Truckers convoy 45 miles to raise money for Special Olympics

RICHFIELD (WITI) -- More than 100 semi trucks gathered at the Pioneer Travel Plaza in Richfield on Saturday morning, September 21st for the 9th Annual World's Largest Truck Convoy to benefit Special Olympics.

The convoy traveled 45 miles from Richfield to the EAA in Oshkosh.

"They come from all over the United States, they register for the convoy and, yeah, they'll take their vacation time," said Jason Cuff, Conway Freight driver and sales representative.

Organizers of the event say they expected at least 140 trucks to take part and are thankful for the support of law enforcement during this fundraiser.

"Usually you see a truck pulled over on the side of the road, officer wiring a ticket. Today they're leading the convoy and helping us out," said Plainville Transport Fleet Manager John Drake.

Each trucker donates $100 to be a part of the convoy. Special Olympics athletes say they appreciate what the drivers are doing.

"I love it when they come out for the Special Olympics to help us out," said athlete Tom Schmidt.

Truckers say the sentiment means a lot. They also enjoy coming together for a good cause.

"Truckers lead kind of a solitary lifestyle, you know, they're on the road by themselves. This is a great opportunity for them to socialize with their peers," said Cuff.

The convoy has raised $660,000 for Special Olympics the past nine years, not including today's event.