2013 US and Canadian Trucking Industry News — 2013 World Truck Convoy

The truck convoy is a unique celebration in the whole United States and Canada. It is celebrated in a day to support the Special Olympics Athletes. In this event, law enforcers escort the truckers from a specific departure area throughout the town until the pre-determined destination. It could be in a raceway, a truck stop or fairgrounds.

 

In the destination, the truckers together with the law enforcers are welcomed by families, friends, colleagues, Special Olympics athletes, law enforcement officers, trucking companies, agencies and everyone that makes up the trucking industry. The celebration includes different events, picnics, barbeque, awards ceremony and more, depending on the plans of each state that supports the truckers and the trucking industry.

 

On September 21, 2013, The World’s Largest Truck Convoy” took place in the different states and provinces. The international event is celebrated in the United States and Canada. A number of these convoys were proud of their accomplishment.

 

2013 World Truck Convoy in Paris, Ontario

 

 

The 9th Annual World’s largest Truck Convoy in Paris, Ontario was attended by 47 truckers and 15 law enforcement vehicles. There were more than 85,000 law enforcement officers who supported the event through the Torch Run and World’s Largest Truck Convoy. Ontario is proud to announce that they were able to raise more than $80,000 for their Special Olympics.

 

2013 World Truck Convoy in Winnipeg

It was the 6th year of the World’s Largest Truck Convoy in Winnipeg, supported by Manitoba Trucking Association and the law enforcement Torch Run. “The money that is raised from this is what allows these athletes to go to compete,” said Laura la Palme, Manitoba Truck association.

 

To support the Special Olympics, 170 truckers joined the convoy. The truckers rolled on the streets of Perimeter Highway, before heading back to the Oak Bluff Recreational Centre.

 

The best seat is saved for athlete Jessica Croy who said, “I got to ride in the lead truck. The truck that raised the most money and that was pretty cool. I love how all the truckers are helping. It’s not just me, it the whole organization of Special Olympics.”

 

The World’s Largest Truck Convoy in Winnipeg aims to raise funds that will go to track and field and bowling tournaments among the many other Special Olympic competitions. Supporters and participants are also hoping to top last year’s fund raising activity. Overall, Winnipeg has raised a grand total of $4 million since 2001.

 

2013 World Truck Convoy in Virginia

 

For its 2nd annual World’s Largest Truck Convoy in Virginia, the event raised more than $20,000. More than 50 truckers and law enforcers traveled along Richmond to show awareness and support for the Special Olympics athletes.

 

The truckers began and ended at Meadow Event Park in Doswell, Va. They traveled along interstates 95, 295 and 64.

 

Getloaded’s General Manager and founder of Virginia’s 1st convoy in 2011, Fergus Caldicott said, “This year’s convoy was a huge success. We met our collective goal of 50-plus participants and helped raise more than $20,000 for Special Olympics Virginia, which means athletes all over the state will be able to continue following their passion.”

 

2013 World Truck Convoy in Wisconsin

 

Highway 41 truck convoy

Highway 41 truck convoy

Wisconsin

 

The World’s Largest Truck Convoy in Wisconsin was supported by Quad/Graphics, Wisconsin Motor carriers Association, Waupun Truck-N-Show, and Pioneer Travel Plaza and EAA. 136 truckers attended the convoy and earned more than $90,000 for the event, which was at the same time inspired by the law enforcement Torch Run. The truckers were escorted in the entire 53 mile travel along U.S. Highway 41.

 

The convoy started in Pioneer Travel Plaza in Richfield and traveled to its final destination in the EAA Grounds in Oshkosh. Aside from supporting the Special Olympics athletes, the convoy also marks the end of the National Truck Driver Appreciation Week.

 

The event started with a ceremony and the truckers bidding for the top lead truck. In addition, truckers also bid for the celebrity guests which is sponsored by E.H Wolf & Sons, Inc. The winner in the bidding will have Corianne Strupp, Miss Collegiate Wisconsin America 2013 and Edgar Hansen of the Discovery Channel’s Deadliest Catch. The celebration ended with raffle prizes, live auction, award presentations and food treats. The World’s Largest Truck Convoy in Wisconsin was considered the top fundraiser in 2005 with a grand total of $606,000 to benefit people with intellectual disabilities.

 

2013 World Truck Convoy in Nova Scotia

 

The 2nd annual World’s Largest Truck Convoy for Special Olympics also took place in Nova Scotia, which gathered support from Cape Breton Trucking Company.

 

With hundreds of spectators and more than 100 truckers, about $25,000 was raised. It is considered a success, having surpassed last year’s $19,000 fundraising event, which was supported by 57 truckers.

 

Truckers and law enforcement officers rolled down the road from CFB Shearwater through the streets of Dartmouth, Cole Harbour, and Eastern Passage. They were all welcomed by the cheer of hundreds of spectators.

 

Barbeque parties and live music entertained everyone. Children also bought their toy trucks. The Nova Scotia branch of the Special Olympics serves more than 1,500 athletes in 15 regions across the province.

 

2013 World Truck Convoy in Illinois

 

Spectators had a great time celebrating the World’s Largest Truck Convoy in Illinois, which was held on September 28, 2013 in Tinley Park. Illinois invited many truckers to join the fundraising to raise awareness and help the Special Olympics.

 

The event started at 10 AM from First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre, 19100 S. Ridgeland Ave., Tinley Park and hit the road along Interstates 80 and 57. In a 22 mile travel, they headed back to the Amphitheatre. Many truckers brought along their families for the fun convoy ride.

 

 

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