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Charity Ride Across America Helps Children and Raises Awareness

| 19 May 2017 12:11 pm

Kyle Petty Charity Ride Across America

Courtesy of Judy Case
MILWAUKEE, WI, MAY 19, 2017

Kyle Petty.

Kyle Petty.

The Kyle Petty Charity Ride Across America is an annual cross-country motorcycle ride that travels to raise awareness and funds for Victory Junction, a camp created to enrich the lives of children with chronic or life-threatening medical illnesses. One of the most successful and popular charity events in the country, the Ride engages celebrities, sponsors, motorcycle enthusiasts, fans and local communities. The Ride was founded in 1995 by former NASCAR driver and NBC Sports racing analyst Kyle Petty.

For the first time in almost a decade, this year’s Ride, led by Petty, was slated to travel across the Pacific Northwest.

With Manheim, North America’s leading provider of used vehicle services, returning as the presenting sponsor, the Ride left Portland, Oregon, on May 13 and would arrive in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on May 19, covering eight states in seven days. Petty would lead 200 bikers on the week-long, 2,400-mile route to raise funds and awareness for Victory Junction.

What started out as Petty and a small group of friends riding together for fun in 1995 has now grown into one of the most successful and popular charity rides in the country. This year, more than 20 first-time riders joined the dedicated team of men and women riding for the cause, along with new sponsors and a continued sense of passion.

“It’s pretty straightforward: Every single mile we ride is for one cause, and that is to send chronically ill children to camp at Victory Junction at no cost to their families,” said Petty. “The Ride is an enriching experience for everyone involved, and this year we’ll be riding through some spectacular parts of the country like Mount Rushmore and, for the very first time, the Columbia River Gorge.”

The Ride’s participants saw many of our country’s historic landmarks, including Yellowstone and Badlands National Parks, Bighorn National Forest, and the Harley-Davidson Museum. Emblematic of the American open road, riders also took in roadside attractions, including the world’s largest ball of twine rolled by one man in Darwin, Minnesota.

“I always say the best way to see the country is from the seat of a motorcycle,” Petty explained. “The sights, the smells, the colors are more brilliant, and everything you see comes alive when you ride. When the Charity Ride began in 1995, we had no idea it would become the huge fundraising event it is today. We were just a bunch of guys riding our Harleys and having a good time! Then we realized we could help others, and it became so much more. Today, I’m proud to say we’ve raised over $17.5 million to support Victory Junction and other children’s charities. The Ride Across America is the ultimate motorcycle experience and we’d love for you to join us!”

To take a look at the riders’ journey, check out these social media sites…

* Facebook: www.facebook.com/kpcharityride and www.facebook.com/kylepetty45

* Instagram: www.instagram.com/kpcharityride and www.instagram.com/kylepetty

* Twitter: www.twitter.com/kpcharityride and www.twitter.com/kylepetty

Ride Safe!

Kyle Petty with a Victory Junction camper in Biloxi, Mississippi, on the 2016 Ride.

Kyle Petty with a Victory Junction camper in Biloxi, Mississippi, on the 2016 Ride.

About Victory Junction
Since its inception in 2004 in honor of Kyle Petty’s late son Adam, Victory Junction has served as the Ride’s primary beneficiary. Located on 84 acres in Randleman, North Carolina, Victory Junction exists to enrich the lives of children with chronic or life-threatening illnesses by creating camping experiences that are memorable, fun, empowering, physically safe and medically sound. As a result of the Ride, 7,985 children have attended Victory Junction at no cost to their families.

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