For the Record

Truckers News Staff | August 01, 2011

Texas-Sized Schedule

2011 GATS offers diverse slate of events including 5k, concert, truck beauty competition and filming of American Trucker

The Big D could be called the Big E. this month. Exercise, education, exhibits, entertainment and lots of extras are all on the schedule for the 2011 Great American Trucking Show, Aug. 25-27 at the Dallas Convention Center.

BIG RIG RUN -- When: Friday, Aug.26 - Time: 7 a.m. - Where: Katy Trail - Register:

 The second annual Big Rig Run 5k run/walk offers health-conscious attendees a venue for fresh air fun. The event is being presented by Truckers News’ Fit for the Road program. It is sponsored by Detroit Diesel, Freightliner Trucks, John Christner Trucking, Right Weigh, Swift Transportation and TA/Petro.

Last year’s event attracted about 70 participants and more are expected for this year. If you’re not prepared to run 3.1 miles join your fellow truckers for an invigorating walk.

Pre-register by Aug. 15 to receive a souvenir race t-shirt. There is a $15 entry fee with a portion of proceeds being donated to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Transportation is available to and from the race.

On Saturday, Aug. 27, the Trucking Solutions Group will hold its Health Awareness Walk inside the convention center starting at 8 a.m. The group plans a health workshop conducted by drivers on Thursday at the Trucking Solutions Group/Fit for the Road booth. The group also will have a blood drive with the American Red Cross on Friday and Saturday at the booth. To register for the health walk and or to get more information other events, visit

Jamey Johnson

For entertainment, singer-songwriter Jamey Johnson will headline a free concert Friday night, Aug. 26 at 5:30 p.m. Johnson’s latest work is a 25-song double album entitled The Guitar Song, which went gold and is up for Album of the Year at the Academy of Country Music Awards. The album also received two Grammy nominations.

Tickets for the Mobil Delvac-sponsored concert will be made available on a first-come, first served basis, beginning Aug. 26 at 9 a.m., under the Mobil Delvac tent in the GATS main registration lobby.

Truckers News will present its annual Great American Trucking Family award prior to the concert.

Robb Mariani

GATS also will have more than 500 exhibitors, the Custom Rigs’ Pride & Polish National Championship, TruckSmart educational sessions and a Driver Recruitment Pavilion.

The inaugural Pride & Polish National Championship will pit winners from four Pride & Polish competitions over the past year, including the Charlotte Diesel Super Show and the Great West Truck Show in Las Vegas, against each other.

Speed Channel’s American Trucker host Robb Mariani will be a judge for the truck beauty competition for an episode of the show that is being filmed on location. strives to maintain an open forum for reader opinions. Click here to read our comment policy.