34th Annual Flood Run
Lakeland, MN April 17, 1999
by Tim McBride
[Editor: Jim Noteboom is no longer associated with the Flood Run. Please do not contact him for information about it.]
If you or anyone you know owns a road bike there is a good chance that you have heard about the Flood Run motorcycle rally. Jim Noteboom, from St. Croix Marine and Sports in Lakeland Minnesota, has been hosting the rally for more than three decades. Although the money Jim has received over the years has been donated to numerous charities, the 34th Annual Flood Run became the first to be “officially” advertised. The beneficiary this year was the Gillette Children’s Hospital. “Last year we raised 1800 dollars and donated it to the tornado relief fund in St. Peter”, explained Notboom. “This year we collected 2800 dollars for the Children’s Hospital.”
The “Flood Run” starts in Lakeland at Jim’s shop where a ten dollar donation buys you a meal ticket for a barbecue lunch in Nelson, Wisconsin, prepared by the Nelson Lion’s Club, and a chance to win several door prizes ranging from 25 to 250 dollars in value.
After leaving Lakeland the run meanders south on Highway 316 to Red Wing where it crosses the Mississippi river and turns onto Wisconsin’s scenic Highway 35. The first stop is in Maiden Rock, WI. but signs posted by local restaurants were spotted in Hastings and Redwing welcoming the riders. After Maiden Rock, the lunch stop in Nelson is next in line. Then it runs back into Minnesota on Highway 61 through Wabasha and on to the final stop before Winona, at the infamous Buck Bar. From there everyone pretty much goes their separate ways.
The Gillette Children’s Hospital of St. Paul and Children’s Miracle Network expressed their gratitude to all of the volunteers and these area dealers who showed their support to help make this event a success: St. Paul H-D, St. Croix H-D, Bob’s Cycle and Supply, Century Power Sports, Donahue H-D, Tousley Sports, St. Croix Outpost, Ace Stereo Systems and of course, St. Croix Marine and Sport.