RAGBRAI is a Blue Zone
RAGBRAI ends today. It is one of the largest organized week-long recreational activites anywhere. Officially the (Des Moines) Register Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa, the 2015 event included 17,000 registered participants for the entire 7 days. Thousands more tag along for a day or two near their homes.
With neighbors, we hosted an extended family group of ten, including children down to age 5. The family had gathered from Charleston, SC, Pittsburgh, PA, Ames and Iowa City, IA to spend a week together. We supplied showers, beds, laundry facilities, supper and breakfast. Many other Waterloo-Cedar Falls residents supplemented the official campground at UNI.
The sheer numbers of bicyclists created local traffic havoc for hours as they snaked their way from Souix City to Davanport covering 467 miles (the shortest route ever). The towns affected got to meet interesting folks from nearly every state and several foreign countries.
We thoroughly enjoyed getting to know our guests. The families we hosted have enjoyed a full week together seeing and meeting Iowa and its people.
Read “The Blue Zones” and “Thrive” by Dan Buettner. Plan to have a Blue Zones experience of your own.
Jay Ginther, MD