Hundreds of motorcycles are set to roar through Harker Heights, Killeen and Copperas Cove en route to Lampasas on Sunday as part of the 27th annual TriCounty Toy Run.
Registration begins at 10 a.m. at American Legion Post 133, 1300 S. 25th St. in Temple. The motorcycles will depart Temple at 1 p.m. bound for the 281 Cafe and Dancehall, 300 U.S. Highway 281 in Lampasas.
The route will be the same as past years, said Bruce Raymond, ride chairman.
The riders will come out of American Legion Post 133 and head west on West Avenue M. They will then take a right at 57th Street and a left at South General Bruce Drive in Temple.
At the first entrance ramp, the riders will merge onto Interstate 35 and ride through Belton. The riders will travel on Interstate 14 through Nolanville, Harker Heights and Killeen.
When they get to Copperas Cove, the riders will take the U.S. Highway 190 bypass.
Motorists should be aware that the intersection of U.S. Highway 190 and Farm-to-Market 2657 will be closed.
The riders will continue on U.S. Highway 190 to U.S. Highway 281, where they will take a right until they get to 281 Cafe and Dancehall.
Last year’s ride drew about 700 motorcyclists. Raymond said the ride averages between 800 and 1,000 riders, although he has seen participation as high as 2,500 riders.
The mission of the TriCounty Toy Run of Central Texas is “to make sure a needy child does not go without Christmas,” the group’s Facebook page said.
The cost of participation in the toy run is either a $10 donation or a new toy.
Residents should plan for extra travel time and plan alternate routes that day. The exit and entrance ramps on Interstate 14 will be blocked during the event.