Courage Ride

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The Courage Ride is known for its scenic bicycle ride through the Amish countryside near Kalona and for its entertaining rest stops, where riders are treated to live music and unique treats served by volunteers. It offers distances to suit any cyclist’s abilities. This year riders can choose from six paved routes and four gravel routes, with distances ranging from 16 to 102 miles. All routes begin with a rolling start at Iowa Mennonite School, 15 miles southwest of Iowa City.

The registration fee for adults is $75 through August 11 and $85 after that date; a flat fee of $15 for youth, ages 13-17; and free for children 12 years and younger. Registration includes a free breakfast and lunch, SAG support, and rest stops with entertertainment. A free event t-shirt is provided for riders who register before August 1. In addition, Courage Ride bike jerseys can be purchased at

Courage Ride was founded by Jackie and Tom Bailey in 2005 to honor their son, Seth, who died at the age of 25 after an eight-year battle with sarcoma. Since then, the event has continued to grow in number of participants and amount of dollars raised. All proceeds go to the University of Iowa Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center Sarcoma Research Program. Eighty-five percent of the program's research funding comes from the Courage Ride. To date, those dollars have seeded numerous sarcoma research grants and supports one of the largest sarcoma tissue banks in the Midwest. The Courage Ride fundraising goal for 2017 is $60,000.

Riders can also participate in silent auction featuring items from a variety of area businesses, organizations and craftsmen and free skin cancer screenings by University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics dermatologists.

Visit for route maps, registration information or to make a donation.

  • Presented By: Seth A. Bailey Courage Group
  • Dates: August 19, 2017
  • Location: Iowa Mennonite School, Kalona, Iowa
  • Address: 1421 540th St SW
  • Phone: P: (319) 551-6032
  • Time: 6:00 AM to 6:00 PM
  • Price: $15-85
Courage Ride
  • 1421 540th St SW
  • Kalona, IA 52247
  • August 19, 2017
  • Iowa Mennonite School, Kalona, Iowa
  • $15-85