Big Rig Run 5k run/walk to benefit missing and exploited children

DALLAS (August 2011) – Whether you’re a trucker or exhibitor attending the Great American Trucking Show or a local runner or walker looking for a summer 5k, make plans to participate in the Big Rig Run 5k run/walk. Scheduled for Friday, Aug. 26, 2011, at Katy Trail (, the event kicks off at 7 a.m., when local temperatures are typically 78. The flat, shaded course was the site of last year’s Too Hot to Trot run, which drew more than 70 participants.

Interested runners and walkers can pre-register at The event is free and includes a Big Rig Run T-shirt, optional transportation to and from the run, a goody bag and snacks. First through third place medals will be awarded for top male/female finishers in three age groups. Participants who hold a commercial driver license will be eligible for Fastest Male/Female Trucker awards. Registration will also be taken on site.

A portion of the proceeds will benefit the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, in support of Truckers News efforts to encourage truckers to be on the lookout for children in peril. Additional donations will be accepted on site during the event.

The Truckers News Fit for the Road Big Rig Run 5k also shines the spotlight on the serious state of truckers’ health and demonstrates how even small changes to diet and exercise can result in big pay offs. While more truckers are making lifestyle changes to improve their health and fitness, an alarming number continue to struggle with obesity and the serious diseases associated with a sedentary lifestyle.

Long-haul trucker, marathoner and Fit for the Road columnist Jeff Clark will be on hand to participate in the run and to discuss how he fits fitness into a schedule that includes up to 14-hour-work days and more than 100,000 miles per year on the road.

The event is sponsored by Detroit Diesel, Freightliner, John Christner Trucking, Right Weigh, Swift Transportation and TA/Petro.

About Truckers News

For more than 30 years, Truckers News has been the No. 1 news and lifestyle publication for over-the-road truckers. More than 90,000 copies of this award-winning publication are distributed monthly at premier truck stops and travel centers nationwide. Since 2007, Truckers News Fit for the Road has helped educate truckers about the dangers of a sedentary lifestyle and encourage them to take steps to lead healthier lives.

About the Great American Trucking Show

The Great American Trucking Show is an all-encompassing convention of trucking professionals, featuring nearly 400 exhibitors representing truck, trailer, engine, component and parts manufacturers, as well as services catering to the heavy- and medium-duty trucking industry. Educational opportunities include the TruckSmart Summit and sessions produced by the Texas Motor Transportation Association. More than 45,000 trucking professionals attend GATS, including fleet executives, owner-operators, safety and operation managers and suppliers.