MRASA The Motorcycle Riders' Association of South Australia
Callington Oval #2, 2014 Toy Run
  Toy Run
40th MRASA Toy Run - 9 December 2018
  The MRASA is holding the next Toy Run on the 9th December 2018. We will be departing from the Clipsal Track at 11am and will make our way to Callington Oval via Hutt St, Glen Osmond Road and the South Eastern Freeway. The MRA Toy Run has been held for many years, and usually occurs annually on the second Sunday in December. The MRASA organises and funds this event with incredible support from volunteers, sponsors and organisations who are proud and willing to be involved.

Our aim is to hold a community event to celebrate motorcycling with a strong focus on assisting the children of families in need during the festive season. We have traditionally chosen St Vincent de Paul as a beneficiary of the thousands of toys and gifts which are distributed to families in need. Come and join in the spectacle that is the Toy Run and please give generously.

If you have a question, first check out the Toy Run Frequently Asked Questions page. If you still have a question, please contact the Toy Run Coordinator.

Update 31 July 2018 - There has been some articles in the media over recent days suggesting that the Toy Run is short of equipment for this years event. This sensational claim by the media is inaccurate. The annual run will proceed as planned, we are on target to hold our 40th Toy Run departing the Clipsal Track on 9 December 2018 and finishing at the fete on Callington Oval.
MRA Toy Run Poster 2018
Toy Run Poster 2018

Map for Victoria Park Adelaide
  Victoria Park
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The Ride on the Day
  The Toy Run will depart at 11am via the western gate of the Clipsal Track, Wakefield Rd Adelaide. Follow behind Santa and his marshals as they travel along Wakefield Road, turning left onto Hutt Street, left onto Glen Osmond Road, onto the Freeway, turning off at the Callington exit and following the designated route to Callington Oval, arriving at approximately 12 noon.

Speeds will remain lower than posted limits: about 40 kph in the suburbs, initially about 60 kph on the Freeway to enable riders who are separated by traffic lights to catch up so that we can present a spectacular mass of motorcycles, then 80 kph to the Callington exit.

We will use the centre and left-hand lanes of the Freeway to enable other traffic to pass safely on the outside lane.

Please do not speed or change your chosen position in the Run as it can be unsafe and disturbing for others, especially newcomers who are unfamiliar with riding in a large group.

Ample bike parking will be available on Oval No. 2 (the back oval). No bike parking will be available on or around Oval No. 1 other than that allocated for displays.

Route Map
  Here is the route map for the ride from Victoria Park Adelaide to Callington.
  Toy Run Route
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Callington Oval
  Entry Fee - The MRASA organise and fund this event, with each years event costing us around $24,000. We are struggling to meet this commitment through sponsors and donations, so reluctantly need to have an entry fee.

An MRASA entry fee of $5 per adult will get you into the oval. Entry is free for children under 16, Toy Run Marshals and MRASA members. To avoid queues at Callington Oval prepay at Victoria Park at the MRA Stand. More details are available in the public announcement (PDF format).

The MRASA Toy Run Committee have published a 'Letter to the Public' regarding comments regarding the oval entrance fee. If you want to know more about the reasons and decision to charge an entrance fee, please read this informative letter. We have published an information sheet for last minute information on this years Toy Run.

Activities - At the oval there will be a band and children's activities, including a blow-up castle, facepainting and Santa. There will also be food and drinks available, motorcycle trade displays and stalls selling everything from T-shirts to jewellery and tools. There will also be Toy Run badges available from the MRA stock tent.

Donations - Vinnies will be available inside the oval to accept your donations of money and toys. There will also be 'Drop and Ride' sites at the gates for those not wanting to join the festivities on the oval. Society of St Vincent de Paul collect the toys for distribution to needy kids. Please bring a toy for older children, games, books, sporting goods etc.

Toy Run Badge 2018 - This years Toy Run badge will be $8 for MRASA members and $10 for non-members. These will be available at the MRA Tent at Callington Oval.

