|36th MRASA Toy Run - 14 December 2014|
The MRASA is holding this year's Toy Run on the 14th December 2014. We will be departing from the Clipsal Track
at 11am and will make our way to Callington Oval via Hutt St, Glen Osmond Road and the South Eastern Freeway.
The MRA Toy Run has been held for over 30 years, and occurs annually on the second Sunday in December.
The MRA organises and funds this event with incredible support from volunteers, sponsors and organisations who are
proud and willing to be involved.|
Our aim is to hold a community event to raise awareness and celebrate motorcycling with a strong focus on assisting under-privileged children during the festive season. We have traditionally chosen St Vincent de Paul as a beneficiary of the thousands of toys and gifts which are distributed to families in need. Come and join in the spectacle that is the Toy Run and please give generously.
Below you will find detailed information from last year's Toy Run, which remains current for 2014 should plans remain unchanged.
|MRASA Toy Run - 8 December 2013|
The MRASA would like to thank all the public, supporters, volunteers and members who together made the 2013 MRA Toy Run
another great success. St Vincent de Paul are pleased at the number of bikes and the amount of toys. Our thoughts
are with the children that will celebrate Christmas this year because of the kind donations.
Below is an aerial photo of Callington Ovals at the 2013 Toy Run compliments Steve Sansom. See the full video on YouTube.
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|Map for Victoria Park Adelaide|
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Along the left-hand-side of Pit Straight we have arranged for the worksite fencing to be moved back from the track to allow
room for riders to sit on the grass. Some of you will have arrived early and you'll want somewhere cool to sit until the Toy Run leaves.|
Please don't ride or park your bikes on any of the grass at Victoria Park. Any infringements could lead to the loss of this venue as the starting place for the Toy Run.
This year the whole Clipsal Track complex has been designated as a work site area, and it is now entirely fenced off. The fencing has been moved temporarily to accommodate the MRA Toy Run. Therefore, please take care when you are riding along the track, and be alert for any loose material.
Do not climb over any of the fencing, barriers or netting, as it could lead to safety or insurance problems.
The Clipsal Track is not a racetrack while the Toy Run is on, so hanging back or coming in after the Toy Run has left for a quick 'spirited ride' won't be permitted.
|The Ride on the Day|
The Toy Run will depart at 11am via the western gate of the Clipsal Track,
Wakefield Rd Adelaide. Follow behind Santa and his marshals as they travel
along Wakefield Road, turning left onto Hutt Street, left onto Glen Osmond Road,
onto the Freeway, turning off at the Callington exit and following the designated
route to Callington Oval, arriving at approx. 12 noon.
Speeds will remain lower than posted limits: about 40 kph in the suburbs, initially about 60 kph on the Freeway to enable riders who are separated by traffic lights to catch up so that we can present a spectacular mass of motorcycles, then 80 kph to the Callington exit.
We will use the centre and left-hand lanes of the Freeway to enable other traffic to pass safely on the outside lane.
Please do not speed or change your chosen position in the Run as it can be unsafe and disturbing for others, especially newcomers who are unfamiliar with riding in a large group.
Ample bike parking will be available on Oval No. 2 (the back oval). No bike parking will be available on or around Oval No. 1 other than that allocated for displays.
|Here is the route map for the ride from Victoria Park Adelaide to Callington.|
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Entry Fee -
The MRASA organise and fund this event, with last years event costing us around $24,000. We are struggling to meet this
commitment through sponsors and donations, so reluctantly need to introduce an entry fee.|
An MRASA entry fee of $5 per adult will get you into the oval. Entry is free for children under 16, Toy Run Marshals and MRASA members. To avoid queues at Callington Oval prepay at Victoria Park at the MRA Stand. More details are available in the public announcement (PDF format).
The MRASA Toy Run Committee have published a 'Letter to the Public' regarding comments regarding the oval entrance fee. If you want to know more about the reasons and decision to charge an entrance fee, please read this informative letter. We have published an information sheet for last minute information on this years Toy Run.
Activities - At the oval there will be a band and children's activities, including a blow-up castle, facepainting and Santa. There will also be food and drinks available, motorcycle trade displays and stalls selling everything from T-shirts to jewellery and tools. There will also be Toy Run badges available from the MRA stock tent. There will be demonstrations of trials riding, presented by Adrian and Tanya Harry of the Xtreme Trials Show.
Donations - Vinnies will be available inside the oval to accept your donations of money and toys. There will also be 'Drop and Ride' sites at the gates for those not wanting to join the festivities on the oval. Society of St Vincent de Paul collect the toys for distribution to needy kids. Please bring a toy for older children, games, books, sporting goods etc.
