Bikes and Barbies

Posted Sept. 16, 2011, at 5:18 a.m.
Greg Williams of Auburn responds to some friendly grief given to him by his biker buddies while posing with a toy before the 30th annual toy run in Augusta.
Greg Williams of Auburn responds to some friendly grief given to him by his biker buddies while posing with a toy before the 30th annual toy run in Augusta.
Kathy Hargreaves of Phillips decorated her motorcycle with a "newborn baby" doll before leaving the Augusta Civic Center to take part in the 30th annual toy run, Sunday, Sept 11, 2011. An estimated 20,000 riders collected thousands of toys to be distributed to children throughout the state at Christmastime.
Kathy Hargreaves of Phillips decorated her motorcycle with a "newborn baby" doll before leaving the Augusta Civic Center to take part in the 30th annual toy run, Sunday, Sept 11, 2011. An estimated 20,000 riders collected thousands of toys to be distributed to children throughout the state at Christmastime.
Pat White, of Canton, and his chihuahua Rocky (wearing "doggles") pose with the Hot Wheels tricycle they donated in the 30th annual toy run, Sunday, Sept 11, 2011.
Pat White, of Canton, and his chihuahua Rocky (wearing "doggles") pose with the Hot Wheels tricycle they donated in the 30th annual toy run, Sunday, Sept 11, 2011.
Santa Mark Rideout, with his helper, Pam McQueeney, gives a friendly wave before leaving on 30th annual toy run, Sunday in Augusta.
Santa Mark Rideout, with his helper, Pam McQueeney, gives a friendly wave before leaving on 30th annual toy run, Sunday in Augusta.
Harley-Davidson riker Mike Richards of Farmington donated a dump truck to be given to a needy child at Christmas.
Harley-Davidson riker Mike Richards of Farmington donated a dump truck to be given to a needy child at Christmas.
Rob Frost poses on his bike with a "sing-a-ma-jigs" bear that he hopes will warm a kid's heart over the holidays.
Rob Frost poses on his bike with a "sing-a-ma-jigs" bear that he hopes will warm a kid's heart over the holidays.
Ron Vachon of Winslow poses on his bike covered with stuffed animals before leaving the Augusta Civic Center on the toy run.
Robert F. Bukaty
Ron Vachon of Winslow poses on his bike covered with stuffed animals before leaving the Augusta Civic Center on the toy run.
Biker Tammy Porter of Gardner poses with some of the stuffed animals she donated following the toy run.
Biker Tammy Porter of Gardner poses with some of the stuffed animals she donated following the toy run.
"Santa needs his reindeer," said biker Ed Caron, of Topsham, explaining the antlers on his helmet. He donated a stuffed lion.
"Santa needs his reindeer," said biker Ed Caron, of Topsham, explaining the antlers on his helmet. He donated a stuffed lion.
Biker Duayne Rollins pops a wheelie on the tiny bicycle he donated following the toy run. Rollins, an assistant fire chief in Solon, hopes to pass along his love of two-wheeled transportation to a needy child at Christmas.
Biker Duayne Rollins pops a wheelie on the tiny bicycle he donated following the toy run. Rollins, an assistant fire chief in Solon, hopes to pass along his love of two-wheeled transportation to a needy child at Christmas.
Katrina Tong of Augusta poses with the large stuffed bear she donated following the 30th annual toy run to be given to children throughout the state at Christmas.
Katrina Tong of Augusta poses with the large stuffed bear she donated following the 30th annual toy run to be given to children throughout the state at Christmas.
Fulton Oakes of Wiscasset arrived in Augusta for the start of the 30th annual toy run, Sunday, Sept 11, 2011. The two bicycles tied on under the flag were among the thousands of toys collected by bikers to be distributed to children throughout the state at Christmastime.
Fulton Oakes of Wiscasset arrived in Augusta for the start of the 30th annual toy run, Sunday, Sept 11, 2011. The two bicycles tied on under the flag were among the thousands of toys collected by bikers to be distributed to children throughout the state at Christmastime.
Clad in leather and clutching toys, thousands of motorcyclists roared into the Augusta Civic Center last Sunday for the United Bikers of Maine’s annual toy run. It’s the 30th year for the event, which is the largest independent toy run in the country. More than 15,000 riders were expected, each bearing a new, unwrapped toy for holiday distribution to needy children. Photographer Robert Bukaty captured the bikers, along with their Hot Wheels, Barbies and stuffed bears, as they headed off for their ride.
CORRECTION:

An early version of this story incorrectly identified United Bikers of Maine's toy run as a Toys for Tots event.

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