Arizona truck convoy makes ‘gains in awareness’

| 9/8/2008

Two of the three World’s Largest Truck Convoy events for Special Olympics this past weekend were canceled, but trucks rolled in Kingman, AZ, on Saturday, Sept. 6.

Ruth Sanchez of Arizona Special Olympics reported that while truck attendance was down – only four – the event was still a community success.

“It’s tough for the truckers, we know, with the economy and all. But the momentum was there with the community; we had a lot of law enforcement involved, police departments, fire departments and more. Where we lost a bit in truck attendance, we made big gains in awareness.

“It was my first convoy, and I rode in the cab with a driver, Renee Gunther,” Sanchez told Land Line, “and all seven athletes got to ride in a truck, which was wonderful.”

Arizona Special Olympics has two more convoys scheduled to benefit Special Olympics. The next will gather at Phoenix International Raceway and convoy south, departing Phoenix on Sept. 20. The third will gather at the Pilot Travel Center in Eloy on Oct. 4.

For more information, contact Ruth Sanchez at or Gussie Taylor at

Two other convoys were scheduled for the past weekend, but both were canceled. The South Carolina convoy event for Special Olympics, originally scheduled for Sept. 6, was canceled and will now roll on Saturday, Oct. 4.

Although the South Carolina Special Olympics Web site didn’t give a reason for the change, it’s safe to say that Tropical Storm Hanna played a role.

Las Vegas’ convoy event, planned for Sept. 6, was canceled altogether.

Rachel Commeford of Special Olympics Nevada told Land Line Magazine that low interest and a tough economy contributed to the event’s cancellation. She said Special Olympics will still send goody bags and flags to those few companies who were still interested in participating.