TMC Participates in the Special Olympics Convoy 2016

on Tuesday, October 11, 2016 in Company News


On Saturday, October 8th, TMC had the incredible honor to once again participate in the annual World’s Largest Truck Convoy, a benefit put on by the Special Olympics of Iowa.

The starting point is quite literally right here in our own back yard on Veterans Parkway in Des Moines. From there, the convoy of trucks representing companies from all over the state head east to the Iowa State Fairgrounds for an awards ceremony and wrap up party.

Saturday morning started early with coffee and donuts for everyone provided by TMC’s Recruiting Department at the registration. After a Driver Safety briefing by the Iowa DOT, the first three positions in the convoy were auctioned off. TMC drivers and staff pooled their money and secured the second spot with a $3000 bid, all of which goes directly to the Special Olympics of Iowa.

This year, TMC decided to make an impression and go big. With a total of 20 trucks in the convoy, we doubled the amount of trucks participating from years prior and participated as a Silver level partner. Watching a fleet of shiny black and chrome Peterbilts roll down the road, one after another, was awe inspiring.

The most important thing, however, was what it meant for those participating in the Special Olympics of Iowa. This event alone was projected to raise over $40,000 in funding for the athletes. Our own James Ashton had the opportunity to share his truck with a special athlete named Jerry. Jerry was thrilled with the experience and spent the ride waving to passersby with a big smile plastered on his face. When it came time to get out of the truck, Jerry wanted to stay!

We want to thank the following 20 TMC drivers and their families for their hard work, dedication and participation in this year’s convoy. Many of them sacrificed time at home with their families, and others had their families flown in from across the country for the event! They spent countless hours in the appearance bay on Friday night and into the wee hours of Saturday morning making sure that all 20 trucks were spotless.

  • Allen Glass

  • Carlos Burris

  • Curt Gibbs

  • Daniel Richmond

  • David Contestabile

  • Eric Waltert

  • Faron Peery

  • James Ashton

  • James Wagner

  • Jesse Beasley

  • Joe Styblo

  • John Alo

  • John Melnick

  • Johnny Kaczmarczyk

  • Justin Stephens

  • Kyle Bailey

  • Matt Szalay

  • Mike Harris

  • Ronny Farley

  • Stephen Smith

Check out our Special Olympics Convoy 2016 photo album on Facebook for some great photos!