Red Young returned to the Okanagan Motorcycle Riders’ Association Toy Run as Santa to lead them through the rain on Sunday. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)

Red Young returned to the Okanagan Motorcycle Riders’ Association Toy Run as Santa to lead them through the rain on Sunday. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)

Santa and the Okanagan Motorcycle Riders Association brave the rain for 32nd annual Toy Run

The riders gathered up donations for the St. Vincent De Paul Society in Penticton.

The annual Okanagan Motorcycle Riders Association’s Toy Run has gone through bad weather before, although this year’s Sunday of rain was worse than usual.

Read More: OMRA Christmas Toy Run goes Sunday in Penticton

“Since I started doing the toy run nine years ago,” said organizer Jack Batstone. “This is probably the worst weather we’ve had. But I think it was a good turnout, there were a lot more people who showed up as audience, and they all bought tickets, and that turned out really good. It’s still raining out, but I think everything still worked out.”

In previous years, the Toy Run has seen between 80 to 100 riders travel the circuit from Penticton to Summerland to Oliver and back again. This year, 25 motorcycles braved the rains to pick up the toy donations for Christmas this year.

“This is the first time it has been this miserable,” said Red Young, who rode as Santa Claus. “It has rained before but not for the whole ride. So attendance is down and yields are down, but it’s still raising for the kids. ”

Young donned the familiar red and white for his 21st Toy Run, having officially put up the coat last year to be regular rider, something he’s looking forward to returning to next year.

Read More: The 31st Annual Toy Run a success

Last year’s Toy Run also faced a rainy day, although the weather then held off until the end of ride. That run raised over $1,500 for the kids, and brought in over 300 donated toys. This year’s money hasn’t been counted yet, and the pile of toys was noticeably smaller. The drop in donations wasn’t due solely to the weather either.

“The other big reason is because Kelowna has their Toy Run on the same day,” Batstone said. “So we’re going to have to figure that out.

All of the toys and the money raised by the raffles and 50/50 sale during the Toy Run goes to the St. Vincent De Paul Society in Penticton for Christmas. This year, the winners of the 50/50 draw for $135 and the Schwinn bicycle raffle donated their prizes back to the Toy Run.

To report a typo, email:


Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

The Penticton Curling Club is closed due to a member testing positive for COVID. (Facebook)
COVID-19 case closes Penticton Curling Club

A member tested positive, says the curling club

Sickle Point as seen from the air. (Kaleden Community Association - David Mai)
Efforts to save Sickle Point down to the wire

The riparian wetland is in the middle of a court-ordered sale

Paul Biro of Summerland has organized a special drive-by holiday lights event to take place on the evening of Friday, Nov. 27. (Contributed)
Extra COVID-19 safety protocols added to Summerland drive-by lights tour

Map is available by download; living nativity and Santa display eliminated

COVID-19. (Image courtesy CDC)
Interior Health reports 65 new cases of COVID-19

Province-wide, there are 887 new cases of the virus

Discovery House residents Raegan Phillips and Greg Elliott with lighted ornaments for the 2018 Shed the Light on Addiction campaign. (Western News file)
Discovery House campaign commemorates those lost to addiction

1,386 people have died due to illicit drug overdoses in B.C. so far this year

B.C. Health Minister Adrian Dix and provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry update the COVID-19 situation at the B.C. legislature, Nov. 23, 2020. (B.C. government)
B.C. sets another COVID-19 record with 887 new cases

Another 13 deaths, ties the highest three days ago

RCMP searched for a suspect in Polson Park following an assault on a woman Thursday, Nov. 26. (Morning Star file photo)
Public warned after woman assaulted in Vernon’s Polson Park

RCMP on the hunt for suspect, described as in his 30’s

Arthur Topham has been sentenced to one month of house arrest and three years of probation after breaching the terms of his probation. Topham was convicted of promoting hate against Jewish people in 2015. (Photo submitted)
Quesnel man convicted for anti-Semitic website sentenced to house arrest for probation breach

Arthur Topham was convicted of breaching probation following his 2017 sentence for promoting hatred

Langley School District's board office. (Langley Advance Times files)
‘Sick Out’ aims to pressure B.C. schools over masks, class sizes

Parents from Langley and Surrey are worried about COVID safety in classrooms

The baby boy born to Gillian and Dave McIntosh of Abbotsford was released from hospital on Wednesday (Nov. 25) while Gillian continues to fight for her life after being diagnosed with COVID-19.
B.C. mom with COVID-19 still fighting for life while newborn baby now at home

Son was delivered Nov. 10 while Gillian McIntosh was in an induced coma

Summerland’s recreational facilities, including the arena and the aquatic centre, are open at present, but regulations are in place to slow the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. (Summerland Review file photo>
COVID-19 safety protocols in place at Summerland’s municipal buildings

Doors remain open, but masks, physical distancing and other measures have been put in place

The Rutland IGA is located in Willow Park Shopping Centre at 590 BC-33. (Michael Rodriguez - Kelowna Capital News)
Customer asked to mask up, throws hot coffee at Kelowna IGA employee

The woman grabbed cat food on her way out when she refused to wear a mask

City of Armstrong Public Works Yard. (Google Maps)
Armstrong city staffer threatened in snow removal complaint

Community services manager says ‘veiled threat’ is believed to have been flippant, but is being taken seriously

In mid-July, the home of an Indo-Canadian family in Summerland was vandalized, with images including swastikas spray-painted on the house. Since that time, Summerland Mayor Toni Boot has been calling for community conversations about issues relating to race. (Summerland Review file photo)
Provincial funds available for Summerland conversations about racism

Money will not flow directly from province to municipality

Most Read