World’s Largest Truck Convoy set for Sept. 24

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Truckers and law enforcement are fueling up for the 2005 World’s Largest Truck Convoy, set for Sept. 24.

Three thousand truck drivers and law enforcement representatives are expected to participate via separate convoys in 35 states and two Canadian provinces. Proceeds will benefit Special Olympics.

The convoy also seeks to maintain its place in the Guinness Book of World Records.

Cpl. Norm Schneiderhan, special project coordinator for the Orange County Sheriff’s Office in Orlando, Fla., started the convoy as a local event in 2001. Schneiderhan drove a truck for his father’s trucking company for three years before entering law enforcement. He launched the event not only to help Special Olympics, but also to highlight the camaraderie among truckers.

Participants must donate a $100 registration fee to their local Special Olympics contact and report to a designated staging location Sept. 24. All trucks must be of 10-GVW or larger, and hazardous materials are not permitted.

Truckers also can bid for the coveted lead truck position, which goes to the highest bidder.

The 2004 convoy had 1,136 participants and raised more than $224,000 for Special Olympics. Donations from those who can’t participate in the convoy also are welcome.

To register and find your local Special Olympics contact, visit www.specialolympics.org and click “Support.” For more information, call 800-700-8585 or e-mail truckconvoy@specialolympics.org.