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American Legion "Legacy Run" rolls through Texoma

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POTTSBORO -- Hundreds of motorcyclists on a road trip to raise money for military families rode through Texoma on Tuesday.

The group is now a little more than half-way through a five-day run that nets hundreds of thousands of dollars for families of fallen military members.

Tuesday, nearly 300 motorcycle riders on the American Legion Legacy Run made a pit stop at a post in Pottsboro on the last leg of their 1,500 mile journey.

"It gives you chills, all the people standing with American flags on the side of the highway," American Legion National Commander James Koutz said.

Since Sunday, the bikers have wound their way from Indianapolis to Texas.

They'll end up in Houston on Thursday for the American Legion National Convention.

Bikers, passengers and supporters pay registration fees between $25-$50 which goes towards college scholarships for children of military members killed in action since 9/11.

They also collect donations made to American Legion posts throughout the year.
The commander of the post in Pottsboro says being selected as a stop on the route is an honor.

"We've got donations we're making to it also and other posts in the north Texas area will be coming to make donations as well," Lake Texoma Legion Commander Gary Winters said.

Last year, the Legacy Run raised $772,000. Organizers expect to exceed that amount this year.

According to the website for the Legacy Scholarship Fund, anyone interested in donating can send a check to:

The American Legion Legacy Fund
700 N Pennsylvania Street
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204

Minutes after leaving the American Legion, a rider was involved in a serious accident.

The department of public safety says the man lost control and was thrown from his motorcycle on Highway 289 in Pottsboro. He was flown to Plano Medical Center. DPS says his injuries could be life-threatening. The Legacy Run says this is the first accident during a run in its eight years of existence.