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The 17th Annual Courage Ride, is a charity bike ride benefiting the University of Iowa’s sarcoma cancer research program. Courage Ride will resume as both an in-person and virtual event this year. It also has added a second start/finish location at the Washington County Fairgrounds that will take riders along the Kewash Trail to Keota. Courage Ride will also return to Big Grove Brewery and Taproom in Iowa City.

The Washington location will offer two routes along the beautiful Kewash Trail, a limestone surfaced trail along a former railway.

Big Grove will offer six routes that will continue to take riders through the scenic Amish countryside near Hills and Kalona and out as far as Washington and Keota, Iowa for the longer routes. A 5 mile Family Fun ride to the Terry Trueblood Recreational Area is also being offered.

Courage Ride is following federal, state and local pandemic guidelines, as of May 2021, to ensure a safe ride experience in 2021. COVID measures are subject to change as regulations, restrictions and recommendations change prior to our August 14th event.

Courage Ride honors the life of Seth Bailey, a courageous young man who died at age 25 from sarcoma cancer in 2003. His parents, Jackie and Tom Bailey partnered with Bicyclists of Iowa City (BIC) in 2005 to create a ride that all levels of bicyclists can enjoy.

Courge Ride organizers anticipate between 600 to 700 bicyclists to register for the event. Beginning at 7:00 a.m., bicyclists will travel on 8 different routes. Routes from Big Grove include lengths of 5, 18, 37 (Seth Bailey Courage Loop), 58, 72 or 107 (The Tom Bailey Century) miles. Routes from the Washington County Fairgrounds include lengths of 17 and 35 miles.

Bicyclists at Big Grove can also participate in a silent auction featuring items from a variety of area businesses, organizations and craftsmen along with free skin cancer screenings by University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics dermatologists. The local community is also welcome to participate in the free skin cancer screenings.
A Live Facebook Fundraising event will be held Thursday, August 12th at

Proceeds Support Sarcoma Cancer Research: All proceeds from Courage Ride go to the University of Iowa Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center Sarcoma Research Program. Over the past 16 years, Courage Ride has raised over $660,000 for sarcoma cancer research.

To date, Courage Ride proceeds have seeded numerous sarcoma cancer research grants. Many of those grants have evolved into promising, larger scale research studies. This newfound momentum in the Sarcoma Research Program has created a lot of enthusiasm among researchers, investigators, doctors and cancer care providers at the Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center. The results are leading to new advancements, new partnerships and attracting some of the best research talent in the nation. Patient lives are improved as a result of these research studies and the Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center is gaining worldwide recognition for its expertise in advancing sarcoma research.

Courage Ride’s mission is more crucial than ever considering that funding for cancer research has been shrinking over the past 10 years, according to the American Association for Cancer Research. Yet cancer remains one of the nation’s costliest diseases. The American Cancer Society’s 2020 estimates for soft tissue sarcomas in the United States (these statistics include both adults and children) project that 13,130 new soft tissue sarcomas will be diagnosed (7,470 cases in males and 5,660 cases in females) and 5,270 Americans (2,840 males and 2,430 females) are expected to die of soft tissue sarcomas. Over 100 adults and children in Iowa are diagnosed with sarcoma each year. Sarcoma receives one to two percent of all cancer research funding.

Discount For Early Registration
Registration is now open. Early adult registration is $75 (through Friday, August 6). Beginning August 7, adult registration is $85. On-site registration Friday, August 13 and 14 is $90. Youth registration (13-17) is $15. Registration includes breakfast and lunch, entertaining rest stops and SAG support. A victory party with live music will be held throughout the afternoon.

Visit for more information about the event including registration, route maps, parking, or to make a donation.

  • Presented By: Seth A. Bailey Courage Group
  • Dates: August 14, 2021
  • Address: 1225 S Gilbert
  • Phone: P: (319) 551-6032
  • Time: 6:00 AM to 5:00 PM
  • Price: Advanced Adult Registration (through Friday, August 6th) $75. Week of Registration-Adult (starting Saturday, August 7th) $85. On-site Registration-Adult (Friday, August 13 and Saturday, August 14th) $90.00. Youth (13-17) $15. Children 12 & under are free.
Courage Ride
  • 1225 S Gilbert
  • Iowa City, IA 52240
  • August 14, 2021
  • Big Grove Brewery & Taproom- Iowa City
  • Advanced Adult Registration (through Friday, August 6th) $75. Week of Registration-Adult (starting Saturday, August 7th) $85. On-site Registration-Adult (Friday, August 13 and Saturday, August 14th) $90.00. Youth (13-17) $15. Children 12 & under are free.