The roaring thrum of thousands of motorcycle engines will fill the crisp December air this Saturday, December 3 in Lacey and Olympia. But this is not a day just for motorcyclists as tens of thousands of spectators will line the parade route, excitedly waving, calling and whistling to the riders. Both directions of the street are closed to all but motorcyclists. Though riders come from all over to participate in this event, it’s a day to be proud of Olympia, what brings the citizens together and the goal accomplished. It’s thrilling, breathtaking, moving…and downright fun.
The Olympia Toy Run brings motorcyclists together for a very worthy purpose: the joy of a child receiving a gift at Christmas. All the toys and money are donated to The Salvation Army for distribution to local needy kids through its Toy n’ Joy Shop. Strapped to bikes four abreast in row after row are lots and lots of brand new children’s toys. Gleaming bikes sport different names and badges and colors and their riders range from all-season diehards to weekend enthusiasts.
To get the day going, there will be exciting performances starting at 10:00am from the Seattle Cossacks Stunt & Drill Team and the T90 Motorcycle Drill Team.
The ride departs at 1:00pm from the South Sound Center (711 Sleater-Kinney Road SE, Lacey), travels down Pacific Avenue to State Avenue and arrives at Marathon Park, Deschutes Parkway in Olympia. Washington State DOT will be closing the off-ramp from I-5 to Pacific Avenue in Lacey on Saturday from 1:00pm – 3:00pm for the ride.
Would you like to donate a new, unwrapped toy to this year’s Toy Run? Click HERE to find local Olympia businesses who are collecting donations.