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Ride with IPAF | Other Ways to Join/Support the Team

Each July, the Des Moines Register holds the Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa (RAGBRAI) and the IPA Foundation will, for the fifth year in a row, sponsor a team for the week-long trek across the state of Iowa.

As ambassadors for the association and our profession, the IPA Foundation RAGBRAI team connects with Iowa pharmacists and pharmacies along the route, serves fellow riders with first aid and OTC treatments, and educates Iowans on the important role of pharmacy.

Any Iowa pharmacist, pharmacy technician or student pharmacist is welcome to join this weeklong adventure on two wheels, spreading the word about pharmacy from river to river. For a taste of what the week holds, read our 2017 RAGBRAI recap

IPA Foundation RAGBRAI Team

Ride with IPAF

The team will be limited to 20 weekly riders and an additional 10 daily riders per day. A wait list will be used for additional interested riders. The team will be divided into three groups: beginner, intermediate and advanced. Each team will have a captain and 5-7 additional riders with a list of pharmacies to visit for the day.

The IPA Foundation RAGBRAI team is a professional team of pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, and student pharmacists with a primary objective of representing the pharmacy profession across the state. The team uses this unique opportunity to display the expertise, accessibility and patient care provided by pharmacy professionals while displaying IPA’s values of collaboration, advocacy, innovation, education, engagement, leadership, and positive patient outcomes in all we do.

If you are choosing to ride RAGBRAI for other reasons, this may not be the team for you. Unprofessional behavior will not be tolerated and will result in immediate expulsion from the team.
Week-Long Riders Benefits:
  • IPA Foundation Team Bike Jersey (free)
  • Transportation to the start and from the finish (meet at IPA’s office in Des Moines)
  • 2 days of laundry service
  • Indoor accommodations with host families (as available)
  • All of the benefits of daily riders…
Daily Riders (up to 3 days) Benefits:
  • IPA Foundation Team Bike Jersey (discounted rate)
  • Transportation of gear and supplies
  • Official registration through RAGBRAI
  • Official RAGBRAI wristband
  • Camping with host families or on the RAGBRAI campgrounds (if needed)
  • Snacks for each day
  • Water and coffee available each day
  • Personal Shower Tents (shower bag is rider’s responsibility)
  • SAG Service for half-day riders or tired riders if needed
  • Electrical Charge Station
Week-Long Rider – MAX 20 Riders Early (by March 1) Late (by March 31)
Pharmacist Member $800 $1000
Technician/Student Member $450 $600
Non-IPA Members (includes spouse & children) $1000 $1150
Daily Rider By May 31
 (max 3 days)   $125/day

Two Step Registration:
Step 1:
  • Go to
  • Login/Create Profile
  • Join a Group - in the Search field, enter either “IPA Foundation” (for weekly riders) or “IPAF Daily Riders;” select "Join Group"
  • Ride Options - select appropriate option
  • Merchandise - optional RAGBRAI merchandise available; IPA team jerseys come directly from IPA
  • Personal Info - update as needed
  • Your Story – optional
  • Waiver - complete Waiver as directed
  • Payment - do not submit payment to RAGBRAI.  All fees are paid directly to IPA, including payment for optional RAGBRAI merchandise.
Step 2:  
Registration Deadlines
Weekly Riders: Early – March 1; Final – March 31
Daily Riders: Final – May 31

Other Ways to Join the Team

Not a rider? Not a problem. The IPA Foundation RAGBRAI Team is more than riders. Join the team through a supportive role.

We are looking for hosts in the overnight stops along the route and volunteer drivers to help get the team from the Missouri River to the Mississippi River. If interested, contact IPA at or 515-270-0713.

Sponsorship opportunities are available to support the entire team or a specific rider (once team is set). Click here to make a sponsorship payment
2018 Sponsors
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