RAGBRAI 2018 Day 3: Iowa Provides Good Food and Pharmacists

Stay tuned all week to watch our Editor in Chief's RAGBRAI ride with the Iowa Pharmacy Association.

A team of pharmacists, including Pharmacy Times Editor in Chief Troy Trygstad are participating this week in the 46th annual RAGBRAI cycling event.

Along the way, Trygstad and the Iowa Pharmacists Association are interviewing a number of local pharmacists and hospitals about the important role that local pharmacists play in Iowa in providing health care options for residents there. Listen to some of their interview below, and check out the photos below for more action from the ride:

Meet Aaron Stangel if Onawa Iowa. A multi-generational pharmacy owner, member of the economic development council and neighbor to his customers. #PTRidesRAGBRAI thanks him for practicing in rural America. Onawa was RAGBRAI stop number 1. @IowaPharmacyIPA #rollinrx pic.twitter.com/I0qRWp8o90

— Pharmacy Times (@Pharmacy_Times) July 24, 2018

Taking care of your neighbors. Pharmacy practice in rural Onawa Iowa. We should all be so lucky to have a relationship with a pharmacy like this. Thanks Aaron. #PTRidesRAGBRAI #rollinrx @IowaPharmacyIPA pic.twitter.com/GojEdMckGH

— Pharmacy Times (@Pharmacy_Times) July 24, 2018

RAGBRAI cyclists rest on a hill in Iowa with access to the services of the Iowa Pharmacy Association's #RollinRx team.

Visiting the Greene County Medical Center, the Iowa Pharmacy Association team of RAGBRAI riders had an opportunity to meet the facility's new Director of Pharmacy Megan Snyder, PharmD, Megan is a 2010 graduate of Drake University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (CPHS) in Des Moines.

The team of pharmacists stopped to visit Jen Morris, PharmD, and Micaela Chapman, CPhT, at Manning Regional Healthcare Center in Manning, Iowa. Jen is a 2006 graduate of Drake CPHS.

You can't beat a good meal in a church basement. The team enjoyed a spaghetti dinner hosted by Our Savior Lutheran Church in Denison, Iowa.

Along the RAGBRAI route, pharmacists met a group of women who call themselves the Lutheran Pie Ladies. The women were selling homemade pies for $5 each to benefit their local churches in Iowa. The 13,000 pies they had prepared were sold out before noon.