RAGBRAI co-founder Donald Kaul dies

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DES MOINES, Iowa (KCRG-TV9) -- A co-founder of the Register's Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa (RAGBRAI) died on the day this year's event began.

Longtime Des Moines Register columnist, co-founder of the Register's Annual Great Bike Ride Across Iowa, and two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist Donald Kaul (right, standing) died Sunday, July 22, 2018. (Courtesy: Des Moines Register)

A former columnist for the Register, Donald Kaul, died at age 83 on July 22.

The former columnist was a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize twice during his career in journalism.

Kaul wrote for the Cedar Rapids Gazette and Register, with columns appearing in newspapers nationwide.

The last time Kaul appeared for a major event on RAGBRAI was in Cedar Rapids during the race in 2012 when they celebrated the event's 40th anniversary.

An article by the Des Moines Register earlier this year said Kaul was battling prostate cancer.