Unfortunately, after evaluating the current situation surrounding Coronavirus (COVID-19) and great concern for the safety of the general public, the townspeople, riders, support drivers, volunteers, the Iowa State Patrol troopers, safety officials and staff, it will not be safe nor feasible to host the inaugural Iowa’s Ride on July 12-18, 2020.
Our top priority has always been the safety of everyone that would be involved in the event. We carefully monitored the evolving pandemic and consulted with health and safety officials across the state and country and town leaders to base any decisions. With Governor Reynolds closing all Iowa schools for the year (several were planned to be used for campgrounds) and recommendations to not continue the ride from the various law enforcement agencies, emergency managers, city managers and mayors, county supervisors, local hospital officials and other safety agencies that have been involved with the planning of Iowa’s Ride, we knew the ride could not continue as planned. We do greatly appreciate your patience as we explored all possible options and assessed the health risks and the level of stress the event might place on the local health system and emergency services before taking this course of action.
Some people will ask why we could not wait longer to decide as the pandemic is ever changing. We tried to hold out as long as possible in hopes that the world would begin healing. We also know the reality that the clock was ticking to lock in many requirements to host the ride including insurance, permits and licenses. Some of these are required to be secured and paid for 60 days prior to the event…..
To read the full statement Iowa’s Ride statement, including requesting refunds and the refund deadlines, please visit Update on Iowa’s Ride 2020/Coronavirus and Event Safety.