Verde Valley Toy Run rides into 32nd year

The Verde Valley Toy Run is set to mark its 32nd year, with all funds raised going to the Verde Valley Teen Center.  Registration for the dice run will take place Nov. 5 at the Walmart parking lot between 9-10:30 a.m. Kick stands go up at 10: 30 a.m. (VVN file photo)

The Verde Valley Toy Run is set to mark its 32nd year, with all funds raised going to the Verde Valley Teen Center. Registration for the dice run will take place Nov. 5 at the Walmart parking lot between 9-10:30 a.m. Kick stands go up at 10: 30 a.m. (VVN file photo)

COTTONWOOD – The Verde Valley Toy Run is set to mark its 32nd year, with all funds raised going to the Verde Valley Teen Center.

Registration for the dice run will take place Nov. 5 at the Walmart parking lot between 9-10:30 a.m. Kick stands go up at 10: 30 a.m.

The cost of admission is a donated unwrapped toy, plus $20 per rider, and $10 per passenger.

The toys are distributed to local families. Cheri Marx of the Verde Valley Teen Center said there was coordination last year with Yavapai County Officer Carlos Godina.

“He was getting last minute calls from desperate families in need of toys and we were able to help. Every toy was distributed as will be this year,” said Marx.

The run stops will be RIOT, Olde Sedona Bar and Grill, PJ’s Village Pub, and RR BBQ.

The end party will be at the Moose Lodge in Clarkdale from 2-4 p.m. Attendees can expect raffles, prizes, food, and music.

Marx said prizes have been donated from Arizona Stronghold, Blazin M Ranch, Rebecca Lienhart Tupperware, Food City (gift cards), Safeway (gift cards), Camp Verde Automotive (oil change up to $50), and Verde Canyon Railroad.

Around 60-70 bikes participated last year, said Marx, and more are anticipated this year.

“We hope to get at least 100 this year. Some people have been doing this run for years and show up with several toys to donate. A toy donation is part of the admission into the bike run,” said Marx.

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