EvergreenHealth 7 Hills of Kirkland – one of the Northwest’s premier cycling events.
Whether you choose the traditional 7 Hill Route (approximately 40 miles), the popular Metric Century Route, or the challenging Century Route, you’ll enjoy the beautiful scenery. Travel at your own pace through urban, suburban, and rural roads, on a holiday when cyclists seem to outnumber vehicles.
Start at the Kirkland waterfront, follow the signs and “Dan Henry’s” to great food stops, challenging ascents, and wonderful descents. Climb Winery Hill and be rejuvenated by the applause of your own cheering section and the lovely strains of Neil the bagpiper.
This event is a fundraiser for Attain Housing (formerly KITH), a 501c3 charity which assists individuals and families on the Eastside who are caught in a homelessness crisis. Whether people are living in their cars, housed temporarily in shelters, or facing eviction, Attain Housing will work with them as they stabilize their family in safe housing and work on goals to help them create a stronger future including finding and retaining permanent housing. Attain Housing cares and so do our wonderful cyclists.
Attain Housing is a grassroots organization and the committee of volunteers which runs EvergreenHealth 7 Hills of Kirkland has been raising support for Attain Housing for 15 years. General feedback from participants is that whether 40, 60, or 100 miles, the route is well-marked, well supported with technical and road assistance, and great fun. It’s often used as a training ride by STP riders. Participants have a high return rate and love the great food (made by volunteers), friendly faces at rest stops (manned by volunteers) and fun, festival-like finish at Marina Park where they’re greeted by sponsor booths, water, and delicious strawberry shortcake (made and served by volunteers).
Grow stronger and help homeless families grow stronger, too.
Attain Housing is growing and so is the event, with pre-registrations increasing each year. A sellout of 1500 is expected in sun, and over 1100 in rain. In addition to the sense of accomplishment from the great ride, participants can take pride in knowing they are helping families succeed in their uphill climb to overcome homelessness.