Big Texas Toy Run Splits in Two

Cowboys game forces bikers bearing toys to make separate runs

By Bruce Felps
|  Sunday, Dec 19, 2010  |  Updated 8:24 AM CDT
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Apparently, Arlington ain’t big enough for Cowboys, Redskins, and about 50,000 bikers.

The Big Texas Toy Run made a 24-year tradition of traveling Interstate 30 to carry thousands of holiday toys to the children under the care of Metrocare Services and the Texas Department of Mental Health and Mental Retardation.

That tradition gets interrupted this year, the 25th anniversary, because the city of Arlington, according to the biker group, denied the bikers’ permit application to travel en masse — to the tune of roughly 50,000 strong — through the city Dec. 19 because of traffic and safety concerns associated with the Cowboys-Redskins game at noon.

According to the group’s Facebook page, “Our options were simple — either move the date, cancel the toy run, or change the route. Moving the date [would] encounter more events at Cowboys Stadium. As with Santa, we could not cancel because too many kids count on the Toy Run.”

Soooo, they split the run into two, one in Fort Worth and one in Dallas.

Both runs take place at 1 p.m. — 10 a.m.-noon signup — Dec. 19. Participation costs $10 and one new, unwrapped toy.

The western leg travels from LaGrave Field to Billy Bob’s Texas, and the eastern portion goes from QuikTrip Park in Grand Prairie to Gilley’s in Dallas.

Parties take place at each destination, and those babies should be ho-ho-throwdowns.

Bruce Felps owns and operates East Dallas Times, an online community news outlet serving the White Rock Lake area. He would tip his hat to these men and women if he were to wear a hat.

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