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Local truckers will form a convoy in support of Special Olympics Manitoba on Sept. 14 and travel around the Perimeter Highway.

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Manitoba truckers are firing up their rigs on Sept. 14 to form a truck convoy in support of Special Olympics Manitoba.

The World’s Largest Truck Convoy event, in its fifth year, is a fundraiser. Each driver pays a $100 registration fee and can also raise additional money. The event is sponsored by the Manitoba Law Enforcement Torch Run and the Manitoba Trucking Association.

Steve Dreger, spokesperson for Special Olympics Manitoba, said last year’s event raised $60,000. Similar events are held in 13 locations across North America.

"Last year we were the largest with 143 trucks," he said.

A convoy event in Wisconsin had two fewer trucks, but brought in the most money at $84,000.
Dreger is hoping to beat that fundraising goal this year.

The big rigs will assemble at Oak Bluff Recreation Centre and the convoy sets off at 11 a.m. The long line of trucks will make one lap around the Perimeter Highway and is expected to return to Oak Bluff by about 12:30 p.m.

Dreger said there are activities planned for families and everyone is welcome to come out and see the convoy.

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