Inaugural Jeep Rally for Respect set to ride to Fenwick on Sept. 7


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

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

According to Jon Buzby, director of media relations for Special Olympics Delaware, registration of the Jeeps will begin at the South Inlet Day Area at 9:30 a.m., with the participants departing at 10:30 a.m.

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

“We anticipate arrival at Fenwick beginning as early as 10:45 a.m.,” Buzby said. “The plan is for the Jeeps to be on the beach, with judging to begin at approximately 11:30 a.m.”

The cost to register a Jeep is $50, with each passenger in the Jeep paying $15, which 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.”

The Jeep Rally for Respect is one of several Special Olympics events — the 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 comprises police officers representing every law-enforcement agency in the First State.