Bikers revving up for Conway Regional Toy Run

Bikers from throughout Arkansas will gather in Conway on Saturday, Dec. 12, for the 15th annual Conway Regional Toy Run.

The bikers will begin their line up at 10 a.m. at Landers Toad Suck Harley Davidson, 1110 Collier Drive off Museum Road in Conway. At noon, Santa will lead the way for a caravan of motorcycles, trikes and cages (cars) leaving the dealership for Conway Regional Medical Center, where they will deliver the toys.

About 250 people participated in the event last year.

“No child should be in the hospital at Christmas without a toy,” said Steve “Painter” Polk, who has organized the Toy Run since it began in 2000.

“Each year, the number of toys has grown to the point that it supplies our patients all year,” said Jo Lynne Gasaway, RN, director of pediatrics.

The Toy Run collects a variety of toys for children who are patients in the pediatrics unit. The Run is no longer just for bikers; individuals are invited to drive cars or trucks. The only requirement is to bring a new, unwrapped toy for a child or youth 6 months to 16 years of age.

The event is family-oriented. Polk said, “I encourage everyone to come out and bring their kids. We have fun while helping other children.”

Individuals who cannot attend the run can drop off toys at the Harley Davidson dealership.

To participate in the run, call Polk at 501.472.1628 or David Hawks at 501.450.0745. For more information check out the Facebook page at