Jeep Rally for Respect joins events supporting Special Olympics Delaware

FENWICK ISLAND — From rappelling 17 stories over the edge of a Wilmington skyscraper, and plunging into the chilly Atlantic Ocean in early February … to Jeeps.

The first ever Jeep Rally for Respect benefiting Special Olympics Delaware will be held Saturday morning, Sept. 7.

Dozens of Jeeps are expected to participate in the police-escorted ride – no stopping for lights – that starts at the Delaware Seashore State Park South Inlet Day Area (located just south of the bridge) and ends on the beach at Fenwick Island State Park.

“We are estimating 50 jeeps for this first time event,” said Special Olympics Delaware spokesman Jon Buzby.

Upon arrival at the state park, drivers and passengers will be greeted by music compliments of Brian K. Hall of Classic Rock 103.5 & 102.9 The Vault.
A judged “Show and Shine” will take place on the beach while participants enjoy lunch, compliments of Bethany Blues.

Entry fee is $50 per jeep, which includes the driver. There is a $15 fee per passenger. Fee includes lunch.
“Anytime we can attract a new segment of the Delaware population we are excited for the opportunity to educate them about the value of Special Olympics to our Delaware residents,” said Lisa Smith, director of marketing and development for Special Olympics Delaware. “We anticipate that this event, similar to our other unique events, will become a mainstay fundraiser for the organization and that one day the Jeeps participating in this inaugural ride will look back on it and be proud to have been part of the first one.”

Registration will begin at the South Inlet at 9:30 a.m. with the Jeeps departing at 10:30 a.m.
“We anticipate arrival at Fenwick beginning as early as 10:45 a.m.,” said Mr. Buzby.

The Jeep Rally for Respect is one of several Special Olympics events – Truck Convoy, Ride to the Tide, Over the Edge, Polar Bear Plunge and Torch Run supported by Delaware’s Law Enforcement for Special Olympics movement, which is comprised of police officers representing every agency in the First State.

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