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World record-breaking event benefits Special Olympics athletes

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- In an attempt to maintain Guinness Book of World Record status, law enforcement and truckers th...

WASHINGTON, D.C. — In an attempt to maintain Guinness Book of World Record status, law enforcement and truckers throughout the U.S. and Canada will join forces to hold the World’s Largest Truck Convoy (WLTC), on Sept. 16.

Stretches of highway throughout North America will be lined with an expected 4,000 trucks, as they convoy to celebrate their support of the athletes of Special Olympics.

“Special Olympics has a way of bringing everyone together, setting aside differences and building atmospheres of acceptance,” stated Corp. Norm Schneiderhan. “The fact that Special Olympics can bring together law enforcement and truckers is a testament to how the athletes of Special Olympics are a true inspiration.”

The international fund raising and awareness event, the WLTC, is a unique partnership between law enforcement and truckers to raise funds for Special Olympics so they can continue to train in year-round sports activities.

This year’s WLTC is expected to unite more than 4,000 truckers in Alberta, Ontario and 34 States; and raise nearly $600,000. In 2005, the event attracted nearly 1,800 truckers and raised $439,309.

The WLTC was conceived in 2001 by Corp. Norm Schneiderhan special project coordinator for the Orange County Sheriff’s Office in Florida. Schneiderhan, who drove a truck for about three years in his father’s trucking company before he entered the field of law enforcement, launched the event for Special Olympics as a way to call attention to the organization among truckers.

Trucking companies and truckers who want to participate in this year’s event can visit the convoy’s Web site at for more information and a registration packet for the event in their area.

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