Incredibly Christmas is only a month away again! 2018 seemed to end so fast that it’s hard to believe we're coming up on Christmas again. I look forward to Christmas time regarding the motorcycle community because of the Toy Runs. In North Texas, we were just coming into our winter about this time, so riding slows down until around mid-March. Local Toy Runs provide a great opportunity to get the bikes out even in the cold and spend the day amongst other riders.
Our Choice Of Toy Runs
I’ve always supported the Wise County Toy Run. It is always well organized and is police escorted which provides safety from motorists interfering with the column of motorcycles. I’ve written a couple of articles about the Wise County Toy Run. It's a community event that extends beyond just the motorcycles in the ride. The route is great, extending from Decatur, TX to Bridgeport, TX, for about 13 miles.
It’s a long enough ride to accommodate the 1000+ motorcycles that usually make up the event but short enough that you can still have a nice ride and attend the post-event while getting home at a reasonable time. I also like that is always run on the 2nd Sunday of December. Most Toy Runs in our area run on a Saturday, so very few of them interfere with the Wise County Toy Run. That means you can always make it to the Wise County Toy Run and another that might be running on Saturday the day before.
Other Toy Runs In North Texas
With that being said, there are a couple of Toy Runs this weekend on Saturday to choose from in North Texas. The Mesquite Santa-Cop Toy Parade rides out on Saturday, December 1, as does the 13th annual Buddy Oney Toy Run in Rockdale, TX.
A new Toy Run that I will be participating in on Saturday, December 1, is the 2nd Annual American Valor Toy Run. The run is supported by Stampede Harley Davidson in Burleson, TX, and Fort Worth Harley Davidson in Fort Worth, TX. It begins at Burleson HD and is police escorted to Fort Worth HD. Last year the ride attracted about 300 bikes which is impressive for its first-year kick-off. The ride distance is 20 miles. It ends with a block party to close out the event. I am excited to see how much it will grow this year.
I’ll get some videos of these Toy Runs and add them to this post by mid-week. I hope to see you at one or both of the Toy Runs.