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Eastern Iowa native will run RAGBRAI

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RAYMOND (KWWL) -

In one week, thousands of cyclists from across the country will be making the trek across Iowa for the 41st Registers Annual Great Bike Ride Across Iowa, or RAGBRAI.

One Eastern Iowan has decided to ditch the bike this year and run it instead.

"It will be fun," said Richard Kresser, Raymond native.

Kresser soon will be lacing up his shoes for the biggest running challenge of his life, running the more than 400 mile bike ride across Iowa.

"I'm actually going to be running the Karras loop making the 2nd day a 100 miles day so it's going to be somewhere around 423 miles," said Kresser.

Kresser's mom, Joan, plans to ride with him for a few days. She said she wasn't surprised when she heard of his plan to run the whole thing.

"Well it isn't the first crazy idea he has come up with but we were hoping it wasn't going to be true but now that we've decided he definitely going to do it and seen his enthusiasm he has for it we're definitely behind him one hundred percent," said Joan Kresser.

Kresser has competed in ultra marathons, but it was when the Army Captain was deployed in Afghanistan he had the idea to run the whole thing.

His goal is raise enough money for a bio feedback treatment program for the Iowa Veterans Home in Marshalltown.

"It's where they don't need any sort of medication for it. It hook you up to electrodes and you can measure your responses to PTSD and chronic pain and help kind of lower those through using some mind control issues," said Kresser.

Kresser says while raising awareness for Iowa veterans he hopes to take in what RAGBRAI is all about.

"With the entire community aspect of it and just going through all the small Iowa towns," said Kresser.

Kresser has already raised $6,500 towards his $25,000 goal. He says he will be taking donations on the route.

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