Participant Package Update

I received an email from a Mariah – RAGBRAI Office Specialist. I thought I would share the Cliff Noted Version:

They just started shipping participant packages. They will continue to ship through June and into July. You should recieve an email with a tracking # and when your packet was shipped.

That was great follow-up that I didn’t even ask for. ;) I guess they read my Forum post here.

22 Replies

ppayne1959, June 21, 2016 at 7:45 am

The new phone books here!
The new phone books here!!!


KenH, June 21, 2016 at 7:57 am

So, what is the non-Cliff Notes version? The reason I ask is that they did not “just” start shipping packages, people have been reporting getting theirs for some time now. An earlier report from a well informed source said they had been shipping 500 packets a day. Something must have gone wrong with the process and even though it really doesn’t matter simple human curiosity wants to know!


Gthomp0419, June 21, 2016 at 8:20 am

my email dated June 20, 2016 @ 10:29 AM

“Hi Gary,
We just recently started shipping participant packages. We continue to ship the packets through June and into July before the ride.”

The rest isn’t important. It’s from Mariah – RAGBRAI Office Specialist.

Pretty cool that she sent an email just by reading my forum ?. Great follow up.


Gthomp0419, June 21, 2016 at 8:24 am

“Okay. It was never easy for me. I was born a poor black child. I remember the days, sittin’ on the porch with my family, singin’ and dancin’ down in Mississippi.”


Craig Parson, June 21, 2016 at 2:26 pm

“That Patty must be a sweet girl”


Nico ZZZ, June 21, 2016 at 2:36 pm

Die Gas Pumper!!!!


Gthomp0419, June 21, 2016 at 3:59 pm

“For one dollar I’ll guess your weight, your height,or your sex.”

“You have my last name tattooed right there under the j’s! First I get my name in the phone book and now I’m on your ass! You know, I bet more people see that than the phone book.”


bevelyn382, June 21, 2016 at 11:28 pm

So frustrating to not have packets yet. Our group is getting anxious and bit nervous. Everyone wants to know why they are not here yet. We may still have a month to go until Ragbrai but still frustrating waiting. Not sure if we had to wait this long in previous years.


KenH, June 22, 2016 at 8:14 am

I received my shipment notification from the USPS by email early this morning, 1:07am (!) to be exact. So they haven’t stopped shipping them out yet and it is too early to panic. I do feel like they are shipping later/slower than usual this year but as I have said in one of the threads on this topic this is also the first year I have acted as the group contact. I never paid any attention to this detail in past years.


Nico ZZZ, June 22, 2016 at 12:12 pm

Just got an e-mail from Ragbrai – delivery expected in two days US Priority Mail. My teammate got his a couple of weeks ago, and he signed up a couple weeks after me, but his last name is alphabetically B and mine M. Who knows?

“I’m picking out a thermos for you….”


KenH, June 22, 2016 at 3:01 pm

Interesting comment about names. If they are going alphabetically then today could be the day they are doing H thru M or thereabouts assuming it goes by individual name for individuals and team contact name for teams. Or do they go by team names for teams and individual names for individuals? In that case it would be roughly M thru O (as in Old Rocketeers) day today. Either way it will be a few more days before they get to “Wind in our hair” bevelyn382! Assuming they go alphabetically….


Sandaltan ., June 22, 2016 at 7:31 pm

What if the team number is the factor…or SSN…or the square of the geographical distance…..lions and tigers and bears OH MY!

RIDE RIGHT I remain unconcerned.


ppayne1959, June 23, 2016 at 8:43 am

I would like to put all minds at ease, I spoke with a known expert on this who actually lived in Iowa once. The packets are sent out on a lottery basis. Once the initial lottery is completed they prepare all the rider packs and then give them all random numbers. Next they put all those numbers into a lottery system and pull them in groups for shipment. Once that is complete they give each group a randomized number and put them into a lottery system to determine in what order they ship. Then they assign them all to a specific calendar day. Once those assignments are made they assign a randomly picked alpha character to represent each day. Then all those characters are submitted to a lottery style selection to re-assign the order in which they will ship. It is really very simple and reliable. I am sure they will arrive shortly.


Megandoty, June 23, 2016 at 11:23 am



Gthomp0419, June 23, 2016 at 7:29 pm

“Don’t call that dog “lifesaver”, call him “Shithead.””


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