Keep On Truckin’
Sep 19, 2014
If you’ve ever seen Burt Reynolds in Cannonball Run you’d think that law enforcement and truck drivers are natural enemies. That’s all going to change in Grande Prairie this Saturday, September 20 because law enforcement and truck drivers are coming together to raise money at The World’s Largest Truck Convoy for Special Olympics®.
What began as a side event to the Law Enforcement Torch Run in 2001 has grown to become a major happening in its own right. Now - 13 years, 10,000 trucks, and more than 4,800 km later – law enforcement officers and truck drivers across North America are still working together to raise money for the greatest of causes, the Special Olympics. This year’s World Largest Truck Convoy for Special Olympics® in Grande Prairie promises to be extra important.
The first extra important thing is that, this year, Grande Prairie will be attempting to break the current record for the biggest convoy ever, which stands at 274 trucks. They’ll also be attempting to break the record for most money raised at a World’s Largest Truck Convoy event, currently set at $100,000. If this year’s event can reach the organizer’s goal of 300 trucks and $125,000 raised, a Canadian event will take the records away from the current (American) record holders.
The second and more important, extra important thing about this year is the fact that the money raised will go towards funding the 2015 Special Olympics Alberta Winter Games, which are being held in… Grande Prairie! This is the first time the Alberta games have been held outside of Central Alberta. Organizers are eager to show off their Peace Country Pride and give athletes and spectators both the best games ever.
If you’re looking for a quick bit of family fun this Saturday, the Convoy kicks off at 11am at Ritchie Bros. Auction House. From there it will head south on Range Road 51 then go west on 68th Ave, head north on 116 St. and east on Hwy 43 bringing it back to Ritchie Bros. You can find a place along the route to watch the trucks go by, or come by Ritchie Bros. Auction House at 721076 Range Road 51, for the BBQ starting at noon.
If you would like to support a good cause and help change the lives of young athletes across the province, you can pledge a driver in the convoy by purchasing merchandise at the event.
For more on the World’s Largest Truck Convoy® for Special Olympics, check out the event listing.