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Brian Shepard of Talent greets Kim Stewart of Medford and her young companion at the start of Saturday’s toy race at Touvelle Lodge. Shepard has been playing Santa Claus for almost 40 years on the annual Motorcycle Ride. Photo by Denise Baratta

At least 300 motorcycles were seen driving along Table Rock Road for a holiday giveaway event

Hundreds of Santa’s helpers chose two-wheeled transport on Saturday to brighten up the vacation for area kids by participating in the 41st annual Southern Oregon Toy Run.

This roughly seven mile motorcycle ride along Table Rock Road, from Touvelle Lodge in Central Point to Eagles Lodge in Medford, is a group ride to deliver toys and holiday gifts that will be distributed to local youth including families are financially disadvantaged.

A storage truck was set up outside Touvelle to store items donated by people who haven’t taken the ride this year or who just wanted to return their donations and take a more relaxed ride.

Everyone who donated was invited to ward off the early chill with coffee, hot chocolate and pastries, listen to rock classics, and admire the many makes, models and colors of motorcycles parked outside.

Tom and Shawna Davis, from Rogue River, rode with Tom’s brother and a friend.

“We’re definitely on the way,” said Tom.

This was the Davis’ fourth year at the event, but they’ve been accompanied on the ride for the past two years.

They delivered six gifts this year. Tom’s mother provided the toys.

This motorcycle event, said Shawna, “is the main one that we do because of the kids.”

Hundreds of motorcyclists weave their way along Table Rock Road during the annual Toy Race Saturday at Central Point. Photo by Denise Baratta

Dan Kay and his granddaughter, Trinity Kay, both from Medford, were chatting with other bikers. The large, plush unicorn they were gifting was visible from afar, even among dozens of other motorcycles parked next to each other.

The race once included Phoenix and that’s when the Kays started competing.

21-year-old Trinity fondly remembers participating in Toy Runs as a child.

Dan, whose outerwear featured the Christian Motorcyclists Association logo, said they were happy to participate in the event regardless of the weather.

Just one year has turned out to be a disappointment.

“We couldn’t go because our bike wouldn’t start,” he noted.

Tera Short, also from Medford, moved through the crowds and between the bikes. She wore a red and green outfit that allowed her to be easily spotted among the sea consisting mostly of blue denim and black leather.

And she knew a lot of people there.

“I brought a Santa’s bag full of presents,” said Short.

She rode her father’s bike in the Toy Run.

After a few hours of socializing, the hundreds of engines started buzzing at the same time and a long line of motorcycles began to form as the delivery ride began.

The Eagles Lodge is where the trip ended for the over 300 bikes. Runners made generous donations of toys, games and other items intended to brighten up other people’s vacations. A large group of volunteers warmly accepted donations and placed them on delivery trucks set up in the Eagles parking lot.

Food and drinks were also available there.

Thunderstruck Custom Bikes is coordinating the Toy Run with the help of a range of sponsors and volunteers.

Travis Linebaugh said the next phase is to sort the donations and prepare them for delivery to local youth by segregating the items by age group.

“Everyone wants to support children,” Linebaugh said.

Those interested in contributing to this year’s giveaway effort can bring unwrapped freebies or gift cards to Thunderstruck at 3670 Dobson Rd., Medford and Star Body Works, 600 N. Central Ave., Medford, during their visits. opening hours next week.

Eagle Point residents Beau Wilson, 7, and Savannah Wilson join Pam Crafts, right, of Central Point, to watch their family members roll into Saturday’s toy on Table Rock Road. Photo by Denise Baratta


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