Overnight Town Committees Get History Lesson
With just 50 days to go until RAGBRAI, the eight RAGBRAI Overnight Host Town Committees came to Des Moines for a planning workshop. Close to 50 leaders from Council Bluffs, Red Oak, Greenfield, Indianola, Chariton, Ottumwa, Mount Pleasant and Burlington shared their experiences and networked with their fellow host committees.
A surprise visit from RAGBRAI co-founder John Karras started the meeting off with tales from the past including a history lesson on Clarence Pickard’s legendary ride across the state. When asked what is the most shocking difference from the original journey, he answered, “the numbers!”
Karras told the group he plans on riding the entire ride this summer including the Karras Loop. He explained his request to alter the name of the loop a few years back.
“The John Karras Loop sounded like a memorial loop… and I’m still around,” he explained. The optional loop is officially now referred to as just the “Karras Loop”.
As these final two months wind down, all of the overnight town’s committees and communities are excited about hosting RAGBRAI and they are looking forward to a great summer!