Thursday, May 16, 2019

New routes featured for Wellness on Wheels Bicycle Ride (WOW9)

by Derrick Vander Waal

SIOUX CENTER, IOWA – All new routes are featured for Promise Community Health Center’s ninth annual Wellness on Wheels Bicycle Ride.
WOW9 is slated for Saturday, June 8, as an official event of Sioux Center Summer Celebration.
The event, which is put on by Promise with the help of many great business sponsors, will offer three routes: 60-mile paved, 30-mile paved and 30-mile gravel. WOW9 also will feature a a complimentary moisture-wicking event T-shirt, brunch with breakfast pizza from Pizza Ranch and a prize drawing for a youth bicycle donated by Brothers Bicycle Shop of Sioux Center.

Promise CHC's ninth annual Wellness on Wheels
Bicycle Ride (WOW9) will feature three new
routes: 60-mile paved, 30-mile paved and
30-mile gravel rides. Register by the May 30
early-bird deadline for a discount.

The event will start at a new location in Sioux Center this year – Country View Park, 1051 12th St. NE – due to ongoing construction at the previous site. The park is located on the northeast side of the softball field in that area.

Bicyclists can register up until the date of the event, but those who register by the early-bird deadline of Thursday, May 30, will receive a discount.

“We’re excited to offer refreshed routes for our riders this year,” said Derrick Vander Waal, public relations officer for Promise. “Our Wellness on Wheels Bicycle Ride has been a popular event for bicyclists every year. Riders come from communities across the tristate area to participate. Many of them return every year, and we always get many new riders as well.”
Here are highlights of the three routes that will depart from Country View Park:
  • A 60-mile paved route will travel through the communities of Rock Valley and Hawarden. Aid stations will be located in those towns to welcome riders and rejuvenate them with Gatorade, water and snacks before heading back out on the road. The ride is departing a half hour earlier this year at 6 a.m.
  • A 30-mile paved route will travel to Rock Valley and back through the Sioux County countryside. The ride will depart at 8 a.m.
  • A 30-mile gravel route will loop riders through rural Sioux County. The ride will depart at 8 a.m.
“The 60-mile route travels through some of the most scenic portions of Sioux County. It’s a partial hybrid of previous routes that we have used before, along with stretches that are completely new,” Vander Waal said. “Our 30-mile route is entirely new from recent years but brings back elements from a route that we use a few years ago. Most stretches of these routes are on quiet, country roads with relatively low traffic counts. We will ensure that the routes are well-marked again.”
Brothers Bicycle Shop is donating this youth bike
for the prize drawing during the WOW9 Bicycle Ride
on Saturday, June 8. Owner Nathan Nykamp says
the drawing winner also could use it as "gift card
on wheels" toward the purchase of another item
in his downtown Sioux Center store.

Participants who register by the early-bird deadline of Thursday, May 30, will receive a discount. The cost is $25 through that date. The price will increase by $10 to $35 thereafter until the day of the event. Participants who register by May 30 will guarantee a T-shirt in their size.
A meal featuring Pizza Ranch breakfast pizza will be served to all the riders when they return to Country View Park from their morning treks.
WOW9 not only will be a fun, relaxing, outdoor activity that promotes wellness, but it also will serve as a fundraiser for Promise. The health center provides a comprehensive range of health-care services to patients – with a particular focus on reaching out to underserved people and helping them overcome barriers that they face to health care.
“We have the mission of making health care accessible to all people – no matter their income level, ethnic background or life situation,” Vander Waal said. “We desire to care for the whole person, whether it be their physical condition or mental well-being. In doing so, we can help build a healthier community.”

Promise Community Health Center of Sioux Center is a Federally Qualified Health Center serving the northwest corner of Iowa. Promise provides medical, prenatal, dental, vision, behavioral health and family planning services. To learn more, visit and watch this video. To read more Promise news, visit

Bicyclists can register online for the Wellness on Wheels Bicycle Ride (WOW9) at Or, a paper registration form to mail in can be accessed online on Promise's homepage at, by clicking this link or by visiting Promise Community Health Center at 338 First Ave. NW, Sioux Center, IA. For more information, call Promise at 712-722-1700 or email Visit the WOW9 Facebook event page at:

Promise Community Health Center is bringing you WOW9 with the help of these generous sponsors:
  • American State Bank,
    WOW9 Bicycle Ride will offer aid stations along the
    way for riders to get Gatorade, water and snacks,
    as well as assistance with their bicycles.
  • Peoples Bank,
  • Premier Bank,
  • Northwest Bank,
  • Primebank,
  • Proactive Physical Therapy & Sports Rehab,
  • Brothers Bicycle Shop,
  • Dordt College,
  • Lewis Family Drug,
  • Mane Attraction,
  • Robin’s School of Dance,
  • Sioux Center Chiropractic Wellness Clinic.

The following businesses are donating materials or services to the event: Pizza Ranch, Fareway, Hy-Vee and McDonald’s.