SOUTHERN UTAH — The Kyle Petty Charity Ride Across America has announced the route for its 21st anniversary motorcycle trek, with stops in Bryce Canyon, Cedar City and Moab May 4-7.
NBC Sports NASCAR analyst and former NASCAR driver Kyle Petty will lead 200 motorcyclists along the 2,500 mile route — stretching from Santa Cruz, California, to Branson, Missouri — to raise funds and awareness for Victory Junction, a camp created to enrich the lives of children with chronic or life-threatening illnesses.
“Each year, we select a route that’s full of breathtaking scenery, while also allowing us to spread the word and build excitement around our mission along the way,” Petty said. “Year after year, the Ride creates lasting memories for our riders, most importantly, it provides life-changing opportunities for children at Victory Junction.”
Spectators, visitors and locals along the 2015 route are encouraged to attend one of the ride’s eight overnight stops or daily fuel stops to greet Petty and the riders, purchase ride memorabilia or make a donation to Victory Junction.
The 2015 Kyle Petty Charity Ride Schedule:
- May 2 | Santa Cruz, California to Bakersfield, California
- May 3 | Bakersfield, California to Tonopah, Nevada
- May 4 | Tonopah, Nevada to Bryce Canyon, Utah
- May 5 | Bryce Canyon, Utah to Moab, Utah
- May 6 | Moab, Utah to Colorado Springs, Colo.
- May 7 | Colorado Springs, Colorado to Hutchinson, Kansas
- May 8 | Hutchinson, Kansas to Branson, Missouri
As a result of the Kyle Petty Charity Ride, 7,815 children have attended Victory Junction at no cost to their families. The camp has served as the ride’s primary beneficiary since its establishment by Kyle Petty in 2004 in honor of his late son Adam.
This year, many celebrities plan to participate in all or part of the 21st Anniversary Ride, including:
- Richard Petty, NASCAR hall of fame and seven-time champion
- Matt Kenseth, NASCAR driver
- Harry Gant, NASCAR legend
- Donnie Allison, NASCAR legend
- Herschel Walker, former NFL great
- Matt Levatich, Harley-Davidson, Inc. President and Chief Executive Officer
- Rick Allen, NBC Sports NASCAR analyst
- Rutledge Wood, co-host of History Channel’s Top Gear America and NASCAR personality
“When Kyle started this Ride 21 years ago, I don’t think any of us realized just how special it would become,” said Richard Petty, Kyle Petty’s father. “Riding across our beautiful country on two wheels with great friends and family is incredible, but knowing you’re doing it to help others makes it the ride of a lifetime.”
About the Kyle Petty Charity Ride Across America
The Kyle Petty Charity Ride Across America is one of the most successful and popular charity events in the country. Now in its 21st year, more than 7,500 riders have logged 11.1 million cumulative motorcycle miles and raised more than $16 million for Victory Junction and other children’s charities.
About Victory Junction
Victory Junction is a year-round camping environment for children, ages six to 16, with chronic medical conditions or serious illnesses. Co-founded by the Kyle Petty family, in honor of his son, Adam Petty, the camp is located in Randleman, North Carolina. Victory Junction exists to provide life-changing camping experiences that are exciting, fun and empowering, in a safe and medically-sound environment, always free of charge.
As a not-for-profit organization, the camp operates solely through the support of generous individuals, foundations, organizations and corporations to provide this experience at no charge to children and their families. Since the camp’s inception, more than 21,500 children and families have received not only a circle of support but experiences thought to only be possible by healthy children.
Event details and resources
- What: Kyle Petty Charity Ride Across America
- When: May 4-7
- Where: Bryce Canyon, Moab and Cedar City
- Kyle Petty Charity Ride Across America website | Facebook | Instagram | Twitter
- Victory Junction website
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