15th Anniversary of the Courage Ride


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Registration Fee

Early Bird Adult (through August 10): $75
Adult (starting August 11): $85
Youth (13-17): $15

For Non-Riders

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.

Where and When

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

All routes start and end at the same location - Big Grove Brewery. Riders start at their own time and ride at their own pace. Suggested start time for long route routes is 6:30 - 7:30. All riders should be on the route by 10:30 or 11:00.


6am - 10am - Registration
6am - 2:30pm - Silent Auction
6:30am - 9:00am - Breakfast
7am - Long rides begin
8am - 11am - Short and medium rides begin

Route Maps

Coming soon. Please check back later.








What's Included

Look at everything included with the registration fee:

  • Breakfast and lunch by Hy-Vee

  • Mechanical support and bike repair tent by Geoff's Bike & Ski

  • Maps

  • Plentiful free food at our rest stops

  • Live entertainment at breakfast, lunch, and rest stops

  • SAG Service

  • Free camping and showers at the Iowa Mennonite School

  • Beautiful Iowa landscape scenery on quiet country roads

  • Silent Auction items to bid on at the Iowa Mennonite School

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!

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.

Rest Stops & Entertainment

Big Grove Brewery & Taproom

Open  6am - 5pm
Breakfast  6:30am - 9am
Lunch  10:30am - 1:30pm


Open  6am - 5pm
Breakfast  6:30am - 9am
Lunch  10:30am - 1:30pm


Open  9am - 4pm
Lunch  10:30am - 1:30pm


Open  6am - 12:30pm


Open  7:30am - 1pm


Open  9am - 4pm


Open  7am - 1pm


Open  7am - 5pm 

About the Talent

big grove brewery & taproom

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.

Courage Rest Stop

Stacy Webster and Byron Stevens
8am - 10am

Byron Stevens (upright bass) and Stacy Webster (acoustic guitar) play a wide range of American roots music styles. Classic country, delta blues, bluegrass, folk music from the 60's and even rock songs converted to the timbre of an acoustic duo. No matter your age or musical tastes, you will definitely find something to like in their repertoire!


Ace Jones
10am - 12pm

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

IMS Rest Stop

The Cedar Junction Band
9:30am - 12:30pm

Rob Wallace (Vocals, Percussion): Rob 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 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. 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 (Guitar, Vocals): Tommy 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. Ha 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 PastMasters, a high-energy dance/show band.

Dan Hartman (Guitar, Vocals): Dan is a guitar veteran in the eastern Iowa area with roots of music in country and bluegrass for over 40 years and has been playing guitar for more than 50 years.  Dan's music influences are Waylon Jennings, The Dudleys blue grass group and many more.  Dan's free spirit is heard in the songs he plays and sings for everyone young and old will enjoy.

12:30pm - 3:30pm

Specializing in the Grateful Dead’s catalog and sound from 1969 through the late 1970s, Winterland pulls you back in time to a place where the Dead’s rhythm and blues, folk and country roots were still deeply embedded in their music even as they explored the wild and experimental outer reaches of psychedelic rock. More importantly, though, Winterland channels the music of the Grateful Dead with uncanny authenticity, a sublime fidelity to the Dead’s musicianship, tonality and, in particular, emotional relationship with the audience. Walk into any given Winterland show and witness firsthand: every face is radiant, reflecting the elation of sharing - with the band and with each other - the pure, innovative, beautifully complex music of the Dead. This interconnectedness, which breaks down the barriers between people and music and allows everyone to become collaborators in an elusive web of fleeting, living art, represents an essential unity of musical experience. In other words, what Winterland has attained has proven to be a microcosm of the feat that the Grateful Dead of the late ‘60s to the late ‘70s achieved and escalated to a full-fledged cultural phenomenon. It is a thing of subtle and wily magic, not to be missed.

Band members include:

  • Byron Stevens-bass/vocals

  • Nick Vasquez-keyboards/vocals

  • Stacy Webster-lead guitar/vocals

  • Kevin Wulf-guitar

  • Chad Scott-drums

Wellman Rest Stop

Eric Johnson
10am - 12pm

Eric Johnson is a local sound engineer, musician and veritable rock music scholar. He will be spinning songs from his personal collection that are sure to delight, excite and stimulate your ears as well as touch your heart. 

North English Rest Stop

Shortcut to Nowhere
10:30am - 1:30pm

StN is a good-time band for anyone that has rock n' roll memories from the 70’s through the 2000's. The repertoire has ranged from The Beatles, The Allman Brothers, John Cougar, Cheap Trick and Tom Petty. They primarily play for private parties and fundraisers for both families and non-profit agencies including United Way of East Central Iowa, Tanager, Eastern Iowa Arts Academy, Especially for You Breast Cancer Race, Bikers Against Child Abuse, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and many more, but love to grab a couple "just for fun" gigs throughout the year. 

Band members include:

  • Ben Engle-drums

  • Dan Engle-lead guitar and keys

  • Rue Patel-bass

  • Dan Kuempel-rhythm guitar

  • Shannon Ousley-lead vocals

Silent Auction

Back by popular demand is our silent auction. The auction will be open until 2:30pm the day of the ride. We ask that all baked goods and perishable items be picked up the day of the event. If the winning bidder is unable to take those items before close then the items will be offered to the runner-up. 

