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BACooN RIDE Registration Prices Increase on June 1

Registration prices increase on June 1 for the BACooN RIDE.

We don’t want you to miss out because there is a lot of excitement surrounding this year’s BACooN RIDE 4 on June 17. One of the biggest changes will be the reverse of the route. (Hint, that is why the logo is backwards) This means starting out in Minburn and Dallas Center and finishing through Redfield and Adel.

Don’t miss out riding with 3,000 of your friends and support some great causes along the way.

Register today!

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BACooN Ride Spotlight: Gusto Pizza’s BACON Chorizo Burrito First Treat in Waukee

Gusto Pizza will be serving burritos featuring Berkwood Farms BACON, house made chorizo, scrambled eggs and cheddar in a flour tortilla with assorted salsas.

On Saturday morning, Gusto Pizza Co. will provide riders with an extra boost of protein with a BACON Chorizo Burrito.

Gusto will be serving these before you start your ride in Centennial Park from 6:00-10:00 a.m.  The City of Waukee has played a special part since the inaugural BACooN RIDE with Centennial Park as home base for the BACooN Rides with camping, entertainment and parking available to registered riders. Bacon lovers will enjoy plenty of fun activities and bacon to make them feel right at home.

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BACooN RIDE 4 Slap Koozies!

All registered riders for the BACooN RIDE 4 will receive one of these awesome BACooN slap koozies.  You can check how many miles to the next BACON stop while keeping your beverage cold!

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Check out the new video for the BACooN RIDE 4!  It’s FANTASTIC!!!!

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The FishHeads to Play BACooN RIDE’s Friday Night Pre-Party in Waukee!


The Fishheads are the Official Band Of Summer!  With a mix of Island, Rock, Funk & Reggae all wrapped up in a crazy spontaneous atmosphere (You never know what’s going to happen next!) and 22 years of experience, The Fishheads are the Ultimate Island Party Band!!!  What a way to start the BACooN Weekend!

Here is some video of the FishHeads in action

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Thanks to Boy Scout Troop 182 from Ankeny for Helping to Keep BACooN Riders Safe

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A BIG THANKS to Boy Scout Troop 182 from Ankeny for helping to keep BACooN Riders safe along the Raccoon River Valley Trail!  There are approximately 50 crossings where the trail crosses a roadway during the ride.  There will be law enforcement assisting riders at the high traffic intersections and the scouts will assist at the lower traffic, mainly gravel road crossings.  A scout and an adult will be at each of these crossings.  You will see them in their bright orange BACooN PATROL t-shirts.  Some of these scouts at the more remote crossings will be selling water and Gatorade as a fundraiser to help pay for camp and other scout needs.  They will sell water for $1.00 and Gatorade for $2.00.

The BACooN RIDE organizers will also make a donation to Boy Scout Troop 182 from helping make the ride safe!  THANKS AGAIN!



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BACooN RIDE Spotlight: Minburn

CrossingsMinburnWhole Foods Market is joining the BACooN RIDE as a sponsor this year.  They will be setting up a sampling station in Minburn in front of The Nineteen14, the Depot in Minburn.  This will be one of the last BACON STOPS of the day.  Expect to find some of the BACON goodness that you can get off the shelves at the West Des Moines Whole Foods Market.  Find the Whole Foods Market Sampling Station outside of the Depot in Minburn.  Mudders will also be open in Minburn.






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BACooN RIDE Spotlight: Dawson


[ALERT: AWARD-WINNING BACON!] The Des Moines Bacon & Meat Company welcomes you to Dawson (mile 46). Feel free to give your legs a rest, sample their award-winning craft bacon (bacon judges say it’s the best) and hit up Farmer Bob for an ice cold refreshment.  If your well-greased engine needs a little more fire power, try the Whiskey BBQ Glazed Bacon on stick or grab a tasty Pulled Pork Slider (cheer “OHHHH, BACON!” and they’ll put a few slices on top). There will be some great tunes kickin’ by DJ Geno Romeo with team Body by Bergman….so, come to get your BACooN on & stick around for a bit and take in the Dawson vibe.


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BACooN RIDE Spotlight: Redfield

REDFIELD,  is the second stop on the BACooN RIDE TR3S!

When you roll into town, if you haven’t gotten your breakfast on, please stop by our Redfield American Legion Post and enjoy an all you can eat breakfast for $7.  This is only open from 6 a.m. – 9 a.m. so get there early!

Your Passport stop again will be at our Redfield Locker. Don and his crew will be serving up Jalapeno Bacon for all bacon lovers to enjoy.  They are also hosting live music by Gravel Travel, playing as long as we have people wanting to listen. As always come see and get your picture taken with BACooN, located at the entrance to the locker! Beside the locker, you should be sure to visit the local 4-H group, they are selling 50/50 burgers…that is ½ burger, and ½ bacon.


While listening to the energizing music, head on over to Redfield’s newest business, Harvey’s Diner & Pub. They will be celebrating their first weekend opening, and will be serving cold refreshment to our favorite bacon biker guests.  They will be hosting a build your own Bloody Bacon Mary Bar, and also Bloody Bacon Maria for $5.  Aluminum canned beer will be $3 each! While in the beer garden,the Redfield Development Corportation will be serving up a Peanut Butter & Jalapeno wrapped in bacon snack. This is a bacon delicacy you won’t want to miss!

Around the corner from the Redfield Locker & Harvey’s, don’t forget to check out Off Side Pizza & Pub, they will be serving cold drinks, and provide an air conditioned bar to cool off in.  They will also be hosting a beer garden in the front of their building.

To satisfy your sweet tooth, we have the After Prom Committee selling your favorite chocolate covered bacon!

Redfield is excited to see new bacon bikers, and returning bacon lover bikers, see ya Saturday!


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BACooN RIDE TR3S Packet Pick-Up Locations and Times



This year packet pick-up has been extended to include a downtown packet pick-up on Wednesday and Thursday in addition to the regular packet pick-up at the event site in Waukee.

You will need to bring your printed receipted or be prepared to show receipt on your mobile device.

Wednesday, June 15 & Thursday, June 16
12 noon – 6pm
Downtown – Des Moines Register
Capital Square Atrium (400 Locust)


Friday, June 17
5pm – 8pm
Centennial Park (in the beverage garden)

Saturday, June 18
6am – 9am
Centennial Park (at the ride start)


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