Cherokee needs you for RAGBRAI

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Volunteer recruitment will be under way soon for Cherokee's effort to host RAGBRAI XL on Sunday, July 22.

A Volunteer Recruitment Committee will be formed to spearhead the search for a vast number of area residents willing to help host an estimated 15,000-20,000 RAGBRAI riders and support people for the first overnight in Cherokee.

Many people are needed to fill various positions. The 18 local committees to be involved in the effort need people of all ages to help with things like greeting riders as they ride into town, providing local information and directions at the information centers, serving on clean-up crews, providing homes and yards for riders wishing to stay or camp there, and putting up signs.

The committees will be seeking volunteers and their ideas to help make this year's event as successful as RAGBRAI XXVI and XXX, which Cherokee hosted in 1998 and 2002. Even if you can't help on July 22, volunteers are still needed to assist in the planning and preparation stages now under way.

RAGBRAI is the longest, largest and oldest touring bicycle ride in the world. It brings to Cherokee, the first overnight stop, riders from all 50 states and 18 foreign countries.

An estimated 50 percent of the riders are professionals such as doctors, nurses, lawyers, teachers, business owners, managers, etc. As the 40th annual RAGBRAI, this year's event promises more riders than normal, with 15,000 expected, which could swell to 20,000, according to organizers.

If you don't have access to a computer, you may sign up at City Hall, or the Chamber of Commerce office.

Students can sign up at their respective school office.

For more information, call City Hall at 225-5749, or the Chamber at 225-6414.

Get out there and be a part of RAGBRAI, folks! It's a rolling, fun-filled festival of Iowans and their communities putting their best feet forward for the benefit of thousands of friendly, impressionable visitors from all walks of life.

It's a magnanimous task, but this community has showed its spirit and stepped up for past RAGBRAIs, and is today widely considered by RAGBRAI officials and participants as one of the best overnight stops of any town anytime, anywhere!

Come on, Cherokee! Answer the call!