Items available this year include:

Marriott and Friends bundle at Iowa River Landing, Coralville

  • One weekend night stay with breakfast for two

  • Massage Heights - massage or facial

  • Scratch Cupcakes - gift certificate

  • 30 Hop - $25 gift card

Homewood Suites at Iowa River Landing, Coralville

  • VIP overnight certificate

  • Complimentary stay in a King Studio Suite

  • Complimentary full hot breakfast and *complimentary evening dinner and drinks (*Mon – Thursday)

The Iowa Children's Museum, Coralville

  • Family Day Pass (good for up to 5 people)

The Olive Garden – Collins Rd, Cedar Rapids

  • 2 packs Olive Garden coffee and 4 bottles syrup gift basket

Take the Cake, Marion

  • Gift certificate for 1 dozen cupcakes

Englert Theatre, Iowa City

  • 2 tickets to any event Captured Live Programming series

KHAK, Cedar Rapids

  • 2 tickets to the Tri State Rodeo, Friday Sept 7

  • Fort Madison, IA, includes 2 koozies and 2 t-shirts

KRNA, Cedar Rapids

  • 4 – tickets to the Cedar Rapids Kernels game August 27

KDAT, Cedar Rapids

  • 2 tickets to the Beach Boys, August 26

  • Taxslayer Center in Moline

Kickstand, Cedar Rapids

  • $ 20 gift card

SkyZone, Cedar Rapids

  • 2 passes

  • 1 t-shirt, 1 water bottle

AirFX, Cedar Rapids

  • 2 deluxe gift certificates, each of which includes:

  • One hour of jump time

  • One pair of AirFX socks

  • One AirFX Color-changing water bottle

  • One souvenir wristband

Lebowski's, Robins

  • Fun t-shirt

BBQ big gift package – Barb Lindstrom

  • Cooler

  • Steam grill cleaner

  • BBQ grill cleaner

  • Spices, table cloth, towels, bowls, sweets

Almost Famous Popcorn Company, Cedar Rapids

  • (4) bags of gourmet popcorn in an attractive gift box.

  • (2) $5 gift certificates, redeemable for merchandise in our store

Diana Brayton, Coralville

  • 4 custom art pieces

The Luxe Zone, Iowa City

  • Complimentary 2 hour interior design consult with 2 bottles of wine.

Hawkeye Sports, Iowa City

  • 2 tickets to the Iowa-Northern Illinois football game in Kinnick Stadium on 9/1/18

7G Distributing, Cedar Rapids

  • Framed Bud Light Mirror

Sag Wagon, Cedar Rapids

  • 2 - $10 gift cards and 2 Koozies

Starbucks - Blairs Ferry Road NE, Cedar Rapids

  • Ceramic travel mug

  • Via instant coffee

  • Snacks

US Cellular Center, Cedar Rapids

  • 2 tickets to Mannheim Steamroller Christmas (December 21, 2018)

Caribou Coffee - Hy-Vee Oakland Road NE, Cedar Rapids

  • Caribou Travel mug

  • Gift card

Northtown Cycling & Fitness, Cedar Rapids

  • $20 gift card

  • True 450 flash headlight

  • Purist water bottle

  • BiKase bike bag

Iowa Brewing Company, Cedar Rapids

  • 1 growler bag

  • 1 64 oz amber growler

  • 1 Free low gravity growler fill

Hall Bicycle Company, Cedar Rapids

  • 2 T-shirts

Cedar Rapids RoughRiders Hockey, Cedar Rapids

  • 2 sets of 2 ticket vouchers each – Green Level tickets

  • 2 RoughRider hockey pucks

Cedar Rapids Kernels Baseball, Cedar Rapids

  • Certificate good for 4 plaza tickets to any 2019 Kernels regular season home game (yes that’s right – pick your game next year!)

Love Your Melon - donated by Lydia Martin, UNI Chapter

  • Gift basket full of Love Your Melon items

Harvest Oil & Vinegar, Coralville

  • Gift package

Tru Salon, Coralville

  • Gift certificate

Kalona Brewing Company, Kalona

  • One KBC cycling jersey. (Either men's or women's jersey)

  • $25 gift certificate

  • One free appetizer/small plate

  • 64oz growler and a free fill

  • Walking tour of the brewing floor for up to six people

Tuscan Moon, Kalona

  • $100 gift certificate

Sea Glass Fine Photography, South Portland, Maine

  • Fine art gift certificate - limited edition 12" fine art print selected from wide variety of images. Or apply full value amount to any larger print, etc.

World of Bikes, Iowa City

  • Custom built wheel set (Boyd Cycling Alloy rims and DT Swiss 350 hubs)

Riverside Casino & Golf Resort, Riverside

  • Free hotel stay (Sun-Thurs)

  • 2 free lunch buffets

Eye Associates, Iowa City

  • Smith Optic Sunglasses

Blaze Salon, Coralville

  • Gift certificate and various items

Z102.9/KZIA Radio, Cedar Rapids

  • Gift pack with movie tickets, DVD, CD, t-shirt and swag

Push Skateboards, Iowa City

  • Rainbow deck

  • Soccer jersey

Reha Greenhouses, Wellman

  • Ceramic Pig Planter

Maple Avenue Greenhouse, Kalona

  • Two knockout rose bushes

And Much More!