Some streets in Olympia and Lacey will be closed Saturday as thousands of motorcyclists gather in Lacey then make their way toward Capitol Lake, carrying toys for children.
The 39th annual Olympia Toy Run will assemble at South Sound Center beginning at 10 a.m. The run will begin at 1 p.m., heading west on Pacific Avenue to State Avenue, Capitol Way, Fifth Avenue and Deschutes Parkway, and ending at Marathon Park.
Once at the park, riders will unload their motorcycles and donate toys to the Salvation Army, which will distribute them to children through the Toy ‘n’ Joy Shop, according to the Olympia Toy Run website.
“Though riders come from all over to participate in this event, it’s a day to be proud of Olympia, the fellowship that brings us together, and the goal we accomplish. It’s thrilling, breathtaking, moving … and downright fun,” a message on the website reads.
The event, sponsored by the Olympia Toy Run Coalition, attracts as many as 18,000 motorcyclists and could last up to two hours. Drivers should expect delays.
Deschutes Parkway will be closed from about 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Intercity Transit has issued a detour alert for routes 12, 13, 21, 41, 43, 44, 45, 47, 48, 60, 62A/B, 64, 66, 68, 94 and 620 from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday. For service information, contact Customer Service at 360-786-1881 or go to the Intercity Transit website.