Special Olympics truck convoy celebrates 14th year in southern Delaware

HARRINGTON — More than 150 truck drivers from across the state and region will converge at the Delaware State Fairgrounds at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, to take part in a police- escorted 28-mile scenic ride through Southern Delaware as the local leg of the World’s Largest Truck Convoy event for Special Olympics rolls into town.

The convoy, celebrating its 14th year, is part of a national effort to raise money and awareness for Special Olympics. The local event is organized by Delaware Law Enforcement, with Walmart and FedEx serving as presenting sponsors. In addition to the Fairgrounds and Delaware Law Enforcement, supporters include Perdue, Citgo, Delaware Department of Transportation, WBOC 16 and Fox 21 Delmarva.

This unique event continues to increase in popularity with the trucking community. More than $45,000 was raised by 197 trucks at the 2015 event, increasing the 13-year total to more than $433,000 raised for Special Olympics Delaware. To participate in the convoy, trucks must weigh at least 10- GVW and drivers must raise a minimum of $100.

One of the special parts of the day is an opportunity for Special Olympics athletes to ride shotgun in the trucks.

“As we celebrate our 14th year, we continue to be amazed by the outpouring of support from the trucking community,” said Lisa Smith, director of special events for Special Olympics Delaware. “The amount of money raised is spectacular, but what’s just as important is the opportunity for the truckers to meet our athletes, and in turn, for our families to show their appreciation back to them. The drivers will tell you that meeting the athletes and families is their biggest thrill.”

For more information, visit www. sode.org.

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