Mega-convoy readies to roll for Special Olympics

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World’s Largest Convoy rolls through Wisconsin later this month. Photo: Tim Miller

It’s time to get in line, truckers … an extremely long line, but it’s for a good cause.

On Saturday Sept. 20, more than 100 trucks will drive Highway 41 in Wisconsin from Richfield (Exit 60) to Oshkosh (Exit 113) in the 10th Anniversary of the World’s Largest Truck Convoy presented by Quad/Graphics and EH Wolf and Sons.

This trip raises funds for Special Olympics Wisconsin athletes and helps mark the end of National Truck Driver Appreciation Week (Sept. 14-20).

Last year 136 trucks participated and raised more than $92,000 for the 10,000 Special Olympics athletes in Wisconsin.

Truckers will register at the Pioneer Travel Plaza in Richfield (3230 Pioneer Road in Richfield) starting at 6:30 a.m. A short opening ceremony and auction to determine lead truck spots will be held at 9:30 a.m.

At 10:15 a.m., law enforcement squad cars will escort the trucks on their 53-mile northbound journey. Their destination is the headquarters of the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) headquarters (3000 Poberezny Road in Oshkosh) at about 11 a.m.

The convoy is a benefit for Special Olympics Wisconsin. Photo: Tim Miller

The day wraps up with live music by singer/songwriter Rob Anthony, awards, raffles, an auction and tailgate party.

Since 2005, Wisconsin’s Convoy has raised nearly $699,000 with a total of 1,075 truckers participating. Special Olympics programs in 13 states and four Canadian provinces will host similar gatherings.

Presenting partners include Quad/Graphics and E.H. Wolf & Sons; founding partners, the Wisconsin Motor Carriers Association and the Waupun Truck-N-Show; and Convoy hosts, the Pioneer Travel Plaza and the EAA.