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Coralville rolls out the red carpet for RAGBRAI riders

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CORALVILLE (KWWL) -

Coralville volunteers  rolled out the red carpet getting ready for RAGBRAI riders' grand entrance.

A 24 ft wide by 200 ft long red carpet lines East 9th Street through the Iowa River Landing to welcome 15,000 "star-studded" cyclists into Coralville Friday.

“We had eight guys that made the rugs, it took about four  hours to make it and then another hour to put it down here,” said Randy Ward, owner of Randy's Carpet.

Ward donated the giant carpet and says his crews had to use a 305 degree  hot iron to seam the giant red carpet together.

“We're really setting the stage today,” said Nicole Kroul. “So we have our giant 200 foot long carpet, we'll put down our walk of stars today."

Kroul, a member of the Coralville RAGBRAI committee says they wanted to give a grand entrance into the Iowa River Landing for the riders.

Randy Powers has been a cyclist for at least 40 years and is from New York.

He  says he's already loving the fame.

“To think about all they had to go through, each little town to get ready for this is amazing, and I am impressed,” said Powers.

“Riding the Red Carpet” is the theme in Coralville as they have a lot live entertainment the whole family can enjoy.

Kroul says RAGBRAI helps give a makeover to the city and they couldn't do it without the 700 volunteers who helped.

“It takes a small army to put on something like this,” said Kroul. “With our split campus having the entertainment taking place here in the IRL [Iowa River Landing] and on the campgrounds at S.T. Morrison Park. We need a huge amount of people to help us pull it off.”

Coralville is the last overnight town before riders take the final 68-mile stretch to davenport, ending the 2015 RAGBRAI ride. 

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