RAGBRAI volunteers still sought for Jefferson, Boone legs

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Planned RAGBRAI street closures in Boone will need volunteer crossing monitors.

Perry-area RAGBRAI enthusiasts are invited to volunteer for logistical support when some 20,000 bicyclists pass through Jefferson July 23 and Boone July 24 on the annual great bike ride.

All volunteers will receive a free volunteer T-shirt to wear on the day the riders pass through.

In Jefferson, dozens of volunteers are still needed for general set-up, tear down and decorating, for the beverage garden, entertainment and special events, transportation, the information booth and other duties.

Volunteers can select the times when they are most available.

Volunteers for the Greene County leg are invited to fill out a volunteer application and deliver it via email or in person to Sherry Graven at the county engineer’s office in the Greene County Courthouse.

For more information, visit the Jefferson RAGBRAI website.

Volunteers for the Boone County leg of RAGBRAI should sign up by Friday, July 13 in order to receive a t-shirt and to enter their names — once for for each shift they work — into a drawing for a chance to win one of two $25 gift certificates.

A number of planned street closures in Boone will make plenty of work for volunteer crossing monitors.

For more information or to volunteer, contact Kris Blocker at 515-432-3342 or at office@booneiowa.us, or visit the Boone County website.

The RAGBRAI route south from Boone and through the Ledges State Park has been changed due to the recent high rainfall and flooding of the Des Moines River, which has left parts of the Ledges under as much as 20 feet of water. Park staff, local public safety officials and RAGBRAI organizers this week opted to re-route the popular bike ride around these flooded areas.

With approval from the Iowa Department of Transportation, riders will now leave Boone eastbound on U.S. Highway 30 and ride about 1 mile before turning south and proceeding about 3 miles on Quill Avenue (R27), where riders will rejoin the original route. The new route will decrease the day’s distance by 3 miles.

Flooding in the Ledges State Park has forced the RAGBRAI route to be altered. Source: Iowa Department of Natural Resources

 

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