Toy Run Badge 2013 - This years Toy Run badge will be $8 for MRASA members and $10 for non-members. These will be available at the MRA Tent at Callington Oval.
|Riders Map for Callington|
If you require disabled parking at Callington, please Email
the Toy Run Coordinator and we will send you a special pass in the mail.|
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|MRA Toy Run - Show and Shine|
Application Process |
This event is free to enter. Riders who would like to enter their bikes in the Show & Shine competition can do so before the day of the Toy Run by sending the owner's details and bike description by
a) mail (GPO Box 1895 Adelaide 5001 - marked 'Toy Run Show & Shine Coordinator'), or
b) Email to Frank, the Show & Shine Coordinator.
Alternatively, you can enter on the day:
c) Riders can apply for a Show & Shine headlight sticker at the MRA Show & Shine information stand on the pit lane exit near the catering vans at Victoria Park on the day of the Toy Run, or
d) Applicants can present their bikes at Callington Oval by 12 midday on the day
unless maximum entries have been received prior to the event.
Presentation and Voting Process
Prior applicants may collect their stickers at Victoria Park by 10am on the day. Headlight stickers will be numbered at Callington Oval.
At the northern entrance to the Callington Oval complex, where the main contingent of motorcycles turns left off the bitumen to go to Oval 2 for parking, any Show & Shine participants in the Run should continue down Callington Road and enter the southern gate, where they will be directed to the Show & Shine display area near the MRA marquees (map coming soon).
Note: These participants must have a headlight sticker or they will be denied entry.
Buckets with numbers corresponding to those on the headlight stickers will be placed next to the bikes. Voting tickets for the Show & Shine will be available at a booth next to the display. The public will be invited to cast a vote for an overall winner. There will be no individual classes.
The MRA Toy Run Show & Shine Perpetual Trophy will be engraved with the current year, owner's name, make and model of bike and club or ride group (if applicable). This trophy will be retained by MRASA and displayed annually at the MRA Toy Run. A keeper trophy will be presented on the day for the winner to retain.
Show and Shine Conditions -
Show and Shine Winner 2013
1995 Suzuki RGV250 'Kevin Schwantz Replica' - Liam McDonald
|Marshalling at the Toy Run|
The Toy Run could not happen without our dedicated volunteers who help with the setup and pull down on
the day and many of whom marshal for us at Victoria Park, on the Run and at Callington Oval. We always
need more marshals to help make the event safe and successful.|
Over the last two years we have had assistance from SAPOL in the training of traffic marshals. It is now necessary for anyone involved in marshalling traffic in any circumstance to be accredited by SAPOL. This means attending a training session which takes about half an hour and receiving an accreditation card which enables you to marshal traffic anywhere, anytime. It doesn't cost anything and you only have to do the training once. So far we have successfully trained about forty marshals who want to be involved in the Toy Run.
To become an accredited marshal, you will need to attend one of the two available training sessions. These are free and will take less than an hour of your time. Contact Cathy on 0408 853 380 to confirm your place at either one of the following training sessions, both held at Wakefield Rd near the race track.
Please also remember that many children have been waiting on the side of the road
to see Santa for some time. In the interests of their safety, riders are asked
not to pull in between the SAPOL escort and marshals who ride behind Santa.|
Moving motorcyclists giving high fives (side fives really) to stationary spectators is highly discouraged. There is a high risk of injury to the spectator.
|Lolly Throwing Policy|
The MRA would appreciate it if riders did not throw lollies at children on the footpaths.
Our concern is that children will run onto the road to retrieve lollies and be hit by riders following.
Riders may want to pull over and hand out lollies or pull over and drop them on the foot path.
Please don't let them fall short.
|Thank you for your support|
The Motor Accident Commission is the major partner of the MRA Toy Run 2014.
MRASA will soon announce the full list of businesses and organisations supporting the MRA Toy Run. Key sponsors are also shown on the sponsors page.
St Vincent de Paul|
The Motor Accident Commission
Mt Barker Council
Adelaide City Council
SA Motor Sport Board
Callington Recreation Park Inc
Toll SPD Transport
If you need more information about the MRA Toy Run, or maybe you wish to become a sponsor, then please
contact Harald Lindemann (Toy Run Coordinator) by ringing (08) 8260 4461
or via Email
|MRASA Warning and Disclaimer|
Persons participating in rides and/or events organised by The MRA are reminded that motorcycling is
a high risk activity and that accidents can and do happen. The organisation of this event was conducted
as a free public service by the MRA. All participating riders of this event are expected to be licensed
and to ride at their own risk and insurance policies. All machines must be registered and roadworthy.
All road rules are to be adhered to and any form of unruly behaviour will not be tolerated.