RAGBRAI friends, we’re here to answer your questions
Greetings, RAGBRAI friends,
As you’ve probably heard, we’ve had a bit of change here. TJ and the rest of the RAGBRAI staff decided to resign – and yes, we were surprised. The good news is that The Register is still committed to hosting RAGBRAI in 2020. The ride will go on.
You understandably have some questions. As you can imagine, we here at the Register don’t have all the answers yet. As with any transition, we’ve got a few things to work through. RAGBRAI and the Register have been through leadership changes before and we’ll get there. We want to assure you that the staff at the Register is working quickly and hard to address your questions and make plans for the ride.
There’s no group of people more committed to RAGBRAI than those of us here at the Register. A number of us have spent years planning for and sweating through participation in the oldest, largest and longest recreational bicycle touring event in the world. And many Register staffers have managed to sneak away from the busiest week in the office to ride a few days or even the whole week ourselves.
As you know, RAGBRAI was founded in 1973 by two Des Moines Register columnists, Donald Kaul and John Karras. RAGBRAI is at the very heart of the Register in the same way it’s in the hearts of all of you.
Thank you for your patience as we work through this transition. We’re grateful for that and for you. We’ll be posting updates to RAGBRAI.com often and will continue to update you via this newsletter too.
The forums are back up. Also, look for a Q&A once we know more about our plans for 2020 and beyond. In the meantime, if you have questions, please email me, Anne Lawrie, RAGBRAI marketing manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org. We’ll do our best to answer them.
I was born and raised in Des Moines. I graduated from Hoover High School and attended the University of Iowa. I’ve seen firsthand the impact that RAGBRAI has had on communities across Iowa and look forward to a great RAGBRAI 2020.