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47th annual flood run

WINONA, Minn. (KTTC)-- Masses of motorcyclists came blazing through Southeastern Minnesota and up the Wisconsin border on both sides of the Mississippi, for the 47th annual Flood Run.

Dave and Miriam have been riding for years and say, "The freedom to be out, the feel of the wind, knowing that you can just get away from everything."

As motorcyclists rode past one another you could see the comradery. Even those even those stragglers were not alone as each saluted the other.

Traditionally motorists start in the Twin Cities and head south to Winona, but this year they've added a second starting point at the Winona American Legion.

American Legion Commander Sam Sasser says, "You get a stamp at each of the five stopping points, and we are one of them. When you complete the whole circuit you get a pin and a Flood Run T-shirt."

The riders raise money for Gillette Children's Hospital, but it's also typically a dangerous ride with so many sharing the road.

Law enforcement will be stepping up patrols...using the event as to remind drivers to take extra caution.

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