RAGBRAI Charles City Seeks Hosts

Approximately 20,000 RAGBRAI-affiliated visitors are expected for the overnight stay in Charles City on Wednesday, July 26. The RAGBRAI Charles City housing committee is looking for volunteers to provide lodging for those visitors who request it – this can be in the form of beds, in-house floor space, yards for tents, or parking for motorhomes.

If you’re considering hosting, keep these things in mind:

  • Local hosts are only expected to provide a place for riders to rest their heads for the night – you aren’t required to feed, transport, or entertain guests. In addition, you do not have to offer amenities of any kind.
  • Lodging can be inside or outside – you are not obligated to offer an indoor sleeping accommodation. Many riders are grateful just for a patch of grass on which to stake their tent!
  • Only registered riders will be matched to local hosting volunteers – this means they have signed a RAGBRAI Waiver and Release of Liability, which extends to cover any local host.
  • Guests are expected to begin arriving by mid/late morning on Wednesday, July 26 and will only stay one night – they will be off to their next destination by 9 AM Thursday morning.

To volunteer as a host, fill out the form below, or find printed forms at the Charles City Chamber of Commerce and the Charles City Public Library. Riders will begin making housing requests through the housing committee after May 1.

If you have already agreed to host a RAGBRAI team at your home, please consider forwarding the team name and team contact person to, so that information can be added to the database of teams. Not only will this allow us to help your team locate your home, it will also provide vital contact information for emergency services should an incident occur.

Host Application

Download the application here

or complete the form below.

(if outside city limits)
(indicate number of tent spaces)
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(indicate number available)
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