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57th Annual Flood Run®

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September 17, 2022 |  Beach Bar

2030 St. Croix Trail S, Lake St. Croix Beach, MN

This ride will benefit Gillette Children’s.

Join us to celebrate Gillette's 125th Anniversary of helping kids be kids!

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We are adding a sport bike route this year.  See the route page for details.

Meet the route designer at the Beach Bar the morning of the Run.

Registration/check-in   

       8:00 - 11am

As long as there is no prohibition on gathering during the periods of the Flood Run, we plan to hold the event.

Being outdoors and on motorcycles is a great way to social distance.

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Next Spring Run on April 15 2023

Meet Emme

Emme Kersten loves to swim, play basketball and maybe most of all, baseball!

She’s also a patient at Gillette Children’s and has been working with Gillette’s medical team since she was 4 months old.

Emme was born prematurely at 35 weeks with severe anemia, which is a condition that involves a lack of red blood cells responsible for transporting oxygen from the lungs to vital organs throughout the body. While Emme was able to recover, the lack of oxygen resulted in a condition known as cerebral palsy (CP).

Jessica Kersten, Emme’s mother recounts, “When Emme began to display symptoms related to cerebral palsy at four months, we had spent enough time at Gillette to know that was where we wanted her to be. She’s been doing a variety of therapies there since she was 9 months old.”

 

“What I’d tell other people about Emme’s care team at Gillette, is it’s not just that they’re so talented. They are, but they didn’t just help Emme, they helped us as a family better support her at home,” Jessica says. “They shifted the conversation away from what she wouldn’t be able to do, to the reality that she would do many things, just some of them differently. Once we had that mindset, we were able to pave a way forward.”

In the months and years that followed, Emme continued in her therapies with the spunk and determination she’s become known for all throughout the hospital.

This past November, Emme had Single Event Multilevel Surgery to correct hip dysplasia, and has been diligently working in her rehabilitation process to strengthen her body. She’s excited to head off to middle school this fall, and has aspirations to one day become a police officer and own a motorcycle.

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Gillette has been helping kids be kids for 125 years.

The riders of the Flood Run have been supporting Gillette since 2000 and we intend to continue that partnership.

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Comaraderie

Join other riders

Run Information

All makes and models are welcome.

Wristbands are $10.  Please preregister for the run.

The official start and end is at the Beach Bar in Lake St. Croix Beach, MN.

Get your gold pins for completing the entire ride.

Be Safe! Don't drink and ride!

Official Merchandise

Pick-up wristbands at the Flood Run® booths.  While you are there pick up an official Flood Run® t-shirt, pin, hat, hoodie, bandanna, etc.  100% of the money you spend in an official Flood Run® booth goes to Gillette's.  Merchandise is donated by Polaris Foundation and Indian Motorcycle.

Support our Sponsors

Many of our sponsors have discounts for Flood Run® participants.  You can support our sponsors all year.

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Sponsors

Premier Sponsor:

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About The Flood Run®

History

The Flood Run® motorcycle ride has always been a charity event. From throwing sandbags in 1965, to buying a benefit wristband to support a great cause. 

This ride will benefit Gillette Children’s

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The Flood Run® has a history of giving. In 1965, 12 motorcycle riders rode 90 miles to Winona, MN to help sandbag during the 1965 Flood. 

 

Most of the original 12 spent the next several years in Vietnam, but all were back home by 1970.  They decided to carry on the tradition. Jim Noteboom named the ride The Flood Run®. As the years went by, a fall Flood Run® was added to have twice as much fun.

 

Over the years, the Flood Run® motorcycle run/ride has grown and gone through many changes. It is one of the oldest and largest runs in America.

The original run went down Minnesota highway 61 to Winona. Over the years, some riders began riding down Wisconsin 35. Now the run is a loop running down both the Minnesota and Wisconsin sides of the river. 

 

At Highway 10, riders can go left into Prescott, or right to Highway 61 and down the nostalgic Minnesota side. Riders can cross the Mississippi in Prescott, Red Wing, Wabasha, or Winona. Cross the river where ever you like, jump in where ever you like, or do the full Gold Pin Tour.  Just make sure to purchase a Flood Run wristband to show your support for the Children's Hospital.

The Flood Run® is run by dozens of volunteers.  Their passion for children and generous giving of their time is what permits this epic event to happen each spring and fall.  Please extend a sincere “thank you” to those you run across that make your day on the Flood Run® a great day.

 

Thank you.