Event Name:Courage Ride
Event Location:Iowa Mennonite High School, 1421 540th St SW, Kalona, IA 52247
Event Date:August 24, 2013
Benefactor:Proceeds fund sarcoma cancer research at Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center
Organization Name:Bicyclists of Iowa City
Event Description:Treat yourself to an enjoyable ride over gently-rolling hills, past the Amish homesteads of Kalona, and over old stagecoach routes. Several routes are planned, from 16 to 100 miles. Registration: $50 in advance, $60 day of ride. Includes Dad's Belgian Waffle Breakfast, hot showers, lunch, rest stops, detailed route maps and SAG support. The Century ride leaves IMS around 7 am; other rides depart between 8 and 11 am. New this year: Courage Ride cycling jerseys. $65. Sizes: Men's club cut (M,L,XL,2X,3X); Women's (M,L,XL,2X). All styles feature full-length zipper. Register online or the day of the ride. Jersey orders may be placed when you register, or email Martin Bunge at firstname.lastname@example.org (add $6 for shipping). A record 460 registered riders took to the road in 2012, raising $35,000 for cancer research at the Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. Bicyclists of Iowa City organize the ride. For ride information and to register or donate: www.courageride.org.
Event Other Detail:We have raised nearly $200,000 since the ride started in 2005. Nearly $150,000 has gone to the Holden Cancer Center since we started partnering with them in 2007. In that time, the sarcoma specialty research has gone from non-existent to a full time researcher with 11 clinical trials underway (more than any other specialty at HCCC). This researcher has also started a consortium of midwest sarcoma cancer researchers (one of only three networks in the country) to collaborate on trials underway at other facilities. He credits the ride with providing the seed money to assure his trials have adequate funding to see them through to completion. Sarcoma is a very rare and difficult-to-treat cancer. Our ride has helped raise its profile and help a local cancer research facility gain national recognition for their efforts.