Special Olympics convoy happening across North America on Sept. 20

| Tuesday, September 16, 2014

All across North America, various states and provinces will be hosting the Annual World’s Largest Truck Convoy for Special Olympics on Sept. 20. From Arizona to North Carolina and as far north as Alberta, Canada, people can participate, watch the convoy, and enjoy other activities.

In conjunction with the Law Enforcement Torch Run, the one-day event combines celebrating the truck industry with raising awareness and funds for Special Olympics. Truckers will meet at a staging location and move the convoy to a predetermined location. Other events will vary from location to location.

Below are the Special Olympics convoys slated for this Saturday, Sept. 20:

Arizona – Westgate City Center
The convoy will move from the Westgate City Center in Glendale, Ariz., for a 20-mile route around the valley and back to the center.

For more information, contact Cortney Vandenberg at 623-521-7176 or email her at Cortney@specialolympicsarizona.org.

Arkansas – Maverick USA
Music, lunch, live auctions, speakers and an award ceremony are all included. Convoy will move from Maverick USA in North Little Rock to Highway 70, onto I-440, to I-30, onward to I-40 and take Exit 161 back to Maverick USA.

For more information, contact Camie Powell at 501-771-0222.

Nebraska – Smith Softball Complex
Sept. 19 will include a picnic, softball game, raffle and other activities at the Smith Softball Complex in Hastings, Neb. Saturday will include the convoy, award ceremony, lunch, auction and more. The convoy will go from Hastings, Neb., to Grand Island, Neb., using Highway 281.

For more information, contact Katie Ryan at 800-247-0105 or email at kryan@sone.org.

North Carolina – Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
Route will start at PNC Music Pavilion in Charlotte and use U.S. 29 and I-485 to loop back around.

For more information, email Dot Kohlbach at dkohlbach@sonc.net or visit nctruckconvoy.com.

North Dakota – Red River Valley Fairgrounds
For more information, contact Special Olympics North Dakota at 701-746-0331.

South Carolina – S.C. Department of Public Safety
Truckers will meet at the grounds of the S.C. Department of Public Safety and are escorted in convoy down I-77 through one of the busiest corridors of Columbia and back. A picnic, live DJ, dunk-a-cop booth, jump castle, massages and other games and activities will all be available.

For more information, contact Deborah Jacobs at 803-404-5517 or email at DJacobs@so-sc.org.

South Dakota – Central States Fairgrounds
Live music, food by Texas Roadhouse, and a light show at dusk will kick things off on Friday. The convoy on Saturday will start at the Fairgrounds in Rapid City and use SD-44, Sedivy Lane, Patrick Street and Campbell Street to complete the loop.

For more information, contact Robin Madsen at 605-545-0275 or email at rmadsen@bhws.com. Kelsey Messerschmidt can also be contacted at 605-331-4117 or email at kmesserschmidt@sosd.org. Also visit their website at sdconvoy.org.

South Dakota – W.H. Lyon Fairgrounds
Live music, food by Texas Roadhouse, a poker tournament and a light show at dusk will kick things off on Friday. Truckers will meet at the fairgrounds in Sioux Falls and make the loop via I-229 and I-29.

For more information, contact Marty Ellis at 471-291-0202 or email at bigmarty@sdconvoy.org, or Brad Pagel at 605-366-3025 or email at bradtricia@sdconvoy.org. Todd Bradwisch can also be reached at 605-331-4117 or email tbradwisch@sosd.org. Also visit their website at sdconvoy.org.

Wisconsin – Pioneer Travel Plaza
Presented by Quad/Graphics and EH Wolf and Sons, truckers will move along Highway 41 from Richfield to Oshkosh. The day will wrap up with a celebration party complete with live music from singer/songwriter Rob Anthony, awards, raffles, an auction and tailgate party.

For more information, contact Christina Harris at 608-442-5672 or 262-389-5210 or email at charris@specialolympicswisconsin.org.

Alberta – Grande Prairie
Truckers will meet at Ritchie Bros. on Highway 43 and R.R. 1. For more information, contact Shirley Norton at 780-933-7732 or visit albertatorchrun.ca.

Alberta – Rocky View
The venue is the Alberta Motor Transport Association. For more information, contact Det. Theresa Garagan at tgaragan@calgarypolice.ca or visit albertatorchrun.ca.

Nova Scotia – DND Shearwater
A day complete with music, celebration and OOIDA Life Member Alex Deborgoski from “Ice Road Truckers” as this year’s Convoy Marshal.  The convoy will pass through Dartmouth, Cole Harbour and Eastern Passage before returning to F Hangar, 12 wing Shearwater.

For more information, call 866-299-2013 ext. 2 or visit truckconvoyns.ca.

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