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RAGBRAI Founders Statue

Ask yourself a simple question: “What would my summers and my life be like without RAGBRAI?” Could you imagine? No, we couldn’t either! Each of us has worked behind the scenes of RAGBRAI, and like you, has pedaled countless miles as part of this iconic Iowa treasure. RAGBRAI has had a profound impact on our lives and we are asking you and your team to join us to help sustain our monument to the founders of RAGBRAI, Donald Kaul and John Karras.

This statue is a small gesture toward thanking John Karras and the late Donald Kaul for giving us so many wonderful summers of lasting memories and lifelong friendships over the past 47 years. The statue was installed in the summer of 2020, and we encourage you to go see it in Water Works Park in Des Moines! We are still accepting donations so that we can continue to maintain the statue for years to come. Click here to contribute to the RAGBRAI: River to River sculpture commemorating John Karras and Donald Kaul. Contributions to the project are tax deductible.

To those who contributed to this statue and helped make the dream a reality, we are grateful. To those who are considering a donation for future maintenance, we truly appreciate your consideration. To all of the RAGBRAI nation who contributed to this project, thank you for helping us to properly commemorate RAGBRAI Founders John Karras and Donald Kaul.


Please, download and complete the donor card or click this link to make your online contribution today through the Greater Des Moines Public Art Foundation!