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Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Teddy Bear Run

I have been told that bikers are the most generous demographic in the USA. When think about the numerous charity events and how many bikers participate I can believe that statement.
One such event is the Annual Collin County Children’s Advocacy Center Teddy Bear Run. This event was held again on November 1, 2009. My son and I attended the run. This was my third time to participate.

Teddy Bears on the bike above were donated by Bill Smith's Cafe, McKinney, TX.

The CCCAC Teddy Bear Run is a well-organized event with a very worthy cause. This annual event is one of the bigger toy/teddy bear runs in the north Texas area (maybe in the state, but I don’t know about all the runs). 

Registration and the starting point are in the McKinney High School parking lot. $10 or a Teddy Bear is all that is required. Many riders bring multiple teddy bears. Ride pins and t-shirts are also available to purchase. From 9 am to 11:45 am bike roll in and are directed to line up for the ride. The organization for the line up is great and this keeps things safe in the parking lot. Plenty of room is allowed between rows for people to walk, examine bikes, and visit.

The organizers arrange each year for police escort and for traffic to be stop on one of the busiest highways in the metroplex, US 75. There are also a large number of volunteer bikers who help block traffic (after law-enforcement secures the intersection or on ramp). The controlling of the “cages” really makes the ride pleasant and safe.
The 20-mile ride travels down US 75 to East on Plano Parkway to north on Los Rios, which runs directly in front of the Advocacy Center. Food, drinks, entertainment, and raffle tickets are available at the center with proceeds benefiting the CCCAC.
This is a great ride. If you have not attended the ride make plans to next year. The ride is always on the first Sunday of November. You will have a great time.   (Awesome gold trike ridden by G.E. and Janis Vaughn of Greenville)

2 comments:

  1. Great pics! Goodlooking trike pic! Great info about a great ride and cause! Enjoy it every year and it is one of the safest rides with 1,000 bikers going that far. Thanks to the help of McKinney,Allen, and Plano police departments. Nothing better than seeing the cheering on of the Children's Advocacy Center volunteers...priceless.

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  2. I'm envious of Texas weather in November. This an awesome cause and looks to be a pretty good turnout. Hope it works out just as well next year.

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