Norwalk will celebrate as the Hometown for Heroes when 10,000-plus bicyclists and their support crews pedal into town on Tuesday, July 23, on RAGBRAI, the Register’s Annual Great Bike Ride Across Iowa. How does the community claim the title?
“We’re proud to be a community known for heroes of all types, not just our celebrity heroes like Brandon Routh and Jason Momoa, as much as we love them, “says RAGBRAI Committee Co-Chair Jaki Livingston.
“We chose our theme – Hometown for Heroes – because we want to emphasize that there are many, many amazing people in our community who do heroic acts every day,” she adds. “We recognize that our heroes certainly include educators, law enforcement, firefighters and EMS, active duty and veterans of the military, business owners and their staffs, the medical community and caregivers, members of the clergy, volunteers, active families and especially neighbors helping neighbors. We ARE a Hometown for these heroes and many more.”
Co-chair Jim Lane agrees: “RAGBRAI gives us the perfect opportunity to salute all the people in Norwalk who make this a special community. We will celebrate our successes as thousands of visitors enjoy music, great Iowa food, photo opportunities, and more at a day-long event.”
Riding by Freedom Rock
Lane notes that RAGBRAI’s route has been changed to allow bicyclists to visit the Warren County Freedom Rock at Warrior Run on the edge of Norwalk. Previously, riders were to head south a mile sooner but now can stop for photo opportunities at the 10-ton boulder painted by artist Bubba Sorenson commemorating the USS Iowa and a Warren County soldier heroic in World War II.
Livingston and Lane cited just a few of the local heroes who will be saluted throughout the day from the music stage in City Park
“RAGBRAI could not come to Norwalk at a more exciting time,” Livingston said. “We have so much to celebrate and so much happening. Now we get to share our community with people from all over the world who come to Iowa for RAGBRAI.”
RAGBRAI riders will hear other good news about Norwalk, Lane says:
Join us Tuesday, July 23rd for a fun-filled Norwalk celebration!