Way back in 1965, 12 motorcycle riders got together and rode 90 miles to Winona, Minnesota to help pack and stack sandbags in the midst of rising flood waters. The following year, the flood didn’t returned, so the mayor invited the riders back for a party. As the years followed, the annual “Flood Run” retraced the original 90 mile route of the original 12 down Highway 61. Soon after, the ride grew so large that a second event was made, The Fall Flood Run, giving riders twice a year to meet and ride.

Over the years, The Flood Run rides have grown into one of the oldest and largest runs in America. From it’s very beginning, The Flood Run has been a charity event – from throwing sandbags in 1965 to buying a Benefit Wristband to support a great cause, namely the kids at Gillette Children’s Specialty Health Care. Participants are encouraged to purchase $10 wristbands to generate proceeds to the children’s special care facility twice a year.

Welcoming riders from across the continent (and further), The Flood Run has also partnered with Cargo Wave to provide one heck of a raffle prize: a brand-new 2013 Yamaha WaveRunner VX and a Cargo Wave tow trailer! (Obviously, the ski above is not the new Yamaha.) Valued at $10,000, The Flood Run not only gives away great prizes for participants but generates thousands of dollars for a worthwhile charity. If you’re a motorcycle lover as much as PWC enthusiast and find yourself with an open weekend for a lot of fun, make sure to join The Flood Run.

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