Bikes and riders for the 21st annual Nevada County Food and Toy Run will assemble at 9:30 a.m. today at the Eric Rood Center, the Nevada County Government Center on Maidu Avenue and Highway 49. Free coffee and donuts will be on hand. The early riders will have the best chance at buying long-sleeved Toy Run shirts for $25, Toy Run Pins for $5 and this year’s special commemorative pint glasses for $15. The procession will leave at noon, escorted front and rear by the Nevada County Sheriff’s Deputies. The CHP will block off all county roads, and Nevada City and Grass Valley police officers will block off all streets used for the Toy run in both towns, aided by the Sheriff’s volunteers and Search and Rescue.
It will take approximately 25 to 30 minutes to complete the ride to the Nevada County Fairgrounds. The Sheriff’s Department estimates as many as 13,000 spectators along the route. As this is a Toy Run and we are supported by the Nevada County Board of Supervisors, Nevada City and Grass Valley city councils, as well as all four branches of law enforcement, we ask that all riders and passengers wear helmets, refrain from throwing candy and obey the posted speed laws through the towns.
If all these rules are followed, we can continue to offer the best Toy Run in Nevada County, free of charge to all riders! This ensures that the vast bulk of all money raised goes to buying food and ensuring that the Toy Run has enough resources to make it though the year. Please bring an unwrapped toy or non-perishable food. Please do not wrap the present, as no one will know what is inside or for whom it is meant. Toys are needed for 12- to 16-year-olds, too. The families come from local Head Start and Big Brothers Big Sisters and low-income families from Nevada County. Since it never rains on the Toy Run, it is always on!
For information, visit www.toyrun.org.