15th Anniversary of the Courage Ride


Where and When

August 17th, 2019 6:00am
Big Grove Brewery
1225 South Gilbert Street
Iowa City, IA 52240

New Start/Finish Location: Big Grove Brewery & Taproom in Iowa City. Registration opens at 6 a.m.


Early Bird Adult (through August 9): $75
Adult (starting August 10): $85
Youth (13-17): $15
Children 12 & under are free.


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.

Overnight Accommodations

If you are traveling to Courage Ride from far away and need a place to stay overnight, the Iowa City/Coralville area offer several choices for hotels, bed and breakfasts, campgrounds and RV parks. Click below to learn more and book your stay:

Courage Ride Parking

Parking is available at the following locations. It is a short bike ride on the Iowa River trail to Big Grove from most designated parking locations. Signs will be posted for Courage Ride event parking.

What’s Included

Look at everything included with the registration fee:

  • Breakfast and lunch by Big Grove & Hy-Vee.

  • Cyclists receive detailed maps, SAG support and bike mechanics.

  • Rest stops with food, drinks and live music.

  • Live entertainment at breakfast, lunch, and rest stops.

  • Free skin cancer screenings performed by University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics dermatologists.

  • Silent Auction items to bid on at Big Grove.


6:00 am - 9:00 am - Registration
6:00 am - 4:00 pm - Silent Auction
6:30 am - 9:00 am - Breakfast @ Big Grove
10:00 am - 12:00 pm - Fun Ride Begins @ Big Grove
11:00 am - 2:00 pm - Lunch @ Big Grove
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm - Big Grove victory party

Courage Ride has a rolling start, but generally, cyclists riding 40+ miles will leave between 7:00 am and 8:00 am while cyclists doing shorter rides will leave after 8:00 am.

On The Stage at Big Grove

  • Breakfast: Karla Miller

  • 10:30-1:30: Cedar Junction Band

  • 12:00: Speeches from doctors and our 2019 Patient Honoree Parker Kress

  • Big Grove Victory Party: Cedar County Cobras

Rest Stops


Open 7:30 am - 5:00 pm
Entertainment: Billy Heller plays from 9:00-11:00

IMS SCHOOL (Hillcrest Academy)

Open 8:30 am - 4:00 pm


Open 7:30 am - 4:30 pm
Entertainment: Ace Jones plays from 8:30-12:30


Open 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Lunch 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Entertainment: Mission Bluegrass Band plays from 10:30-1:30


Open 9:30 am - 2:00 pm

Route Maps


5 MILE Fun Ride (starts at 10am)

Route Map
Cue Sheet


Route Map
Cue Sheet


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Cue Sheet

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Route Map
Cue Sheet

Skin Cancer Screening

All participants and community members are encouraged to participate in the free skin screening at the Courage Ride. From 8-11am, UI Dermatologists will be available. No appointment needed. All ages are welcome.

Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States. Melanoma is the deadliest form of skin cancer and can develop anywhere in the body (mouth, nails, scalp, internal organs, etc), not just on the surface of the skin. Everyone is at risk- it doesn’t discriminate by age, race or gender. Because melanoma is aggressive, monthly self-skin exams and yearly professional exams are recommended for early detection. Every hour of every day, someone dies of melanoma. Get your skin checked!

Steps to Reduce Risk

Because 90% of melanoma cases are linked to UV exposure, limit your time outdoors and DO NOT use indoor tanning devices (there is no such thing as a safe tan, regardless of what the tanning salon tells you). Incorporate these prevention tips into your daily routine to decrease your skin cancer risk and keep your skin looking healthy and young.

  • Do not burn. Ever.

  • Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 (higher SPFs don’t necessarily provide better protection).

  • Apply sunscreen 20 minutes before you actually need it.

  • Apply a shot-glass amount of sunscreen to your body every 2 hours (or sooner if swimming or sweating).

  • Wear long sleeves and pants, wide-brimmed hats, and sunglasses.

  • Enjoy the outdoors in the SHADE!

  • Plan activities in the early morning or late afternoon when UV rays aren’t as strong.

Live Music

Karla Miller

Karla Miller is a singer/guitarist and sometimes songwriter from Coralville, Iowa. She has played guitar for 52 years and sung all of her life. Miller has performed with several other local musicians over the past 45 years or so at many venues, including bars, benefits, churches, rallies, parties, and Fireside Winery. Her music covers several genres. In the 70’s and 80’s, Karla played “Women’s Music” and political music, as well. She and her band once opened for Holly Near. Karla has played with Laurie Haag, Tess Catalano, Brian Lewis, among others. She was part of a group of a local musical review focused on anti-war and anti-oppression music. The review included Pigs and Clover, the Machine, Jesus Don’t Like Killing, and Greg and Jean Thompson. Karla performed as Voice of Reason. These acts focused on anti-war, feminist/humanist, anti-oppression music and songs of empowerment. Karla also has enjoyed playing children’s music and songs for almost all occasions.

Karla has been involved with Seth Bailey’s Courage Ride since its inception, taking pictures and playing music. She highly respects the Bailey family and believes deeply in this cause.

Karla Miller plays at Big Grove during breakfast.


