Skip to main content

30,000 motorcyclists expected to cruise the Mississippi


With 70-plus degree weather and the sound of birds chirping comes another migratory animal – hogs.

This weekend, motorcycle season has its unofficial start in Minnesota, as 30,000 bikers are expected to be cruising the Mississippi River for the 51st annual Flood Run.

The Flood Run began when 12 bikers rode 90 miles to Winona to help with sandbagging during the 1965 floods.

51 years later, bikers come out in the thousands to raise money for the Gillette Children's Hospital.

Red Wing, Wabasha and Lake City are among the Minnesota cities riders will pass through on their 90-mile trip to Winona. But many will also travel on the Wisconsin side of the Mississippi.

The DPS also uses weekend as the annual reminder for drivers to watch for motorcyclists.

“It only takes one bad decision to cost someone their life,” says Lt. Tiffani Nielson of the Minnesota State Patrol said in a statement. “Motorcyclists and drivers need to step up and take action to prevent these crashes.

There will be extra patrols in southeast Minnesota just for the event.

This won't be the last time that motorcyclists will gather in Minnesota this year.

The Let's Ride website has a list of the events, including rides that raise money and support for breast cancer, stillbirths, suicide prevention and ovarian cancer.

Next Up

Karl-Anthony Towns

Timberwolves' winning streak snapped at five games

The Wolves' bid for their longest winning streak since 2014 came up short.

Screen Shot 2020-08-14 at 6.45.53 PM

Teen arrested over fatal shooting of 5-year-old boy in Brooklyn Park

Police say the teen was filming a social media video while handling a gun.

Joe Biden

President Biden coming to Minnesota to promote Bipartisan Infrastructure Law

Tuesday's trip follows passage of the $1.2 trillion Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal.

Kirill Kaprizov

Kaprizov gets into the holiday spirit to rout Jets

Kirill Kaprizov's four points led the Wild to a 7-1 victory.

Kirk Cousins

Coller: Cure to Vikings' disrupted season lies in an explosive passing game

The Vikings go to San Francisco knowing that a win would be a huge boost to their playoff hopes.

unsplash football helmet ground

Judge upholds star QBs suspension for state championship game

Sam Backer, of Chatfield Senior High, won't be allowed to play in Friday's title game.

Screen Shot 2021-11-25 at 7.53.37 AM

Another 5,000 lbs. of goldfish removed from Carver County lakes

It all likely stemmed from people dumping their pets into local waters a few years ago.

Rosaleia Shelton

Appeal to find 19-year-old missing from Bloomington

The teen left her home on Monday afternoon.

hospital, emergency room

Deaths of twin fetuses after woman was shot ruled a double homicide

The woman was shot in the abdomen in mid-September.


Hundreds of motorcycles expected along Mississippi River Saturday

The annual Spring Flood Run is taking place between Winona and the Twin Cities in Minnesota and Wisconsin. KAGE Radio reports money raised from cyclists participating in the event goes to the Gillette Children's Hospital in the Twin Cities.