Those bicycle riders you might have seen spinning through Kirkland Monday weren’t just out for a holiday ride. More than 1,000 riders this Memorial Day were cycling to end homelessness. The 7 Hills of Kirkland ride began and ended at Marina Park downtown, and Kirkland Patch was on hand for the start.
Sponsored by and supported by the all-volunteer Kirkland Kiwanis, the annual event generates funding for KITH, the Kirkland Interfaith Transitions in Housing to support the service agency’s mission of helping the Eastside's homeless and at-risk families.
Last year’s ride netted $73,000 for the non-profit service agency, and KITH is hoping to beat that substantially this year.
Riders choose from three routes: the traditional 7 Hills Route (approximately 40 miles), the popular Metric Century Route (about 60 miles), or the challenging Century Route (100 miles). The traditional route climbs those seven hills: Market, Juanita, Seminary, Norway, Kingsgate, Winery and Rose.
Take a spin through our photo gallery here!