The South Carolina edition of the truck-convoy series benefiting the Special Olympics around the nation is set to roll out Saturday, Sept. 29, at 10:15 a.m. from the South Carolina Farmer’s Market in West Columbia on a 45-mile loop.
Participation in the event can be arranged in advance or day-of, organizers say, and they’re hoping to beat last year’s fund-raising total of more than $30,000 for S.C. Special Olympics athletes.
After the convoy, upon return to the State Farmers Market, participants “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,” organizers note. “A lunch celebration and activities will be followed by an awards ceremony held to recognize participating truckers and their support of the trucking industry.”
The event was initiated in years past by Mike Still, a Sergeant with the SC State Transport Police (since retired) who was inspired by the powerful impact Special Olympics had on his life through his participation in the Law Enforcement Torch Run, combined with his job duties as a State Transport Police officer and love and respect for the trucking industry.
It’s more than just a benefit convoy, in the end, organizers note. It’s also a “one-day celebration of the trucking industry.”
Interested participants can download registration and other forms via this link to mail in or bring with you to the event.