ST. PETERSBURG - Jim’s Harley-Davidson of St. Petersburg will be hosting its 23rd annual Jim Rosenkrans Memorial Toy Run on Sunday, Dec. 5.
This charity Toy Run is to takes place from Jim’s Harley-Davidson on a pre-determined route through St. Petersburg, St. Pete Beach and Pass-A-Grille. Participants will be leaving the dealership at 10 a.m.
Every participant must furnish a new, unwrapped toy or a $15 donation. Bring in 4 cans of food and receive a commemorative drink coolie. Pre-registration ends Friday, Dec. 3, with last-minute pre-registration ending Dec. 5 at 9 a.m.
The Toy Run started in 1979 where Jamie Rosenkrans, owner, was teaching at Skyview, Rio Vista and Woodlawn Elementary. It was then that Jim, former owner and former St. Pete Fire Fighter, and Jamie decided to create a vehicle for giving back to the community.
The event has grown much since then with the banner year’s roster consisting of 2,500 people and 1,800 bikes compared to the 30 motorcycles in its inaugural year.
The event has raised over $1 million dollars since its inception.
Not forgetting its humble beginnings, the Toy Run is still a major event for the dealership where owner Jamie Rosenkrans insists that no child be without a toy on Christmas.
Jim Rosenkrans passed away in 1988. Since then, the Toy Run has been renamed the “Jim Rosenkrans Memorial Toy Run” and although Jim is no longer here to share this momentous occasion, his memory lives on in the Toy Run.
Toy Run route directions
Start: Jim’s Harley-Davidson of St. Petersburg, 2805 54th Ave. N., St. Petersburg.
Leave Jim’s and head West on 54th Ave. N.
Turn Left on Park St. N. and head South
Turn Right onto Bay Pines Blvd. and head North West
Take Bay Pines Blvd. and merge onto State Road 666
State Road 666 becomes the Tom Stuart Causeway
Take a Left onto Gulf Blvd. and head South East
Gulf Blvd. becomes Blind Pass Rd.
Turn Right at 75th Ave. N. and head South West for 2 blocks
Turn Left at Gulf Blvd. and head South East
Gulf Blvd. becomes Pass-A-Grille Way
Turn Right at 22nd Ave. and head West for 2 blocks
Turn Left at Gulf Way and head South
Turn Left at 8th Ave. and head East for 2 blocks
Turn Left at Pass-A-Grille Way and head North
Pass-A-Grille Way becomes Gulf Blvd.
Turn Right onto 75th Ave. and head North East
Take the St. Pete Causeway to Pasadena Ave. S. and head NE