Bikers ride for kids in the 30th annual Toys Run

By: Ashley Prchal Email
By: Ashley Prchal Email

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) - For the 30th year in a row, hundreds of bikers bundled up to spread holiday cheer all over Grand Junction.

It was around twenty degrees this morning when bikers paraded through Grand Junction for the 30th Annual Toy Run.

"This year's not cold," says David Zulian, Hog member.

But the teeth chattering whether couldn't put a frown on these bikers faces.

"I don't mind the cold. I'd do it if it were snowing," says Zulian.

But it did force many to get creative to stay warm.

"Layer, lots of layers," says Travis Graham, first time toy runner.

The winter weather just couldn't stop hundreds of bikers from lining up to ride for the children of Colorado.

"It's just wonderful how everybody rallies together," says Graham.

"There's a lot of little kids in Mesa County in western Colorado that aren't going to get a Christmas if we don't do something about it," says Zulian.

And although there were some concerns that the weather and the economy could have put a major dent in the number of attendees.

"I think, maybe last year, we had a little bit more, but it was a lot warmer last year," says Traci Stapleton, Harley Davidson Marketing Director.

Traci Stapleton, Marketing Director for Harley Davidson, says she is by by no means disappointed with this year's event and says a lot of children will get a lot of good toys.

"Some people didn't think it was going to tun out as well as it always does and it just goes to show the spirit this time of year. It's just wonderful," says Stapleton.

And for first time toy runner Travis Graham, he sees why hard time and hard core weather can't keep these bikers away.

"it's just really good to give something back. No matter how bad you think it is, it can always get worse," says Graham.

Those hundreds of toys collected will all go to the Salvation Army for distribution to kids in need.


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