Friday, August 9, 2013

Obliteride Bike Ride And Other Magnuson Events Makes For Heavy Sand Point Traffic This Week-End


Laurelhurst resident, Kristen Sanders, is one of the key organizers for this week-end's fundraising event "Obliteride, the bike ride to end cancer at Fred Hutch" happening at Magnuson. Kristen's husband Mark is riding the 180-mile route in honor of his father who is fighting cancer.

The free event will have live music, including family-friendly bands, Nowhere Men, playing music of The Beatles,80s Invasion, and Kalimba, and an Earth, Wind & Fire cover band, as well as food and beer.

On Saturday for the kids will be the Radio Disney Kid’s Zone and on Sunday, the Not-Its!, will be playing kids music.  There will also be an 18-foot slide, a hydro blaster, bouncy house, bike-related crafts, a prize wheel and more.

Riders will leave Magnuson Park at 7:30am on Saturday and  most will return between 10-2pm.  The longer riders who do the 180-mile ride will  finish on Sunday after spending the night at University of Puget Sound in Tacoma.
To register for the 25-mile rid go here. Community members are also invited to get involved by lining the routes and cheering on riders as they come through neighborhoods throughout western Washington. Here is a maps of the four routes. 

This event is expected to have over 1000 people along with spectators along the route so there will be congestion from Magnuson along Sand Point Way and riders will leave and return via NE 65th Street. Seattle Police will be providing traffic control at the intersection of NE 65th Street and Sand Point Way NE.

There are also four other large events to be held at Magnuson. "Congestion is likely within the park and along Sand Point Way NE so please plan accordingly," Seattle Parks and Recreation advises.

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