Cosmo’s Toy Run is gearing up for November 5
October 29 – Cosmo’s Toy Run returns for its 13th year on November 5.
The motorcycle tour will depart from Forman Harley-Davidson, 3512 S. Boomer Road. Bikes depart at 2 p.m., but those who want lunch provided by Cherokee Strip BBQ can show up as early as noon. Anyone wishing to participate must bring a new, unwrapped toy to Forman before the staging begins at 1:45 p.m.
The Payne County Sheriff’s Office will escort runners up Sixth Street to Perkins and then to Lost Creek Church, where the toys will be picked up by Lions Meadows of Hope.
“Last year was the biggest we’ve had so far. I think we had around 55 bikes,” Cosmo Oldenburg said. “The more bikes we have, the more gifts we have. I’m a big numbers guy on bikes. We’ve got more bikes, we’ve got more toys.”
The date is earlier than it was in the past. Oldenburg wanted a date where the Cowboys were on the road for their football game. But, for Oldenburg, the journey starts even earlier. He runs through central Oklahoma with his fliers.
“I’m going everywhere to spread the word, from Moore to Edmond to Ponca City. I’ve hit every watering hole I know motorcycle enthusiasts hang out on,” he said.
He’s also helped by the people he says are his “inner circle for toy racing.”
Brett Brownlee and Cherokee Strip BBQ, Lynn Youngblood at Forman Harley Davidson, Dustin MacDonald at Chris’ University Spirit and Brenda Rolls at Frontier Engineering, Bobbie at Other Side Tavern and Bryan Larison at Lions Meadows of Hope. They are a big part of his success and stamina.
“Usually these things have a lifespan of three to seven years,” Oldenburg said. “You kick it, then you kick it and the interest dwindles and fades. There’s so many other things to do, but it’s been 13 years now.”
He says he helped about 45 families, and there were actually enough that Lions Meadows of Hope was able to send to families outside of Payne County.
Rain or shine, Oldenburg will be back on November 5, anticipating an even bigger event.