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Iowa City seeking volunteers for RAGBRAI

University of Iowa mascot Herky enters a news conference as the Iowa City RAGBRAI logo is unveiled at MERGE in Iowa City on Tuesday, Apr. 17, 2018. (Stephen Mally/The Gazette)
University of Iowa mascot Herky enters a news conference as the Iowa City RAGBRAI logo is unveiled at MERGE in Iowa City on Tuesday, Apr. 17, 2018. (Stephen Mally/The Gazette)

More than 500 volunteers will be needed to keep RAGBRAI running smoothly when the annual bike ride comes to Iowa City, according to a media release.

Volunteer tasks include staffing information centers, campgrounds and beverage gardens, assisting with hospitality, trash and recycling, shuttle assistance and volunteer check-in, according to the release. Volunteers will receive a T-shirt and access to volunteer stations in exchange for a three-hour shift.

Iowa City will be an overnight stop on Friday, July 27, with a theme of ‘Book it to Iowa City’ and a downtown party in the works.

RAGBRAI, the Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa, draws about 12,000 cyclists annually. This year’s route The route is pegged at 428.1 total miles with 12,576 feet of climb. This makes it the seventh shortest and fourth flattest in the ride’s history.

Interested volunteers can sign up through the United Way of Johnson and Washington Counties website, volunteer.unitedwayjwc.org. Volunteer training will take place at 5:30 p.m. on July 12 at Mercer Park, 2701 Bradford Drive.

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