World’s Largest Truck Convoy

The Truck Convoy® is a unique one-day celebration of the trucking industry and its support of Special Olympics. Local law enforcement makes special dispensation and escorts a convoy of trucks up to 50 miles through their town.


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To find a World’s Largest Truck Convoy® in your local area, please see the details below.

Truckers meet at a staging location and are escorted in convoy to a predetermined destination, such as a raceway, fairgrounds or truck stop, where they are welcomed by the Special Olympics community - athletes, families, friends, colleagues, law enforcement officers, and the organizations, companies and agencies that make up the trucking industry. A celebration - a picnic, barbecue, awards ceremony, etc. is held to recognize participating truckers and the support of the trucking industry. Whatever form the celebration takes, the message is the same: "Thank you for your support of Special Olympics athletes and for keeping our communities moving!"

Inspired by the powerful impact Special Olympics had on his life through his participation in the Law Enforcement Torch Run®, combined with his family's involvement with the trucking industry, Norm Schneiderhan, a Corporal with the Orange County Sheriff's Department, created the Truck Convoy, a one-day celebration of the trucking industry to help raise awareness and funds for Special Olympics.

The 2015 Truck Convoy will take place in various locations. Please find below the Truck Convoy dates by location and attached event details. For more information, please contact the individual listed for your state or province below, or Victoria Rivers, Administrative Assistant, Strategic Properties, Special Olympics, +1 202 824-0341 or vrivers@specialolympics.org.


Truck Convoy News and Stories


December 04, 2015 | North America: Iowa

Athlete's Family Turns Polar Plunge® into a Local Tradition

By Lauri Pyatt

Mitchell Betsworth (left) and his dad, Troy, dressed as Yoko Ono and John Lennon for the 2015 Siouxland Polar Plunge.

Plunging for a Purpose has taken on a whole new meaning for the Betsworth family. Mitchell Betsworth has been a Special Olympics Iowa athlete since junior high and now at the age of 20, completed his sixth Polar Plunge®. “I love running into the water,” Mitchell says. Mitchell is a member of tView Story Plunging for a Purpose has taken on a whole new meaning for the Betsworth family. Mitchell Betsworth has been a Special Olympics Iowa athlete since junior high and now at the age of 20, completed his sixth Polar Plunge®. “I love running into the water,” Mitchell says. Mitchell is a member of the Sioux City Knights, which had 10 athletes on three different plunge teams participate in the 2015 Siouxland Polar Plunge® on Oct. 24. The teams raised more than $18,500 for Special Olympics Iowa. But, the tradition of the Polar Plunge® began long before the Knights were formed. “We heard something 11 years ago on the radio on a Wednesday,” recalled Mitchell’s dad, Troy Betsworth. “We collected money the night before and I talked my brother into doing it with me. There was a need for raising money for Special Olympics and we thought we could help.” Read more at the link below

About Lauri Pyatt:Marketing and Communications Manager
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November 02, 2015 | North America: Jamaica

Welcome Caribbean's New Law Enforcement Torch Run Leader

By By Amie Dugan

Superintendent Stephanie Lindsay of Jamaica is the first director of the Caribbean region of the International Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special OlympicsView Story Superintendent Stephanie Lindsay of Jamaica is the first director of the Caribbean region of the International Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics and is now a member of the LETR International Council. Her appointment honors her 19 years of volunteer service to the LETR. She is also the Caribbean region’s first director and the first person from the Caribbean to hold a director-level position for the LETR. “When I joined the LETR in 1996 it was a job that I had to do,” said Lindsay, a member of the Jamaica Constabulary Force. "But today, working through LETR and Special Olympics is a passion for me, just knowing that I serve a group of people who really appreciate the little things we do to make a difference.” Lindsay previously served the LETR as a coordinator at the divisional and branch levels and chaired the LETR 5K committee at the Jamaica Constabulary Force's Community Safety Branch.

About By Amie Dugan:Director, Marketing and Communications, North America
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October 20, 2015 | North America: District of Columbia

30th Anniversary of the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics DC

By By Kraig Makohus

Over 400 members of DC law enforcement, representing 24 different agencies, carried the "Flame of Hope" from the steps at the US Capitol to Ft. McNair to mark the 30th Anniversary of the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics District of Columbia!View Story Over 400 members of DC law enforcement, representing 24 different agencies, carried the "Flame of Hope" from the steps at the US Capitol to Ft. McNair to mark the 30th Anniversary of the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics District of Columbia! This landmark event on October 16 was one of a few in the United States among Programs that have reached the 30 year mark. For the second year, Geico returned as the Presenting Partner of the Torch Run and with their support, the event passed last year's total raised. The event was kicked off with US Capitol Police Ceremonial Color Team and Sgt David Nelson singing the National Anthem. DC athlete Novie Craven got the group inspired with her words of encouragement and World Games athlete, Demetrius Cutchin ran with the Top Gun team. US Capitol Police Chief Kim Dine and Ast. Chief Patrick Burke from the DCPD thanked & recognized the Top Gun winners, including Team: DCPD, Individual: Patrick Loftus & Angie Robinson from DCPD Runner Up: Customs & Border Protection and ATF.

About By Kraig Makohus:Kraig currently serves as President and CEO of SODC.
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