2007 Olympia Toy Run Preview

Written by Diana Olmstead

Mark your calendars! Deck out your bikes with the Christmas spirit! Don’t miss 2007’s biggest holiday event celebrating it‘s 30th year… The Olympia Toy Run, Saturday, December 1st!

The Olympia Toy Run started 30 years ago by the Olympia Chapter of ABATE of Washington and was known as the ABATE Toy Run. First year attendance was 27 riders. In 1992 a coalition was formed. In 1994 the name was officially changed to the Olympia Toy Run. Throughout the years the coalition has grown to not only include the founding members, but several other great clubs, organizations and individuals such as the Descendants of 51, Society’s Deviants, Alky Angels International, Swantowne Pirates, GoldWing Road Riders’ Association, GoldWing Touring Association, South Sound H.O.G, Olympia Light Riders, and the much respected and well recognized Joe “Santa” Sullivan featured on this month’s cover with my little friend, Levi Campbell. These guys and gals are the heart and soul of this event and deserve special thanks for all that they do and give.

Each year thousands of bundled up, leather clad riders from all across the Northwest come together, their bikes laden with toys, their hearts filled with holiday joy, to show their support and give to the Salvation Army’s Toy ’n Joy Shop. This program captures the essence of the Christmas spirit, it enables thousands of in need children with gifts to open during the holidays.

Gates open at 10:00 am at South Sound Center in Lacey. The Tenino Drill Team and Seattle Cossacks will be on hand mesmerizing all with their unique motorcycle stunts. This is a show you won’t want to miss! The ride begins at 1:00 pm and ends at Marathon Park in Olympia with the gathering of toys, donations and announcements

This year The Christian Biker Tabernacle is raffling off a 2006 H-D Custom Softail. Tickets are $25. For more info contact Cheryl at 253-961-7907 or e-mail raffleharley@yahoo.com or click on the link via The Olympia Toy Runs website.

I guarantee that there is nothing that compares to the sights and sounds of motorcycles of every imaginable make and model, riding four abreast, loaded with Christmas toys, uniting for one cause, to put smiles on the faces of children during the holidays. It has become such a thrill to witness something of this size and magnitude that thousands of people line the parade route to show their support.

Admission is a new unwrapped toy or $10/single or $15/couple. Remember to get your 30th Anniversary commemorative Olympia Toy Run merchandise. T-Shirts/$20, Patches/$5, Pins/$4. For more info check out The Olympia Toy Run’s website: www.olytoyrun.com

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