Kyle Petty Charity Ride Across America

Kyle Petty Charity Ride

Kyle Petty Charity Ride raises $1.7 million for Victory Junction

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The Kyle Petty Charity Ride Across America raised $1.7 million for the Victory Junction camp during its 25th anniversary motorcycle tour, the organization announced Tuesday.

Victory Junction,  a camp in Randleman, North Carolina, serves children with chronic medical illnesses. The Ride’s donation supports maintenance programs, building projects and summer camperships.

On May 3, NBC Sports analyst Kyle Petty and 250 fellow motorcycle riders embarked from Seattle, Washington, on a nearly 3,700-mile route, the longest in its history. They traveled through 11 states in nine days before ending in Key Largo, Florida.

Funds were gathered from fans along the route, as part of the Ride’s “Small Change, Big Impact” program, as well as donations made by generous sponsors, organizations, and the riders themselves.

In addition to the $1.7 million raised by the Ride, a $2 million donation was presented to the Kyle Petty Charity Ride Trust by the Andreas family in honor of a Charity Rider, the late David Andreas. The Trust was established by the Ride in 2015 to fund Victory Junction in perpetuity.

“This year’s Ride was amazing! We had beautiful views, crowds at every stop, police escorts the entire trip, a little rain, fun visits with Victory Junction campers, great food and lots of laughs with friends for nine straight days,” Petty said in a press release. “When you get 250 people together that care about kids, want to help others and love to ride motorcycles, it’s going to be fun! Riding corner to corner across America just made it more special.”

Since 1995, 8,650 riders have logged more than 12.4 million cumulative motorcycle miles and raised $18.5 million for Victory Junction and other children’s charities.

 

Route finalized for 25th Kyle Petty Charity Ride Across America

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The Kyle Petty Charity Ride Across America has announced its official route and celebrity riders for this year’s motorcycle journey to raise funds for the Victory Junction Camp.

The charity ride will celebrate its 25th anniversary with its longest route yet, starting in Seattle, Washington, on May 3 and ending in Key Largo, Florida, on May 11.

Petty and 250 participants, including more than 30 new riders, will travel through 11 states and cover nearly 3,700 miles to raise funds and awareness for Victory Junction, a camp dedicated to providing life-changing camping experiences for children with chronic or life-threatening illnesses.

Here is the schedule and route:

  • Day 1, Friday, May 3 – Seattle, Washington to Ontario, Oregon
  • Day 2, Saturday, May 4 – Ontario, Oregon to Orem-Provo, Utah
  • Day 3, Sunday, May 5 – Orem-Provo, Utah to Glenwood Springs, Colorado
  • Day 4, Monday, May 6 – Glenwood Springs, Colorado to Santa Fe, New Mexico
  • Day 5, Tuesday, May 7 – Santa Fe, New Mexico to Childress, Texas
  • Day 6, Wednesday, May 8 – Childress, Texas to Shreveport-Bossier City, Louisiana
  • Day 7, Thursday, May 9 – Shreveport-Bossier City, Louisiana to Pensacola Beach, Florida
  • Day 8, Friday, May 10 – Pensacola Beach, Florida to Tampa, Florida
  • Day 9, Saturday, May 11 – Tampa, Florida to Key Largo, Florida

Participants in this year’s ride include former NASCAR drivers Richard Petty, Harry Gant, Hershel McGriff and Donnie Allison; current NASCAR driver David Ragan; former Formula 1, IndyCar and NASCAR driver Max Papis; former NFL great and Heisman Trophy winner (1982) Herschel Walker; Heisman Trophy winner (1980) and Super Bowl champion (XXII) George Rogers; and NBC Sports NASCAR personalities Krista Voda, Rutledge Wood and Rick Allen.

“It’s hard to believe it’s been 25 years since the Ride started,” Kyle Petty said in a release. “What started as just a few friends riding motorcycles to racetracks around the country has turned into something so much bigger than I could’ve ever imagined.

“Because of our sponsors, fans and the people who participate in this Ride, whether they’re veteran participants or first-timers, so many deserving kids get to have the time of their life at Victory Junction each year.”

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Kyle Petty Charity Ride route for 2019 announced

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The 25th anniversary route for the Kyle Petty Charity Ride Across America has the motorcycle tour making the longest trek in its history.

The charity ride, which raises money for the Victory Junction Gang camp in Randleman, North Carolina, will take place May 3 – 11.

It will travel roughly 3,700 miles from Seattle, Washington, to Key Largo, Florida with eight overnight stops.

The Victory Junction camp is devoted to providing life-changing camping experiences for children with chronic or life-threatening illnesses. Donations support maintenance programs, building projects and camperships.

The charity ride raised $1.3 million during its 2018 trek from Portland, Maine, to Greensboro, North Carolina.

Since 1995, more than 8,400 riders have logged more than 12 million cumulative motorcycle miles and raised $19.3 million for Victory Junction and other children’s charities.

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Kyle Petty Charity Ride Across America to visit East Coast in 2018

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For the first time in seven years, the Kyle Petty Charity Ride Across America will traverse the East Coast as it raises money for the Victory Junction camp.

The camp, located in Randleman, North Carolina, is dedicated to providing life-changing camping experiences for children with chronic or life-threatening illnesses.

Last year the ride raised $1.3 million and sent 100 children to the camp, which has served as the ride’s primary beneficiary since its establishment by Petty and his family in 2004 in honor of his late son, Adam.

This year’s campaign marks the 24th anniversary of the charity ride and will feature 225 riders traveling 1,200 miles over seven days.

The journey – called the “Americana Tour” – begins May 5 in Portland, Maine, and ends May 11 in Greensboro, North Carolina.

“We heard the requests of both our riders and fans, and we’re excited to deliver a special route full of incredible surprises and experiences, like riding through Shenandoah National Park – which will be the 13th national park visited on the Ride,” Kyle Petty said in a release. “We’ll also be ending the Ride at Camp this year, which always brings everything full circle. Year after year, all the miles we travel are for the kids at Victory Junction. They’re the reason we ride.”

The trip will include visits to New Hampshire Motor Speedway and Pocono Raceway, the hallowed grounds of Woodstock, tours of the Martin Guitar Factory, Harley-Davidson Factory and Petty Museum and a visit to Manheim Pennsylvania, the world’s largest auto auction.

Manheim is the presenting sponsor of the ride.

24th Anniversary Kyle Petty Charity Ride Across America Schedule:

  • Day 1, Saturday, May 5 – Portland, Maine to Albany, New York
  • Day 2, Sunday, May 6 – Albany, New York to Mount Pocono, Pennsylvania
  • Day 3, Monday, May 7 – Mount Pocono, Pennsylvania to Lancaster, Pennsylvania
  • Day 4, Tuesday, May 8 – “Off Day” in Lancaster, Pennsylvania
  • Day 5, Wednesday, May 9 – Lancaster, Pennsylvania to Winchester, Virginia
  • Day 6, Thursday, May 10 – Winchester, Virginia to Hot Springs, Virginia
  • Day 7, Friday, May 11 – Hot Springs, Virginia to Greensboro, North Carolina

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