Riders Map for Callington
  If you require disabled parking at Callington, please Email the Toy Run Coordinator and we will send you a special pass in the mail.
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MRA Toy Run - Show and Shine
  Application Process
This event is free to enter. Riders who would like to enter their bikes in the Show & Shine competition can do so before the day of the Toy Run by sending the owner's details and bike description by
a) mail (GPO Box 1895 Adelaide 5001 - marked 'Toy Run Show & Shine Coordinator'), or
b) Email to Frank, the Show & Shine Coordinator.

Alternatively, you can enter on the day:
c) Riders can apply for a Show & Shine headlight sticker at the MRA Show & Shine information stand on the pit lane exit near the catering vans at Victoria Park on the day of the Toy Run, or
d) Applicants can present their bikes at Callington Oval by 12 midday on the day
unless maximum entries have been received prior to the event.

Presentation and Voting Process
Prior applicants may collect their stickers at Victoria Park by 10am on the day. Headlight stickers will be numbered at Callington Oval.

At the northern entrance to the Callington Oval complex, where the main contingent of motorcycles turns left off the bitumen to go to Oval 2 for parking, any Show & Shine participants in the Run should continue down Callington Road and enter the southern gate, where they will be directed to the Show & Shine display area near the MRA marquees (map coming soon).
Note: These participants must have a headlight sticker or they will be denied entry.

Buckets with numbers corresponding to those on the headlight stickers will be placed next to the bikes. Voting tickets for the Show & Shine will be available at a booth next to the display. The public will be invited to cast a vote for an overall winner. There will be no individual classes.

The MRA Toy Run Show & Shine Perpetual Trophy will be engraved with the current year, owner's name, make and model of bike and club or ride group (if applicable). This trophy will be retained by MRASA and displayed annually at the MRA Toy Run. A keeper trophy will be presented on the day for the winner to retain.

Show and Shine Conditions -
  • Due to space availability at Callington Oval the number of motorcycles in the competition will be limited to 30.
  • There is no entry fee to this event other than the $5 Toy Run entry fee (please pre-pay this at Victoria Park or upon entry to the Show & Shine area at Callington Oval). There is no fee to vote.
  • The bike with the most public votes will be declared the winner. There will be one vote allowed per person.
  • Voting will commence at 12 midday and close at 2pm on the day of the Toy Run. The winner will be announced at 2.15pm and presented with the trophy.
  • The winning motorcycle and its rider must be present at Callington Oval when the winner is announced to be eligible for the trophy.
  • If the motorcycle and rider with the most votes is not present at the time the winner is announced, another motorcycle and rider will be declared the winner.
  • The organisers' decision will be final.
Marshalling at the Toy Run
  The Toy Run could not happen without our dedicated volunteers who help with the setup and pull down on the day and many of whom marshal for us at Victoria Park, on the Run and at Callington Oval. We always need more marshals to help make the event safe and successful.

Over the last two years we have had assistance from SAPOL in the training of traffic marshals. It is now necessary for anyone involved in marshalling traffic in any circumstance to be accredited by SAPOL. This means attending a training session which takes about half an hour and receiving an accreditation card which enables you to marshal traffic anywhere, anytime. It doesn't cost anything and you only have to do the training once. So far we have successfully trained over fifty marshals who want to be involved in the Toy Run.

To become an accredited marshal, you will need to attend one of the two available training sessions. These are free and will take less than an hour of your time. Contact Cathy on 0408 853 380 to confirm your place at either one of the following training sessions, both held at Wakefield Rd near the race track. The session usually consists of a 30 minute session from SAPOL, followed by a 1 hour session with the MRA discussing duties and requirements. If you have the time, there will be a ride to Callington to familiarise yourself with requirements at the ride destination.

Marshal training dates for 2018 are as follows:
  • Saturday 3rd November, 10am at western gate of the Clipsal track, Wakefield Rd
  • Thursday 15th November, 6pm at western gate of the Clipsal Track, Wakefield Rd
The initial SAPOL marshalling session will be followed by an MRASA training session where existing marshals can collect their vest and book in their positions for Toy Run day. We urge marshals to help on set up day Saturday 8th Dec at Callington and also with pack up after the festivities at Callington.
Public Safety
  Please also remember that many children have been waiting on the side of the road to see Santa for some time. In the interests of their safety, riders are asked not to pull in between the SAPOL escort and marshals who ride behind Santa.

