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RAGBRAI Gives Back donates more than $400,000 to Iowa communities

  • 4 August, 2023

As bicyclists pedaled through Iowa over the past week, they grabbed snacks from local fundraisers, ate dinner at local restaurants and helped RAGBRAI raise more than $400,000 for local communities all across Iowa.

RAGBRAI Gives Back, the annual bicycle ride’s charity arm, will donate $415,143 to the towns that were a part of this route as well as the Dream Team, a program that trains underprivileged youth to ride on the cross-state trek.

“To be able to give back to the communities that gave our riders so much is special and important,” said Anne Lawrie, cycling director of Ventures Endurance, RAGBRAI’s parent company. “Those communities donated hundreds of hours of time and brought out hundreds of volunteers to produce a life-changing week for riders who came to rural Iowa from all over the country and all across the world.”

Specifically, RAGBRAI will give $5,000 to each of this year’s 32 pass-through towns; $10,000 to the seven meeting towns; and $15,000 to eight overnight towns.

The RAGBRAI community fund, which riders can opt to donate to during registration, will give an additional $65,143 divided equally between the eight overnight towns and Dream Team.

This year, RAGBRAI also partnered with GoFundMe to allow riders to set up individual fundraising pages for specific causes.

As of Friday, those fundraising pages had raised a total of $159,210. About $11,000 of that was raised on Monday’s “I Ride 4” day, which was designated for cyclists show their pride, share their stories and raise some money for causes close to their hearts.

“We hope to continue to grow our community fund, so that we can see the impact not just during the week of RAGBRAI, but long after our tires have been dipped,” Lawrie said.



COURTNEY CROWDER, the Register’s Iowa Columnist, traverses the state’s 99 counties telling Iowans’ stories. She co-directed, “Shift: The RAGBRAI Documentary,” which is currently playing in movie theaters across Iowa. You can reach her at (515) 284-8360 or Follow her on Twitter @courtneycare.

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