RAGBRAI 10 days away, overnight towns still need host families - KWWL - Eastern Iowa Breaking News, Weather, Closings

RAGBRAI 10 days away, overnight towns still need host families

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CEDAR FALLS (KWWL) -

Thousands of people from all over the country will take brief residence in Eastern Iowa soon.

RAGBRAI riders will hit Cedar Falls two weeks from Wednesday, many of them needing places to stay overnight.

RAGBRAI coordinators are still looking for host families to help those riders out.

Coordinators in Cedar Falls say they currently have about 300 volunteers, but need 500.

"We're still looking for volunteers to host riders in their home, just letting them camp in your yard, and let them have access to a shower or a hose," said Mary Taylor with the Cedar Falls RAGBRAI committee.

Rider Cindy Dodd knows all about staying in a stranger's home.

"We have been participating in RAGBRAI for many years and have enjoyed being hosted by other families," said Dodd.

So much so, that she decided to open her home to others.

Dodd and her husband can expect a group of eight to ten riders from Colorado.

And with nearly 13,000 riders coming from all over the country, Dodd says it's an opportunity like no other.

"If we can offer someone a few towels and a shower, it's a win-win. Because we'll get to make some new friends," said Dodd.

Mary Taylor with the RAGBRAI committee says if they don't have enough volunteers or host families, they'll just have to make due with what they have.

If you'd like to sign up to host a family, you can do so here.

The Hiawatha RAGBRAI board says they're also short volunteers.

They say they have about 300 volunteers, but need around 550.

The Hiawatha Ragbrai site can be found here.

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