RAGBRAI documentary screening May 11

TJ Hunters Banquet Hall in Lansing will be one of the select early venues showing a screening of “Shift: The RAGBRAI Documentary” on Thursday, May 11, at 7 p.m. 

To celebrate the 50th RAGBRAI ride in 2023, documentarians and directors Kelsey Kremer and Courtney Crowder filmed, created and edited this documentary featuring Lansing – the ending town for RAGBRAI XLIX.

This 58-minute documentary follows the planning and organizational efforts by Lansing to create a memorable experience for the more than 15,000 riders during RAGBRAI XLIX – featuring local couple and organizers Ian Zahren and Andrew Boddicker.

“Shift: The RAGBRAI Documentary,” presented by the Des Moines Register, explores the people who ride, the towns that host and the space RAGBRAI offers riders to find whatever it was that enticed them to put their lives on hold and risk saddle sores in the July heat. 

The film follows three riders and a pair of community leaders as they reach new personal heights, changing their lives in seven days and finding themselves — literally and metaphorically — in the middle of nowhere.

At 5:30 p.m., the Purple Carpet opens at TJ Hunters with candy, popcorn and pizza and a complementary drink. Following the 7 p.m. film showing, attendees will be privy to a conversation and Q&A with the film’s directors, as well as Ian Zahren and Andrew Boddicker, subjects of the film.

Tickets are on sale now at mainstreetlansing.ticketspice.com/shift-ragbrai-50th-documentary, along with more information about the film. Funds raised through ticket sales for the film screening will go toward Main Street Lansing and fund their ongoing efforts to make Lansing a great place to work, live, and play.

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