30th Annual Toy Run

30th Annual Toy Run

It was a great day! Lots of people showed up. This is the article that was published in Thunder Roads along with some pictures:

Mention the name Greeley anywhere in Colorado, and chances are you’re going to hear a lot of bad jokes or comments about odor. What you probably won’t hear too often is that Greeley is home to the longest running toy run in Colorado, the one that’s been hosted by A Righteous Ride – V-Twin Motors for the last 30 years.

Willie Spaedt, one of the owners of the shop, started the run with his best friend TC in 1984. For the most part, the weather has been in the run’s favor, with bright blue Colorado skies and above freezing temperatures allowing the bikers to gather toys and raise money for the Salvation Army. Randy Haag and Willie have been setting up early and making coffee at the start point for the riders while The New Plantation, a Cajun restaurant in Evans, prepares to receive the crowd at the end of the ride.

With large boots to fill, Nacho Alvarado took on the role of Santa after TC passed away in 2014, and he has delighted kids of all ages for the last two years. Nacho led a huge crowd from Greeley to Evans with help from the Evans Police Department. Even the fire department joined in the celebration with lots of lights flashing at the station along the route. Families waved to the riders along the route, and it was hard not to get choked up turning the corner onto 11th Avenue where a crowd of kids stood with a sign thanking A Righteous Ride for their commitment to the community.

The two businesses also organize a poker run to benefit the Weld Food Bank on the first Sunday of May every year. 2016 will be the 27th annual event. See ARighteousRide.com for details when the date approaches.

Thank you A Righteous Ride – V-Twin Motors and The New Plantation!

Some of these pictures are from years past, so if you recognize TC, it's not a ghost.
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