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Truck convoy slated Sept. 8 to raise money for Special Olympics

Trucks are pictured taking part in the World's Largest Truck Convoy along Interstate 29 in 2012. The event, organized to benefit Special Olympics, takes place throughout the US and Canada. Forum file photo

FARGO—Special Olympics North Dakota and Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics will celebrate the 50th anniversary of Special Olympics with the 2018 Truck Convoy Saturday, Sept. 8. The annual fundraiser, organized by members of the Fargo trucking community and local law enforcement, aims to raise awareness and funds for athletes across the state.

Registration will begin at 8 a.m. at the SUPERVALU Distribution Center, 3501 12th Ave. N. in Fargo. Prior to the convoy's departure at 10:30 a.m., organizers will auction off the lead and tail truck positions. The convoy will then follow a 14-mile route north on Interstate 29 from the 19th Avenue exit to Harwood, where trucks will turn around and return to Fargo.

Kathy Meagher, president and CEO of the Special Olympics North Dakota, said the fundraiser got its start about 20 years ago in the state of Florida. Meagher said law enforcement agencies have supported Special Olympics for many years. So, when members of the trucking industry approached them with a convoy fundraising idea, it was natural to have it benefit Special Olympics. North Dakota and 30 other states joined the effort two years later. The Guinness Book of World Records has recognized the event as the longest truck convoy.

The public is encouraged to show their support by joining other spectators at the Dakota Hose Company, 4245 12th Ave N. Kathy Meagher, president and CEO of the Special Olympics North Dakota, said the public is also invited to see trucks off at the SUPERVALU Distribution Center.

Meagher will be there with Special Olympics athletes, who she said look forward to getting a ride in a truck each year.

In addition to the auction, the cause raises money through a $100 registration fee paid by the driver or an employer. Meagher said 50 trucks are already registered for this year's event.

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