FOREST CITY, Iowa - RAGBRAI attracts people from all around Iowa and the country and they represent all walks of life. High-profile names, like Lance Armstrong this year, have come to join in the ride from the Missouri to the Mississippi.
A more local celebrity is in the pack this year. Iowa football fans will remember him as number 70, Casey Wiegmann. He went on to have a 16-year career in the National Football League. Since retiring, he’s worked with a former high school coach to get a group together to ride.
“We always said we would do it. We’re just having so much fun. We got a group of eight to ten people now,” Wiegmann said.
The former Aplington-Parkersburg standout and his group ride to support the foundation established in the name of former coach Ed Thomas, who was shot and killed by a former player in the school’s weight room in 2009.
“We wear our Ed Thomas Family Foundation jerseys and just show our support to his foundation. He gave so much to us and we’re gonna give back to the foundation,” Wiegmann said.
Fellow Hawkeye NFL players including Dallas Clark and Nate Kaeding will join Wiegmann for part of the route, but he plans to ride every mile.