Iowa City idea

I have an idea if it hasn’t been thought of already by the RAGBRAI crew, any possible way to have the route go past the Children’s Hospital on our way through town so the kids can get a wave from 15,000+ bike riders? Logistics might be a nightmare but they shut down that area for every home football game so a lot of the same logistics would apply. Or at the very least have some cameras right on the edge of town with big signs telling people to wave to the kids and have a live feed on the stadium board or right into the hospital televisions? Just a thought, I’ve heard T.J. reads the forums so maybe this will put a little bug in his ear.

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BenToland, January 27, 2018 at 9:33 pm

Last time Coralville was a stop over night we rode all through the university, so i could see this happening.

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Cory Rood, January 27, 2018 at 9:42 pm

It would be a travesty to not ride past the hospital.

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Tropictrev, January 27, 2018 at 9:42 pm

As A Pediatric Oncology Nurse, I LOVE this idea. I vote YES!

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Don Raatz, January 27, 2018 at 10:47 pm

This would be a great way to honor an amazing group of kids and a tradition that only the people of Iowa could pull off. Go for it!!

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prince page, January 27, 2018 at 10:58 pm

this would be awsome!!

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Michrider !!!, January 28, 2018 at 8:29 am

Great idea

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T. Gap Woo, January 28, 2018 at 9:41 am

Leave it to Ragbrai’ers to come up with such a terrific idea! Please allow me to expand upon the idea.

In the same spirit of the “Mile of Silence”, let’s have a “Block of Noise” as we roll past the hospital. In addition to waving, ring your bells, honk your horns, and make some noise! I’ll give my ooga horn a workout. Let’s be loud enough to warn the next pass-through town that Ragbrai is on the way! The kids will love this.

See you along the I-O-Way in July.

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RustyC, January 28, 2018 at 9:42 am

That is a totally awesome suggestion!

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cronec, January 28, 2018 at 9:46 am

As a fan who has been in Kinnick stadium many Saturdays and experienced “the wave”, I think this is a great idea. It is unbelievable the feeling one gets waving to those children and their families. This would give 15,000 riders the opportunity to experience something so amazing.

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John Richardson, January 28, 2018 at 10:05 am

I am in total agreement with all the previous post!

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Erossxm671, January 28, 2018 at 11:50 am

I love that idea to go by the hospital!!!!

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Cory Rood, January 28, 2018 at 3:04 pm

It needs to be on the way into Iowa City though, If it’s on the way out it will be to early and over the kids to see it. Whereas on the ride into town will be long and drawn out.

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TedPatterson, January 28, 2018 at 5:50 pm

This is a great idea. Please TJ make it happen !

Rock On!

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Alan_50501, January 28, 2018 at 7:46 pm

This would be a great idea unfortunately I can’t do this day due to a wedding on Saturday

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timf, January 28, 2018 at 7:54 pm

Love it and the kids will love watching thousands of bikes falling down while waving.

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