Fridays & Saturdays
The Hotel Pattee, which the Raccoon River Valley Trail goes right in front of in the town of Perry, presents live music most Friday and Saturday evenings from 7 to 10 p.m. (The occasional Thursday, too.) The shows are outdoors in Soumas Court if the weather is good, or inside the hotel if it's not. As you've probably heard, trail users are the No. 1 marketing target of Hotel Pattee owners Jay and Denise Hartz, so pedal on in for the music, and also for great dining, desserts and overnight accommodations. You can monitor the musical line-up right here: http://www.hotelpattee.com/music--events.html
May 13, 2017
More than 2,500 runners on 350 teams will be competing Saturday, May 13, in the 5th annual Market to Market Relay Iowa -- a fun, colorful, 75-mile team relay race from the courthouse square in Jefferson to the Court Avenue District in downtown Des Moines. The event uses the full length of the Raccoon River Valley Trail, with 17 relay exchange zones, including one in each of the trail towns on the south loop, as well as some in rural locations. The field was nearly full by March 11, but you can check on registering and get more information by clicking here.
June 10-11, 2017
The Des Moines Cycle Club will host its 9th annual "Tour The Raccoon" ride on Saturday and Sunday, June 10-11, with more information available by clicking here. The ride starts and finishes in Waukee, with the overnight stay in Jefferson during the town's annual Bell Tower Festival. Full information on the festival will be available online by clicking here.
June 17, 2017
The 4th annual BACooN RIDE, the bacon festival-on-wheels that covers the 71-mile loop on the Raccoon River Valley Trail, is set for Saturday, June 17. It's starting in Waukee, just as it has in the past, but this time it'll go counter-clockwise around the loop. The event is sponsored by RAGBRAI, the Iowa Bicycle Coalition and the Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival, with proceeds supporting the bicycle coalition, the RAGBRAI "Dream Team" and other good causes. You can get full information and online registration by clicking here.