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Kids Spin Wheels for Cancer Research: Fun Obliteride Events for Kids and Families

From Sunday, May 17 and beyond

Perhaps you have a small pedaler who's itching to spin her wheels for a great cause, or maybe you're looking for an incentive for your family to get active this summer? This might be for you. Obliteride, a three-year-old biking event that raises money to support groundbreaking cancer research at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, has expanded its events this year to include kids and families in several new ways. The events start this Sunday, and you can also plan ahead for later this summer.

Check these out:

Sunday, May 17: Ob'little'ride: At this free event, kids ages 3–10 are invited to decorate their bikes and ride in a bike parade at University Village in Seattle. There's also kids' yoga, kids' zumba and a performance by Mr. Brian & His Good Buddies, plus a balloon artist, trampoline and more. 11 a.m.–2 p.m.

Saturday, July 11: Obliteride Kids’ Ride at Mercer Island Summer Celebration in Mercerdale Park. Kids ages 3-13 can ride a one-mile loop (or more loops, if they are ambitious); $20 to participate. If they are interested, kids can collect pledges for the number of laps they ride by downloading a pledge form on the Obliteride website.

Sunday, August 9: Obliteride. Kids ages 10–17 can pedal their own bikes on the new Obliteride 10-mile route around Lake Union; while younger kids (3–9) can ride attached to their parent’s bike on a tag-along or tandem bike. (The accompanying parent must pay a $100 registration fee and commit to raising $500 to ride the 10-mile route.) Funds raised will be directed to women's cancer research.

Beyond the bike events, kids can raise money for Fred Hutch cancer research in other ways, from lemonade stands to bake sales, car washes or bike-a-thons. "Over the last two years, we’ve had kids raise money through their bar and bat mitzvah projects, ask for donations to Obliteride in lieu of birthday presents and organize walk-a-thons," says Obliteride executive director Amy Lavin.  "We encourage kids to get creative and do something that’s fun and meaningful to them."

Obliteride also offers four more challenging rides on August 9, ranging from 25 to 150 miles, for people who are ready to commit to doing even more to fund cures. Register to ride or volunteer at Obliteride.org.

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