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GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. - Hundreds of bike riders return to Mall of America for the opening ceremony for the 11th annualRed Ribbon Ride.

The event supports the fight against HIV and AIDS.

Participants will begin their four day, nearly 300 mile bike ride from the North Parking Lot of the MOA on Thursday, July 18, and bike and camp until the ride into the state capitol in St. Paul on Sunday, July 21 for the closing ceremony.

Theresa Fetsch, Executive Director of Red Ribbon Ride, spoke with KARE 11 Sunrise about this year's race.