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Courage Ride

Courage Ride, honoring the life of Seth Bailey, is an annual bike ride through rural Iowa.

Courage Ride is dedicated to improving the lives of those affected by sarcoma.


New in 2019

We’ve moved the start/finish to Big Grove Brewery and Taproom in Iowa City. This year features six paved routes, ranging from a 5 mile family fun ride to a century ride. Although we have moved, riders will still enjoy riding out and through the Amish countryside.

Pedal south of Iowa City along the scenic Iowa River to Hills, Iowa before heading west through Riverside, Iowa towards the gently rolling countryside near Kalona, Iowa. You will love riding past breathtaking Amish homesteads and over old stagecoach routes before returning to Big Grove for a victory party!

Non-riders are welcome so bring your family and friends. This year the Courage Ride will be held at Big Grove Brewery in Iowa City so we will have activities and entertainment all day long. Meal tickets are available for purchase. We welcome you to join and celebrate our 15th anniversary!


100+ Men Who Care: Hawkeye Chapter Selects Courage Ride to Receive Over $15,500 for Sarcoma Cancer Research at the University of Iowa


Over 200 members of the 100+ Men Who Care: Hawkeye Chapter have selected Courage Ride to receive their first philanthropy donation of 2019 at their first quarterly meeting on February 21st. Courage Ride is an annual charity bike ride that has raised over $510,000 for sarcoma cancer research at the University of Iowa’s Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center over the past 14 years.

The 100+ Men Who Care: Hawkeye Chapter brings together 100+ men in the Corridor who care about local causes and want to immediately impact their community. Their mantra is “Simple Concept, Big Impact.” Over 100 men gather quarterly, raising $10,000 or more in less than 100 minutes. Members commit to donating $100 at each meeting where they listen to three presentations from member-nominated charities and then vote on a winner.

Courage Ride is the first 501(c)3 non-profit organization to be selected twice by the Hawkeye Chapter. Courage Ride was also nominated and selected in 2016. A check presentation for over $15,500 was made April 8th at the Courage Ride monthly board meeting at the University of Iowa Tennis Center in Iowa City.

“We are extremely grateful to have been selected for a second time to receive this gift from the 100+ Men Who Care: Hawkeye Chapter”, said Leora Houghton, Courage Ride Director. “These dollars will go along way in funding more seed grants for sarcoma cancer research and they will help support one of the largest sarcoma tissue banks in the Midwest.”

Courage Ride Donates $70,000 to Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center

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Thank you to everyone who supported Courage Ride in 2018. We enthusiastically gave a check for $70,000 to the Sarcoma Research Program at the UIHC Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center. These dollars help seed grants for additional sarcoma research studies. We could not have done this without the support of our riders, volunteers, givers and sponsors.

Let’s do it again Saturday, August 17, 2019!

Partners & Sponsors of the Courage Ride