The former race car driver is scheduled to leave Coeur d’Alene early Saturday at the head of 175 motorcycle riders – including former NFL running back Herschel Walker – participating in the 19th annual Kyle Petty Charity Ride Across America.
The event, a nearly 2,200-mile ride that ends in Tempe, Ariz., is a fundraiser for terminally ill children.
Petty is scheduled to arrive in Boise at 5:45 p.m. Saturday for an overnight stop at the Riverside Hotel. There the public will have a chance to meet Petty, Walker and other riders. They take off the next morning and head east to Jackson, Wyo., and, ultimately, Tempe.
Community members can also donate to the Ride’s “Small Change. Big Impact.” program. The money goes directly to Victory Junction, a camp created by the Petty family that offers “life-changing experiences” to children with chronic illness, according to a news release promoting the event. To date, the ride has raised nearly $15 million for Victory Junction and other children’s charities, according to the release.
Follow the ride on Facebook at www.facebook.com/KPCharityRide or on Twitter: @KylePetty and @KPCharityRide.