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RAGBRAI leaves Cedar Rapids, heads to Anamosa


After celebrating the 40th Anniversary of the Register's Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa with Counting Crows and more than 20,000 people, cyclists have left the City of Five Seasons and are headed to their next stop, Anamosa.

Before leaving the city limits of Cedar Rapids, riders were greeted with "Breakfast on the Bridge" in the Czech Village/New Bohemia area of Cedar Rapids.  The area was actually the first "pass through town" on the route to Anamosa.  Organizers believe it is the first time that the same city has been an overnight stop and a pass through town.

Despite adding thousands of more people to Iowa's second largest city, organizers feel like things went well.

According to Greg Buelow, Public Information Officer for the Cedar Rapids Fire Department, medical staff treated 102 bicyclists during the event.  Buelow says three were taken to local hospitals.  Two for dehydration and one concert staff worker for a hand injury.

Sarah Corrizo, media specialist at St. Luke's Hospital, says their emergency room treated 15 cyclists for injuries ranging from heat exhaustion to falls.

Riders will make their way through Mt. Vernon, Springville, Viola and Fairview on the way to Anamosa for the next overnight stop.

KWWL will have a live report from Mt. Vernon on the KWWL News at Noon and live reports from Anamosa on the KWWL News at 5 and 6.

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