Ace Jones

Ace Jones is a Sunnyvale, California native Singer/Songwriter from Marion, Iowa. He writes, records, and produces his own music out of his home studio. He performs from street corners to big fairs and festivals all over the United States. His live set consists of originals and covers that he grew up listening to that ranges from pop, rock, folk, and delivers a range from high energy to somber reflection, the emotion Ace emits is stunning. He currently travels with his wife and 4-year-old son Phoenix. Ace is fit to entertain people of all ages! His biggest influences are Andrew McMahon, Nick Torres, Matchbox 20, Blink 182, Nick Santino, Dave Smallen, Anthony Raneri and Johnny Cash. http://www.acejonesmusic.com

Ace Jones plays at the Courage Rest stop from 8:30-12:30.


Mission Bluegrass Band

The Mission Bluegrass Band is a faith based group consisting of 4 members from the First United Methodist Church in North Liberty. Three members also play in the Mission Praise Band at the church. Members are Lyle Mueller on banjo and vocals, Dave Jansen on guitar and vocals, Jim Mitchell on guitar and vocals and Dennis Boyd on bass and vocals. The group has been together for several years and primarily performs at retirement centers, nursing homes and fund raisers. They like to play the old time Bluegrass Gospels and some American Folk Songs.

Mission Bluegrass Band plays at the North English rest stop from 10:30-1:30.


Cedar Junction Band

Cedar Junction Bank is a three-piece band where the Cross Roads of Rock, Country and Bluegrass meet.

Rob Wallace (Vocals, Percussion) - Rob Wallace has extensive experience as a lead vocalist on the eastern Iowa music scene for over 20 years, and has fronted several popular eastern Iowa bands including Brass Transit Authority, Soul Sacrifice, The Cedar Junction Band, Stranded in Iowa, Jampact, The Toys and Strange Exchange. Rob lived in Los Angeles in the mid 80's, fronting vocals for an aspiring L.A. rock band to a record contract with the Geffen Record label. In the early 90's Rob made his way to Nashville, recording background vocals for several studios and recording his original songs with several Nashville up and coming artists including back up band members for veterans Susie Bogus and Wynonna Judd. Rob will bring his distinctive vocal talents to sing the rock, country and R&B songs people want to hear and dance to in eastern Iowa.

Tommy Bruner began playing the guitar in 1969 at age 16. His professional career began in 1974, first as a lead singer and a bit later as a guitarist. Some of his former bands include Dixie Flier, Madness, Gladstone Parnell, The Blue Sparks From Hell, The Indiana Band and Molly Nova And The Hawk. In 2002 Tommy co-arranged and played guitar on all tracks on Molly Nova's debut CD "Another Shade Of Blue', which subsequently won Best Blues Recording at the 2003 Minnesota Music Awards. He has also been a contributor to Premier Guitar Magazine/Tommy has had more than twenty original songs covered or recorded by various regional artists over the last 30 years. He has also opened for dozens of national artists. Recently, Tommy lent his guitar to two cuts on Gayla Drake Paul's new CD "GDP Plus 3". Tommy continues to write and perform original songs as a solo artist and occasionally with percussionist Rob Wallace. He also tours as a permanent member of Past Masters, a high-energy dance/show band.

Dan Hartman has been making great music with the Kick it Band and many others for well over 40 years he knows how to bring great music to the stage.

Cedar Junction Band plays at Big Grove from 10:30 am-1:30 pm.

Cedar County Cobras

Cedar County Cobras arrive with a collection of instruments to play boot-stompin' music that has been described as contagious, acoustic rockabilly, dancing bluegrass, or brand-new old-time country with the gritty sound of soulful blues. Bring out your dancing shoes and enjoy some Iowa music.

Cedar County Cobras play at the Big Grove Victory Party from 2:00-5:00 pm.


Billy Heller

Billy has been playing the guitar since 1973 with several bands and lots of touring over the years. Billy was also a studio guitarist for various jingles and artists. He played with Christian Rock band “Fighter” which released two albums and toured with major Christian artists. Billy enjoys playing many solo acoustic gigs. Find his schedule at www.billyheller.com

Billy Heller plays at the Hills rest stop from 9:00-11:00.


Courage Ride Silent Auction Starts New Chapter At Big Grove

The popular Courage Ride Silent Auction has a new home at Big Grove Brewery and Taproom.

After you get checked in for your ride and enjoy a great breakfast with live music, be sure to check out our Silent Auction. The Silent Auction begins at 6:00 AM and ends at 4:00 PM. Check out all of the great items donated from local businesses, organizations, and artisans. We are sure you will find something you'd like to bid on.

All silent auction proceeds go to the Sarcoma Cancer Research Program at the University of Iowa Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Here is a sneak peek at some of the donations so far:

  • 30Hop

  • AirFX

  • Almost Famous Popcorn

  • Cedar Rapids Kernels

  • Family SmileCare Center

  • Marriott At Iowa River Landing

  • Northtowne Cycling & Fitness

  • Cedar Rapids Rough Riders

  • SkyZone Cedar Rapids

  • Czech & Slovak Museum

  • And more great items are coming in everyday! See you there!