Hiawatha to host RAGBRAI riders

The city of Hiawatha is looking for volunteers to help out when the community plays host to approximately 15,000 RAGBRAI riders July 23.

Hiawatha will host RAGBRAI riders July 23.
Hiawatha will host RAGBRAI riders July 23.

The Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa held its first ride in 1973, when a challenge was initiated by Des Moines Register writer/copy editor, John Karras, and columnist Don Kaul.

People liked the idea so much they held another the following year and it has since become one of the biggest Iowa events of the year. Bicycle riders come from all over the world for the chance to participate in RAGBRAI.

Hiawatha last hosted RAGBRAI riders in 2004.

The ride will begin July 19 in Sioux City and end July 25 when riders reach Davenport and dip their tires in the Mississippi River.

Stops along the way include Storm Lake, Fort Dodge, Eldora, and Cedar Falls, and Coralville.

City Administrator, Kim Downs, and Parks and Recreation Director, Kelly Friedl attended the RAGBRAI announcement Jan. 24 in Des Moines.

“We are very excited about RAGBRAI’s overnight stay in our community and want to make it the best night ever,” said Friedl, Hiawatha. “This will be an opportunity for us to show them why Hiawatha is a great place to live, work, and play.”

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