Moving motorcyclists giving high fives (side fives really) to stationary spectators is highly discouraged. There is a high risk of injury to the spectator.

While queuing at the start and enjoying the festivities at Callington, please do not bring your pet (i.e. dog) at this poses a risk to others (particularly children) enjoying the event.

Lolly Throwing Policy
  The MRA would appreciate it if riders did not throw lollies at children on the footpaths. Our concern is that children will run onto the road to retrieve lollies and be hit by riders following. Riders may want to pull over and hand out lollies or pull over and drop them on the foot path. Please don't let them fall short.

Thank you for your support
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The Motor Accident Commission is the major partner of the MRA Toy Run 2018.
MRASA would like to acknowledge the support of the following businesses and organisations. Key sponsors are also shown on the sponsors page.
  St Vincent de Paul
The Motor Accident Commission
Mt Barker Council
Adelaide City Council
SA Motor Sport Board
Callington Recreation Park Inc
Toll SPD Transport

More Information
  If you need more information about the MRASA Toy Run, or maybe you wish to become a sponsor, then please contact Cathy Lux by ringing 0408 853 380 or via Email

Media Links for 2017
  MRASA Photo Gallery 2017
Channel Nine News
The Advertiser (pre-run)
Adelaide Now
Murray Valley Standard
Media Links for 2016
  MRASA Photo Gallery 2016
Channel Nine News
Murray Valley Standard Photos

Toy Runs around South Australia
  Here is a list of some more Toy Runs held within South Australia. For a list of Toy Runs around Australia, visit Toy Run Org.
  • Northern Yorke Peninsula - Sunday 25th November 2018. Meet at V&V MCC of NYP clubrooms, Drain Road Kadina. Ride will depart at 10am and return at approx 12.30pm for a BBQ lunch @ $10 per person. There will be a long run and a short run, open to any roadworthy and registered motorcycle. All Welcome, phone Kerry 0429 906 677 or Pat 8821 1075. NYP Ride Flyer
  • Port Pirie - FTMA 2018 32nd Annual Paul Gianoni Memorial Toy Run - Sunday 25th November 2018. Meet 9am at Ellen Street Port Pirie. There will be two routes both with the same destination of Laura Hotel. FTMA Ride Flyer
    Contact Lefty 0412 767 945 or Chesty 0418 845 148.
  • Roxby Downs - tba. Run usually goes from Roxby Downs to Andamooka.
  • Waikerie - Sunday 2nd December 2018. Assemble outside the Waikerie Hotel and depart at 9am for Loxton via Moorook. Combined group then departs Loxton to arrive Barmera Markets at around 11.40am
  • Renmark - Sunday 2nd December 2018. Assemble in Macca's carpark, departing 9.15am for Loxton via Paringa. Combined group will then ride to Berri and on to the Barmera Markets to arrive at around 11.40am
    Riverland Runs organised by the Ulysses Mallee Branch. Here is the 2018 Ride Flyer
  • Limestone Coast - Sat 1st December 2018. Meet at the Marketplace carpark in Mount Gambier.
    Departs meeting point at 12.30pm. Contact Jezza on 0400 125 545. Proceeds go to the department for child protection.
    Facebook Page. 2018 Ride Flyer

MRASA Warning and Disclaimer
  Persons participating in rides and/or events organised by The MRA are reminded that motorcycling is a high risk activity and that accidents can and do happen. The organisation of this event was conducted as a free public service by the MRA. All participating riders of this event are expected to be licensed and to ride at their own risk and insurance policies. All machines must be registered and roadworthy. All road rules are to be adhered to and any form of unruly behaviour will not be tolerated.

Glenelg, 2010 Toy Run

Hahndorf oval, 2010 Toy Run

Oval #2, 2012 Toy Run

Oval #2, 2013 Toy Run
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