Delaware's Truck Convoy, sponsored by FedEx Ground and Walmart, is part of The World’s Largest Truck Convoy® fundraising event. This unique police-escorted convoy through Kent and Sussex Counties is a celebration of the trucking industry and its support of Special Olympics.
2014 Truck Convoy Date, time and location
Date: Saturday, October 4, 2014
Time: Registration from 7:30 - 9:30am
Convoy begins at 10:00 am
Location: Delaware State Fairgrounds in Harrington
Information about the event
Truckers meet at the Fairgrounds and are escorted by law enforcement officers on a 28-mile route through scenic Southern Delaware -- including a parade in downtown Harrington -- before returning to the Fairgrounds for a festival and celebration, sponsored by Perdue.
To participate, truckers (or their companies) must make a $100 donation.
All trucks entering the convoy must be of 10-GVW or larger, but please note that hazardous materials are not permitted.
Special Olympics athletes have the opportunity to ride "shotgun" in the truck cabs during the Convoy. (This is an option for truckers and athletes are accompanied by an adult). Ride shotgun flyer
Spectators can view the Truck Convoy in Harrington (Clarke and Commerce Streets), Milford (Route 14 across from Southern States) and Greenwood (Royal Farms gas station). Map of Route 2014
History of the event
The 2013 Truck Convoy had 147 trucks raise $43,000. In its 11-year history, the event has raised more than $333,000 for Special Olympics Delaware.
Nationally, the Truck Convoy was founded in 2001 by Norm Schneiderhan, a corporal with the Orange County (FL) Sheriff’s Department. Schneiderhan, whose family is involved with the trucking industry, was inspired by the powerful impact Special Olympics has had on his life through his participation in the Law Enforcement Torch Run.
Originally just a fundraiser for Special Olympics Florida, the Truck Convoy has grown into a national movement with 26 states and four Canadian provinces participating in 2009.