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Toy Run Draws Big Numbers and a Few Challenges

The return of the Nevada County Toy Run as a reimagined event, along with perfect weather, drew a large number of motorcycle enthusiasts from around northern California to participate in the approximately seven-mile ride from the Eric Rood Government Center outside Nevada City to the Nevada County Fairgrounds in Grass Valley to deliver thousands of toys for hundreds of children in western Nevada County. Riders were happy to be back providing a good service as well as a fun outing.


Long time participant and current High School Boad member Jim Hinman has been participating since the origin of the event. He says along with providing for those in need, it highlights a unique population of motorcyclists.

Watching along the route were a number of people, some that make it a tradition.


The younger observers mostly like the motorcycles and candy that is tossed periodically from riders, but one young man saw other perspectives as well.


Even the teens were enjoying the chance to be with family.


Though most of the event was successful, there were a few traffic challenges including the turn at Dorsey Drive and the approach to the freeway. It didn’t help that there was call to a structure fire in Nevada City requiring all engines and support vehicles from Fire Station 2 at Sierra College to respond just as the barriers were in place.

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