Cedar Rapids colleges are opening their arms to RAGBRAI 40th Celebration riders. Lonnie Zingula, Associate Director of Marketing and Public Relations at Coe College, said Coe is opening part of the campus to anyone wh
o wants to camp. “We won’t have access to dorms, but you can pitch a tent, shower and eat,” Lonnie said. Coe College is also planning a welcome tent on the
edge of town to pass out “welcome to Cedar Rapids gifts” and water. If you want to camp at Coe College, Lonnie can be reached by phone at 319-399-8613, or by email at email@example.com.
Lonnie is riding with the Coe College RAGBRAI team, CoeBRAI. This is Lonnie’s 8th year on RAGBRAI, and each year he rides with the Coe team. CoeBRAI is composed of Coe employees, alumni, friends of the college, and friends of past riders. The riders are half local and half from other states, including North Carolina, South Carolina, Utah, Nebraska and Missouri. The team is equally composed of men and women, and their ages range from 22 to 70.
“I really hope Cedar Rapids embraces RAGBRAI because, in my experience, the towns that do the most get the most out of it,” said Lonnie. “Not everybody loves it, but if Cedar Rapidians can put up with it for a day and show off our city, I think it will be a wonderful experience for both Cedar Rapids and the RAGBRAI participants coming from all over the world.”
Of course, part of the fun of riding on RAGBRAI is the fun events each city holds for riders. “I’m personally thrilled that Counting Crows is going to be performing here,” said Lonnie. I’ve loved them for years!” Join Lonnie and celebrate with the RAGBRAI riders at the overnight stop in Cedar Rapids on July 26, 2012.