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Kittanning motor sports business hosts toy run for charity

| Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013, 1:16 a.m.
SUBMITTED Stiller Motorsports employee Luke Prager takes his dirt bike off road during last year’s Steve Stillers 18th Annual Toy Run.

A local motor sports business plans to kick the holiday season into gear at 9 a.m. Sunday with its 19th Annual Toy Run at Scrubgrass Village OHV Park in Templeton.

Stiller Motorsports' owner Steve Stiller plans to host the event at the park, at 1130 Ridge Road, Templeton, to collect toys and money to benefit several local charities.

He expects hundreds of riders to attend the run, which caters to all-terrain vehicles, utility task vehicles, dirt bikes and other off-road vehicles.

They plan to host a second toy run this year catering to larger off road vehicles, including Jeeps and UTVs, on Dec. 15 at Scrubgrass Village OHV Park.

Each rider donates $20, which is used to purchase coats, gloves and other winter weather accessories, or a toy valued at $20, Steve Stiller said.

He said the event started off in 1994, with a group of 18 friends riding dirt bikes in Natrona Heights.

“It was supposed to be a small thing for the last ride of the year, where we collected toys, went riding and had lunch,” he said. “We donated the toys to members of our church, and now it's gone countywide and had people actually ship bikes in containers from all over the country to come ride.

“It's turned into something huge and a real blessing for the kids.”

Stiller's wife, Amy Stiller, said she is overwhelmed by how the event has grown into a large charitable event.

“We literally started out with one crock pot and a tray of cookies, and now we go through about 2,000 meatballs,” Amy Stiller said, laughing. “It's become a big social event for everyone to see each other, with a great place to ride, to help a good cause.”

The Stillers brought the event to the 1,242-acre Scrubgrass Village OHV Park in Templeton about three years ago because it had a larger riding area, Amy Stiller said.

The money and toys are donated to several charities, including Armstrong County's Youth and Children Services, Catholic Charities and the Bradley House.

“We thought this would be a great way to continue giving back to the community,” Amy Stiller said. “We couldn't do this without our great core group of friends who help us with everything that happens that day.

“It's just a fun day for everybody.”

For more information on Steve Stillers' 19th Annual Toy Run, call 724-545-1070 or 412-607-0960.

Brad Pedersen is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-543-1303, ext. 1337, or bpedersen@tribweb.com.

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