Special Olympics truck convoy set for Sept. 24 in Pennsylvania

| 8/5/2005

Truckers with routes through the Northeast are being invited to schedule their loads so that they can join the Pennsylvania convoy for Special Olympics on Sept. 24.

The convoy, which takes place around Harrisburg’s capital beltway, is part of the Pennsylvania Law Enforcement Torch Run to benefit Special Olympics.

The convoy is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. with a police escort around the 27-mile-long Interstate 81, Interstate 83 and Route 581 beltway. Participating trucks will return to their staging area at the Pennsylvania Farm Show parking lot on Cameron Street in Harrisburg for entertainment, exhibits and other activities after the convoy.

Truckers can bid on being the lead truck, the most coveted position in the convoy. Qualifying trucks include bobtail semis, truck-trailer combinations, large trucks, low boys, dump trucks, flat beds, buses and large tow trucks. A single entry is $100, with other multi-truck sponsorships available.

“The World’s Largest Truck Convoy helps over 26,000 athletes participate free of charge in Special Olympics Pennsylvania,” said Janine Cesare, President of Special Olympics, in a press release. “We are indebted to the trucking industry and the Pennsylvania Law Enforcement Torch Run for their service.”

With its September capital beltway convoy, Pennsylvania joins 35 other states with convoy events in 2005.

Information about the Pennsylvania convoy is available by contacting Jim Harrity, director of the Pennsylvania Law Enforcement Torch Run, at (610) 633-2685, by calling Special Olympics at 1-800-700-8585, or by emailing truckconvoy@specialolympics.org. Information about the convoys and registration forms for the individual state convoys are on http://www.worldslargesttruckconvoy.com.