The Kyle Petty Charity Ride Across America is getting set for its 20th anniversary motorcycle ride. On Tuesday, the itenerary for this year’s ride, scheduled for May 3-10 was set. This year, the ride will begin in Carlsbad, Calif., and end at Daytona Beach, Fla. The 2014 itenerary looks like this:
May 3 — Carlsbad to Tucson, Ariz.
May 4 — Tucson to Las Cruces, N.M.
May 5 — Las Cruces to Midland, Texas
May 6 — Midland to Austin
May 7 — Austin to Beaumont, Texas
May 8 — Beaumont to New Orleans
May 9 — New Orleans to Tallahassee, Fla.
May 10 — Tallahassee to Daytona Beach
Funds raised from the charity ride will benefit Victory Junction Gang Camp, a camp created by Petty and his wife, Pattie in honor of their late son, Adam, to “enrich the lives of children with chronic or life-threatening illnesses.”
This year, more than 175 riders are expected to participate, including Petty, NASCAR Hall of Famer and seven-time champion Richard Petty, current NASCAR driver Matt Kenseth, former NASCAR driver and Bo-Dyn Olympic bobsled founder Geoff Bodine, former NASCAR drivers Harry Gant and Donnie Allison, former NFL player Herschel Walker, FOX News contributor and former U.S. Representative Col. Allen West and Rutledge Wood, co-star of Top Gear America on the History Channel and NASCAR personality.
“What began as just a few friends having a good time riding track to track has turned into what we have today, which is an incredible event that provides thousands of life changing experiences for children,” Petty said. “This is the first year we’ve traveled straight from the Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic Ocean, and I’m looking forward to experiencing it with friends, while meeting our fans and generous supporters along the way.”
Communities along the route will be encouraged to support the ride’s “Small Change. Big Impact.” program throug their donations. Victory Junction has been the ride’s primary beneficiary for the last 10 years. Since the camp’s opening in 2004, more than 7730 children have attended camp at no cost to their families, due in large part to the Kyle Petty Charity Ride.
“Manheim is a proud sponsor of the Kyle Petty Charity Ride and we fully support its cause,” Manheim Senior Vice President of Customer Management Nick Peluso said. “It was amazing to see all of the children and families who came to support the Ride last year. We’re happy to be making positive changes in the lives of children with chronic illnesses.”