Kyle Petty Charity Ride Across America 20th Anniversary

Nov 18, 2013 View Comments by

Kyle Petty Charity Ride Across America 20th Anniversary After Kyle Petty’s son Adam passed away in a crash during practice laps for the Busch 200 NASCAR race in 2000, Kyle and his wife Pattie decided to honor their son’s memory by building a camp for children with chronic and/or life threatening illnesses. The result was Victory Junction, a year round camp nestled in the woods or rural North Carolina on land donated by the Petty family. The facility runs weeklong, disease specific camps for children between the ages of six and sixteen during the summer, and family retreats during the spring, fall, and winter. Due to their health concerns, the children who come to Victory Junction are not able to attend other summer camps or enjoy the same activities as their peers. To date, Victory Junction has blessed the lives of nearly 18,000 children and their families.

Six years prior to Adam Petty’s tragic death, Kyle Petty was inspired to start the Kyle Petty Charity Ride Across America when, after deciding to ride his motorcycle out to a NASCAR race at the Phoenix International Raceway, he ended up being joined by 30 other riders. He realized that such a ride presented a great opportunity to raise money for various charities, and the annual charity ride was born. Since then, 7,180 motorcyclists have participated in the ride, logging more than 10 million cumulative miles and raising almost $15 million dollars to support Victory Junction as well as other charities.

2014 marks the Kyle Petty Charity Ride’s 20th Anniversary. The ride will begin on Saturday, May 3 in San Diego, CA and end the following Saturday, May 10, on the “southern east coast” covering 2,800 miles in the process. If you’re interested in participating in the ride, send an email to info@kylepettycharityride.com to learn more. Look for a full itinerary of the trip to be announced sometime in early 2014.

 

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