The Kyle Petty Charity Ride announced Tuesday the 26th edition of its annual event has been postponed to 2022 because of COVID-19 concerns.
The charitable organization had originally postponed the event from May 2-8, 2020 to May 1-7, 2021 after the outbreak of the novel coronavirus. Organizers on Tuesday pushed that timetable back again to April 30-May 6, 2022 because of lingering concerns with the pandemic.
“We talked through every ‘what if’ scenario and tried to come up with a way to safely execute the Ride this spring, but ultimately we don’t feel we could safely make that happen,” said Kyle Petty, a longtime analyst now with NBC Sports. “There is still so much uncertainty and risk with the pandemic, which is why we have decided to once again postpone the Ride, now to 2022. The health and safety of our Riders and the communities we visit is of the utmost importance to us and we simply cannot take that risk.
“I hope that we will soon be in a much better place. I’m choosing to cling to that hope and now focus on making our 2022 Ride the best it can possibly be. The camaraderie of the riders, the beautiful scenery of our country and the mission to raise funds to send so many deserving kids to camp at Victory Junction is what the Ride is all about!”
The ride has helped raise more than $19 million for the Victory Junction camp, which was founded by the Petty family in 2004 to honor the memory of Kyle’s son, Adam. More than 8,650 riders have joined the ride’s efforts, which has also benefited other children’s charities.
The route for the 2022 ride — presented by Cox Automotive — remains unchanged from the original 2020 itinerary, starting and ending in Phoenix after a weeklong loop through parts of Arizona and Utah.
With so much uncertainty still surrounding the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we have decided to postpone our 26th Anniversary #KPCharityRide for the second time. The new dates of our Ride will be April 30 – May 6, 2022.
— KylePettyCharityRide (@KPCharityRide) January 12, 2021