Thank You for a Great 2014 Courage Ride!

Thank you again for your participation in the Courage Ride this year! Despite the weather, we had a great turnout -- over 400 riders registered for the event! Once again we raised over $40,000. Those funds will be donated to the Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics to facilitate sarcoma cancer research.

Those of us who help organize the ride each year think the Courage Ride is something special. What other ride feeds you breakfast and lunch, has wonderful rest stops stocked with a variety of home made food and live music!

We are so lucky to have dedicated volunteers who work loads of hours to bring you this ride. A special shout out this year goes to Ryan Baker and his wonderful staff at World of Bikes. They've been strong supporter of the ride since it began, but this year they spent the early morning hours outside in the rain, servicing bikes while the rest of us were inside, feasting on breakfast burritos and coffee!

Next year will be the 10th anniversary of the Courage Ride. We have some terrific things planned to mark the occasion. The 2015 Courage Ride will be held August 22, so make plans now so you won't miss the fun!

To keep up on the exciting things we've got planned for 2015, be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter.


Honoring the Courage of Seth Bailey

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Join us! Pedal over gently rolling green hills leading past Amish homesteads and over old stagecoach routes!

Enjoy! Fabulous foods all day from start to finish; a hearty breakfast by Iowa City/Coralville Hy-Vee, a substantial biker's lunch, and plentiful snacks at rest stops that will keep your legs fueled and moving!

Relax! The hills will be alive with the sound of music! Live entertainment throughout the day - even at the rest stops!

Silent Auction! Place a winning bid on bikes and other fantastic items in our silent auction!

Amenities! Detailed route map, SAG support, bike mechanics, hot shower, free grass camping, and a really cool Courage Ride helmet cover.

Donate! Your entry fee goes to a great cause! This annual bike-ride through the beautiful countryside of Eastern Iowa is dedicated to improving the lives of people living with cancer by raising money funding local cancer research at Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center at The University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. Your donation can help find a cure for sarcoma and other cancers!

Non-riders welcome! Bring your family and friends. Breakfast tickets may be purchased on the day of our ride at Iowa Mennonite School. Lunch and snacks are available for purchase as well. Stay with us and enjoy the music all day long!

History of The Courage Ride

In November 1995, seventeen-year-old Seth Bailey was passionate about sports. A junior at Iowa Mennonite School, he was surprised when a sore leg turned into something serious. A diagnosis of soft-tissue Synovial Sarcoma came as a shock to all who knew Seth. After a valiant fight, he died in 2003 at age 25. This ride was organized as a tribute to Seth and to others who have been diagnosed with cancer.

In 2005, spear-headed by his parents, fiancé, and friends, this event was organized and executed by an all-volunteer team with the support of local businesses, including our flagship sponsor Hills Bank. Many families affected by cancer raised money and participated in this and subsequent rides.

In 2007, the Bicyclists of Iowa City (BIC) met with the Baileys and combined their fall ride, enhancing the ride and providing energy and expertise to the event. BIC volunteer participation continues to be a crucial element in the ride’s success.

The 2009 Amish Tour to Cure Cancer Bike Ride, a splendid and colorful ride through beautiful Amish country in the fall, launched from the Iowa Mennonite School near Kalona, Iowa. 326 riders took place in this event and raised over $30,000 for the Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.

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