Kyle Petty Charity Ride coming through Austin

April 4, 2014 by  

The 20th Kyle Petty Charity Ride, which begins next month, will make a stop in Austin on its way to Daytona Beach, Florida.

The ride, which is not a race, starts in Carlsbad, California on May 3. More than 175 participants will ride their motorcycles on the 2,800 mile trip to raise money for Victory Junction Camp. Austin is one of three Texas cities to host a leg of the journey, with Midland and Beaumont also welcoming the riders.

Victory Junction Camp, the recipient of the fundraising ride, was created to honor Adam Petty, Kyle’s deceased son. The camp allows children with life-threatening and chronic illnesses the opportunity to enjoy a summer camp experience like other children. Thanks to the money raised by the ride, more than 7,700 kids have attended the camp free of charge.

A number of well-known names are among this year’s riders, such as Richard Petty, Kyle’s father and multiple Sprint Cup champion; Herschel Walker, former NFL star and Co. Allen West, former member of the U.S. House of Representatives.

The 10-day ride can be followed online at Twitter and Instagram as well as on the ride’s Facebook page. Savvy entrepreneurs will want to tie into the ride by employing print companies to produce flyers announcing specials on the days the ride will be in their city.

It will pull into Austin on May 6 and leave for Beaumont, Texas on May 7 to continue its journey.