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78-Year-Old Riding in 26th Consecutive RAGBRAI

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    July 23, 2014 | 7:01 pm

    MASON CITY, Iowa Alice Hoffmeier of Cedar Rapids was up early on Wednesday. After dozens of similar days, the 78-year-old knows what she needs to do to finish her 26th RAGBRAI.

    One big secret? Taking a nap.

    I take a nap after lunch. I find a shady spot out in the country, away from the noise and set my alarm on my cellphone and take a nap, Hoffmeier said.

    Each stop on the route has its own theme, but Hoffmeier has one of her own.

    The saying this year is Im 78 and doing great. I may be slow, but I still go.

    She hopes to keep on going until shes 80.

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