The clubs, teams and riders of RAGBRAI have asked how they can help honor the founders of RAGBRAI that have provided 43 years of summertime fun. John Karras and Donald Kaul founded RAGBRAI as a challenge that became the oldest, longest and largest bicycle touring event in the world. To honor these legends of RAGBRAI, a fund has been created to commission bronze statues of the two men’s likeness with their bicycles.
The suggested location of the statues is the developing donor garden plaza that is planned for the north shoreline of the Jackson Street Pedestrian Bridge (or Green Bridge) that crosses the Raccoon River on the bike path that travels from downtown Des Moines to Gray’s Lake. That is being refurbished thanks to a $2.7 million fundraising project by local advocates. The statues will remind cyclists for generations about the founders and the birthplace of RAGBRAI!
To kick off the fund, the Des Moines Register & RAGBRAI has pledged a $20,000 start up gift to honor the legends. The project is estimated at $100,000 to properly honor the men as well as maintain the statue for many years.
We hope you will contribute to the cause. Send checks payable to:
RAGBRAI FOUNDERS STATUE FUND
c/o Iowa Bicycle Coalition
P.O. Box 5562
Coralville, Iowa 52241
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