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Sponsors line up to back Troy truck convoy for Special Olympics athletes

Law enforcement officers and truck drivers from the Metro East area hit the road this past weekend as a part of the Troy Truck Convoy for Special Olympics Illinois. The convoy celebrates the trucking industry and raises funds and awareness for the athletes of Special Olympics Illinois.

The annual event was hosted by the Troy Police Department. Officers involved in the Illinois Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics have made the Truck Convoy one of their annual signature events.

This event was hosted at CIT Trucks (2120 Liebler Drive, Troy) on Saturday, Oct. 2. Some 65 trucks joined the convoy and included semi-trucks, truck/trailer combinations, fire trucks, dump trucks, flat beds, buses, large tow trucks, landscaping, and large box trucks.

In total, the event raised $49,000 that will help fund the year-round programming provided by Special Olympics Illinois to the more than 23,100 participating athletes across the state.

Local law enforcement escorted the trucks approximately 25 miles along I-55 South to I-255 North then to I-270 East and back to I-55 South. The trucks returned to CIT Trucks and were greeted by Special Olympics Illinois athletes and families, along with local companies, members of community, and law enforcement officers.

The Troy Truck Convoy is presented by CIT Trucks. Official partners include Troy Police Departments, Illinois Trucking Association and the Mid-West Truckers Association.

Local sponsors include:

Long Haul Sponsor: William F. Braun Milk Hauling Inc., Time Out, Copeland Trucking, Cummins, Darling Ingredients, Fast Lane Towing, Diestelkamp Contracting, T-J Transport and Twin Lake Trucking.

Gold Sponsors: Chevron Commercial Inc., Tuxhorn Towing, John Feder Trucking and Troy Finest Car Wash.

Silver Sponsors: Ben Pieper Trucking, BJ Logistics, Easton Farm & Trucking, EJ Equipment, McLeod Express, M&M Tire & Repair Center, Rush Truck Centers of Missouri, Special Delivery Xpress, Trickey’s Towing Service, and United Rentals.

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