kids ages 12 and below. Riders are required to RSVP in order to receive their tickets by using a special promo code and this link to the Obliteride Ticket office. If you have any questions regarding tickets, email obliteride@fredhutch.org.
At the Tacoma Finish Line on Saturday, Aug. 12
Please email info@obliteride.org by Aug. 7 if you plan to have friends or family meet you at the Tacoma Finish Line for music and food. Overnight stay is for riders only. Guests who want to join the celebration pay $20 each onsite.

Gas Works Park Finish Line Celebration - Sunday, Aug. 13
Guests are encouraged to join you for the Finish Line celebration that will be rocking from 10:30 a.m. – 7 p.m. as we welcome back all riders. The Finish Line celebration at Gas Works Park is free for your friends, family, and the community at-large. See "Guest Food" below for related details.

Cheer along the route:
We are pedaling through many different neighborhoods. Check out the routes to see if your neighborhood is close to the route and come out to cheer on the riders.

Guest Food on Sunday, Aug. 13
Riders have the opportunity to pre-purchase meal tickets for guests via pre-event emails (email obliteride@fredhutch.org if you have questions). Meal tickets allow guests to join the rider in the Food & Beverage tents at the Finish Line (alcohol service not included).

A limited number of meal tickets are available for purchase onsite. Meal tickets onsite are $20 per adult and $10 per kid (ages 12 and under). The best plan is to bring a picnic and eat by the water. The beer garden is open to the public; 21+ required and you must show ID. It's $5 per glass of wine or beer.
Finish Line activities:
Enjoy cheering on the riders as they cross the Finish Line, Beer Garden, and a fabulous music line-up!

bike loaner program

If you indicated that you needed to borrow a bike for Obliteride weekend, we have you covered. Here's what will happen:
  • Make sure you are at the Start Line at least 45 minutes prior to your route's start time.
  • Once you are parked and have arrived at the Start Line area, locate the Loaner Bike tent (just past Packet Pickup)
  • Bicycle Adventures will be there to check you in, assist with getting the bike fitted for you and will handle all paperwork (they'll ask you to sign a waiver)
  • After the ride, you will see a designated area within the Finish Line chute for loaner bikes, please return in this location.
Special thanks to our partner:

route support

To put any worries at ease, here's a few frequently asked questions that we receive regarding the actual ride:

What happens if I'm late?
Obliteride is not a casual start, each route has a prompt start time to ensure rider safety. Make sure you arrive with enough time to be in the chute twenty minutes prior to your start time. Think you’ve allowed enough time? Allow a bit more! We want you relaxed and stress-free when you head out on the course. Be prompt and plan ahead.

ROUTE START TIMES: Please plan accordingly to ensure you're in the chute 20 minutes prior to your start time. Wave assignments will be emailed directly to participants in early August (does not apply for two-day riders). We are unable to accommodate wave requests and will do our very best to ensure all teammates are riding together within the same wave.
  • Two-day riders: 7:00 a.m. (Saturday, Aug. 12)
  • Two-day riders: 7:30 a.m. (Sunday, Aug. 13)
  • 100mi riders: (Sunday, Aug. 13)
    • Wave 1: 7:00 a.m. 
    • Wave 2: 7:30 a.m. 
  • 50-mile riders: (Sunday, Aug. 13)
    • Wave 1: 8:30 a.m.
    • Wave 2: 9:00 a.m. 
  • 25-mile riders: (Sunday, Aug. 13)
    • Wave 1: 10:00 a.m.
    • Wave 2: 10:30 a.m.
We’re riding where?
Take time to familiarize yourself with your route. We’ll have it well marked with signage in our signature Obliteride orange circle arrows at eye-level; arrows on the ground; and course marshals at busy intersections or confusing turns to point you in the right direction. Listen to the instructions of ride officials and follows the signs – we’ll get you where you need to go. Lost? Call the Obliteride hotline at 1-855-854-7679, and we’ll get you back on course. Throughout the ride, please follow all WA state bicycling rules of the road.

Look for lots of these arrows and follow along:

Can I listen to music while I ride?
Headphones, iPods and radios are strictly prohibited while riding.
Do I have to follow typical road signs?
Rules of the road apply. Roads are open and the course is not closed for Obliteride. You will be riding with vehicular traffic. Heed the direction of event staff; we reserve the right to pull you from the ride if you fail to comply with rules of the road and event staff direction.
Who do I call in case of an emergency?
1.   Call 9-1-1 in case of a medical emergency
2.   Call 1-855-854-7679 in case of:
  • Medical emergency (after you’ve alerted emergency respondents at 9-1-1)
  • Lost rider
  • Request a SAG (Support And Gear) vehicle
  • You need mechanical help
I got a flat. Now what?
Call the Obliteride Command Center at 1-855-854-7679  to request a SAG (Support And Gear) vehicle. We’ll be there in a jiffy to give you a lift back to the nearest Rest Stop or start/finish venue where you can get help from a bike mechanic.
I’m just sort of done.
Are you pooped and need to stop before you finish your distance? No problem, just alert the Obliteride Command Center at 1-855-854-7679. Please do not have your personal support team pick you up. For safety reasons, we need to ensure we have you accounted for before you leave the course. And, fewer cars on the road = safer ride for all participants.
Are we there yet?
We’ve got you covered. We have Rest Stops along the route where you’ll find snacks, hydration options, a mechanic, medic and moral support.

rest stops

Wondering what to do if you need a break or more water while you're riding? You're in luck, we take great care of our riders. Rest stops are located every 12-15 miles on each route. See below for the number of rest stops along each route (exact locations and mile markers can be found in the rider handbooks). 

  • 25-mile: 1 rest stop
  • 50-mile: 3 rest stops
  • 100-mile: 5 rest stops
  • Two day:
    • Day 1 - 5 rest stops
    • Day 2 - 3 rest stops
Each rest stop will have beverages, snacks, a bike mechanic, a medic and rest rooms.