Drivers should expect heavy traffic and road closures Saturday for the Olympia Toy Run, an annual event that draws as many as 10,000 motorcyclists, who ride from Lacey to Capitol Lake in Olympia.
Motorcyclists meet at South Sound Center on Sleater Kinney Road in Lacey at 10 a.m. and leave for Marathon Park on the shores of Capitol Lake at 1 p.m., traveling via Pacific Avenue, State Avenue, Capitol Way, Fifth Avenue and Deschutes Parkway.
Organizers say there will be heavy traffic and long delays in downtown Olympia during the ride that typically lasts two hours.
Also, Deschutes Parkway in Olympia will be closed from 6:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
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The southbound Interstate 5 exit to Pacific Avenue will close from 1 to 2:30 p.m. On the northbound I-5 exit to Pacific Avenue, the left turn onto Pacific Avenue will be blocked.
Participants in the Toy Run donate toys and money to The Salvation Army’s Toy N’ Joy Shop, which distributes gifts to needy children.