Riders in the Toy Run make their way down Fraser Street.

Bikers hit the road for 2014 Toy Run

Pink foam monkeys, donuts and leather pants kicked off the merry season for the Prince Rupert Harley Riders Club.

Pink foam monkeys, donuts and leather pants kicked off the merry season for the Prince Rupert Harley Riders Club, who helped raise thousands of dollars and hundreds toys during the 33rd Annual Toy Run over the weekend.

Fifty-five riders came from as far as Kitimat and Prince George, an increase over 2013’s participant totals, to take part in the tradition that gives kids a chance to have a terrific holiday season and provide some entertainment for the Harley Riders to boot.

Capt. Gary Sheils of the Salvation Army made some opening remarks before the riders took off down Fraser Street at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday for the poker run.

“What an awesome day,” Capt. Sheils said to the masses gathered around the silver chrome and two-wheeled modern carriages.

“I just want you to know how very thankful I am to each and every one of you for pitching in like this and for participating. It’s so important to what we do at this time of year … you just refresh and warm my heart with all the help that you give us.”

The Harley Riders rode with a patch honouring the memory of Jeff Adams, a club member who passed away recently.

After the poker run, the riders held a dance at Fisherman’s Hall with live bands and sold commemorative T-shirts and tickets for door prizes at the

venue.

The exact totals raised for the Prince Rupert Salvation Army Christmas Hamper Program have yet to be revealed.