The 12th Annual Courage Ride Gravel Ride—Sat., Aug. 19, 2017, Iowa Mennonite High School, 1421 540th St SW, Kalona, IA 52247. About 15 minutes SW of Iowa City
An enjoyable ride over gently-rolling hills, past Amish homesteads of Kalona, and over old stagecoach routes. Six paved routes are planned, from 16 to 110 miles.
Gravel routes: 20-30, 50-70, and 100 miles (some are new or modified for 2017)
Advance registration for adults is $75 and youth (13-17) is $15 through August 11. Starting August 12, adult registration is $85. Event t-shirts included with registration before August 1st.. Includes breakfast, lunch, hot showers, rest stops, detailed route maps and SAG support. It’s a casual start, however the longer rides (80+ miles) generally leave IMS around 7 am; other rides depart between 8 and 11 am. The ride is known for its entertaining and well-stocked rest stops, many with live music.
The Courage Ride raises funds for cancer research at the Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. Over $44,000 was raised in 2014; more than $295,000 has been raised since 2005. The Courage Ride is sponsored by Bicyclists of Iowa City. For ride information, to register or to donate: www.courageride.org.