Sunday, February 15, 2009

A fortnight until CoeBRAI registration deadline

That’s right, in just two short weeks I’ll be finalizing the roster for Team CoeBRAI 2009. Around 40 people have expressed interest in participating with the official Coe College team on RAGBRAI XXXVII, but only 16 have registered here. Six people have sent me their initial payment of $200, which is due by March 1 along with a signed waiver, which you will receive upon registering. The remaining $175 will be due July 1.

I know it’s difficult to make plans for July in February, but logistics require that we follow this timetable and it is our policy that all participants must be registered. If you are still planning to join, could you let me know and fill out a registration? If you are no longer interested, let me know and I’ll stop badgering you.

For those who can only manage a couple days, we can accommodate part-time riders also at a fee of $50 per day. Half of the total is due March 1, along with your online registration and signed waiver. The remaining half will be due July 1.
As space allows, transportation may also be available from Cedar Rapids to Council Bluffs on July 18 ($100) and/or from Burlington to Cedar Rapids on July 25 ($50).

Registered CoeBRAI riders who must cancel for any reason will receive refunds according to the following sliding scale: 75 percent on or before May 1, 50 percent on or before June 1 and 25 percent on or before July 1. While we understand that life happens, we must insist on a no-refund policy for cancellations after July 1. (In other words, by registering now and paying the initial $200, you're only risking $50 by May 1, $100 by June 1 and $150 by July 1.)

RAGBRAI XXXVII cuts a 442-mile route through the southern half of the state. Beginning in Council Bluffs on July 18, the ride will stop in Red Oak (July 19), Greenfield (July 20), Indianola (July 21), Chariton (July 22), Ottumwa (July 23), and Mt. Pleasant (July 24) before ending in Burlington on July 25. It's the sixth-shortest route of all time and the 22,806 total feet of climb ranks as the 10th most in RAGBRAI history.

We are again actively seeking hosts from among the Coe family at each of the overnight towns. If you know someone in one of the overnights who would like to host us, send me their contact information.

You’ve got two weeks to register online. After creating your profile (or logging in to your RAGBRAI account for veterans), you should choose to join the group CoeBRAI (#32344) before submitting your entry. Please do not send signed waivers or any payments to RAGBRAI. Instead, those should be sent to me, the group contact. Checks should be made payable to Coe College.

Although the Register's online entry deadline is April 1, we encourage you to meet our March 1 deadline for the initial payment so that we can have a handle on the number of participants, which will be capped at 30.

If you have any questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to contact me. Information will also be communicated on our Web site and on this blog.

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