Toys, toys and more toys were turned over by hundreds of motorcyclists Sunday during the River Riders Motorcycle Club’s 29th annual Toy Run.
The event included at least 800 motorcycles, one club member said. The riders traveled from Parker’s Blue Bar II near Parker Dam to McCulloch Boulevard in Lake Havasu City. The toy drop-off site was stationed at local eatery, The Red Onion.
“It’s fantastic,” said Interagency Council president/CEO Michael Eigenbrodt. “There are unofficially one thousand motorcycles, and we were told they stretched nearly nine miles long.”
The toys benefit about 400 youth currently enrolled with Interagency Council’s Adopt-A-Family program.
“This is a tremendous outpouring from the community,” Eigenbrodt said.
Program coordinator Pam Bernhart, also of Interagency, called the event a celebration.
“It’s really what Lake Havasu is,” she said. “It’s a community coming together. So, this is awesome.”
Former Interagency president/CEO Rich Miers, who remains closely affiliated with the organization after 18 years at the helm, said the toy run was the largest one he’d ever seen.
“It’s the biggest year we’re ever going to have,” Miers said.
Its success is attributed to pleasant weather, the large number of motorcycle riders, and the event’s new venue, he said.
This year, the event took to upper McCulloch Boulevard instead of local business Chili Charlie’s simply to accommodate parking for the growing number of riders and their motorcycles.
Sunday, McCulloch was closed, allowing the bikes to park Sturgis-style, or along both curbs and lined up in the street’s center.
The event included live music, a few motorcycle enthusiast-type vendors, 50/50 drawings, and door prizes.
“We’re going to be able to take care of the kids,” Miers said. “And the money that is donated will buy clothing and food for families for Christmas. It’s a huge, huge difference when we don’t have to buy toys for the children.”
The use of two vans was donated to transport the toys to Interagency. One was donated by the Lake Havasu Realtors Association, and the other by Darren Craig, of Craig Plumbing.
Lake Havasu City Fire Department Battalion Chief Mike Quijada reported zero incidents were linked to the event this year.
Attempts to contact River Riders Motorcycle Club were unsuccessful Sunday.
The run is hosted by River Riders Motorcycle Club and motorcycle riders associated with several different motorcycle clubs in the area, and motorcycle tourists, hobbyists, enthusiasts, and loners unite each year to ride in the event.
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