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First Sleigh Ride Toy Run from Temecula to Morongo set to roar through town


Last updated 12/9/2017 at Noon

A captain America-themed custom motorcycle is just one of two bikes to be given away at the first sleigh ride Toy Run between Temecula and Morongo Casino, Resort and Spa. Courtesy photo

Cabazon – Motorcycle riders from across Southern California and beyond are invited to head out on the highway for a massive charity run that will culminate with two-day concert and festival at the Morongo Casino, Resort and Spa and could land someone a new custom ride in their garage.

Morongo will host the Sleigh Ride Toy Run, one of Southern California’s biggest bike festivals and toy drives for disadvantaged children, Dec. 9-10. The ride kicks off 9 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 9, with starting lines at Palm Springs Harley, 19465 North Indian Canyon Drive, and at Temecula Harley, 28964 Old Town Front Street. The ride will end at Morongo for the two-day, family-friendly festival.

“Thanks to Morongo and hundreds of riders, children in need across Southern California will experience a brighter holiday season,” J. J. Johnson of the J. J. Johnson Foundation, which will collect and distribute the toys, said. “Some of the toys will also be shipped to assist families and children in Puerto Rico who are still suffering from the devastating impacts of Hurricane Maria.”

linkFestival guests can win a new 2017 Harley-Davidson FLHXS Street Glide Special from Palm Springs Harley, Dec. 9.

link The next day, one lucky guest will win a red, white and blue ‘Captain America’ chromed custom chopper built by legendary motorcycle designer Paul Yaffe from one of the last remaining kits seen in the movie “Easy Rider.”

Live music will be provided by 80s’ metal bands Great White and Slaughter, Dec. 9, and by Vixen and Autograph will perform, Dec. 10.

At the festival, guests will enjoy great food and drinks from vendors in the Morongo Outdoor Pavilion, and they can browse a huge trade show by craftsman selling premium leathers, helmets and custom gear.

link “The Sleigh Ride is going to be roaring good time here at Morongo, and it’s all for a great cause,” Simon Farmer, executive director of marketing at Morongo, said. “With performances from legendary metal bands to motorcycle giveaways on both days, this is one weekend of fun at Morongo that riders won’t want to miss.”

Tickets are on sale through Ticketmaster and at the Morongo box office for $20 per person, $35 per couple or for $25 at the door. Tickets include festival and concert admission, as well as the Saturday ride. Food and drinks at the event will be sold separately.

Entry is free, Dec. 10 with the donation of a new, unwrapped toy valued at $15 or more.

For more information, visit Morongo at or the J.J. Johnson Foundation at


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