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John Karras, a former Des Moines Register features writer and co-founder of RAGBRAI, the annual bicycle event that sees 15,000 people ride across Iowa, died on Wednesday surrounded byloved ones.

Karras suffered a hard fall and a minor stroke in recent months and died from complications of that trauma, a family friend confirmed.He was 91.

Way before Karras and fellow Register columnist Donald Kaul nurtured the idea for RAGBRAI, the pair were just a couple of middle-agedcycling enthusiasts with a love of rural landscapes.

“You drive around Iowa, and it doesn’t —it’s not very impressive in a car,” Karras previously told the Register. “And one of the things that Don and I found bicycling: When you bicycle through Iowa, it was stunning. Incredible.”

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