The Ottumwa Courier

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March 13, 2013

RAGBRAI reveals 2013 route

Mahaska, Keokuk, Jefferson and Van Buren County communities are pass-through towns

OTTUMWA — While Oskaloosa and Fairfield are preparing for an onslaught of cyclists and visitors as overnight stops on this year’s RAGBRAI event, other area communities prepping for this year’s race.

Over the weekend, RAGBRAI officials revealed the specific route and the pass-through towns that will see thousands of cyclists making their way to their next destination.

After the riders’ overnight stay in Oskaloosa on Thursday, July 25, they will depart the next day along Highway 23 toward Cedar, the first pass-through town on Friday, July 26, followed by the community of Fremont.

From Fremont, cyclists will move toward Hedrick and Martinsburg on Highway 149, then onto Highway 78 and then County Road V63 to Packwood, and then later onto County Road H33 to the overnight city of Fairfield.

On Saturday, July 27, cyclists will depart Fairfield, and make their way through the Villages of Van Buren County with pass-through visits to Birmingham, Keosauqua, Bentonsport and Bonaparte, before heading to Fort Madison where cyclists will dip their front tires in the Mississippi River.

Fairfield theme, logo to be revealed today

Fairfield RAGBRAI officials will announce the theme and unveil the logo for its overnight stop at 9 a.m. today at the Fairfield Arts and Convention Center conference room. RAGBRAI will roll into Fairfield on July 26. The community last held an overnight stop in 1997.

“We are excited to share our RAGBRAI theme and logo to our community and across the state,” said Dennis Lopp, Fairfield RAGBRAI executive co-chairman. “We believe our logo and theme will really capture the essence of Fairfield and the excitement and opportunities to be enjoyed by the riders and the community during our celebration of RAGBRAI XLI.”

For more information, contact Lopp at 641-226-8682, dennis.lopp@g-mail.com or Rustin Lippincott, Fairfield Iowa Convention and Visitors Bureau at 641-472-2828, rlippincott@travelfairfield.com.

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