The Big Brown Truck Pull will return to Lexington on Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013, but it will roll on down the road a little way to a new home. After three years at The Mall at Lexington Green, the Truck Pull moves to the new Texas Roadhouse location in Beaumont Center, just off Harrodsburg Road. The new venue will provide greater visibility for the event as well as a chance to team up once again with our legendary year-round partners at Texas Roadhouse.
The format of the Big Brown Truck Pull will be the same as it has the first four years. Teams of 15 raise at least $1,000 per team (or about $67 per team member) and the battle to see who can pull a loaded UPS 18-wheeler 12 feet in the fastest time. Champions will be crowned in men's, women's and co-ed divisions. In addition to the division championships, prizes will be awarded to the top individual fundraiser and the top fundraising team as well as to the team that shows the best team spirit (usually through a team cheer) and the team with the best team T-shirt.
And while the Big Brown Truck Pull is perfect as a team-builder for any business or organization, teams can come from anywhere. Teams can be made up of co-workers, group members, family, friends or neighbors -- any 15 people who want to have fun and support Special Olympics.
|The Lexington Hustlers Special Olympics softball team was the Top Fundraising Team winner with $3,737 raised.
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The Big Brown Truck Pull is sponsored by UPS, Texas Roadhouse, Ohio Mills, Mix 94.5 Frankfort Civitans and the Kentucky Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics.
For information about how you can be involved in the 2013 Big Brown Truck Pull, either as a team captain or as an event sponsor, contact Julie Goodpaster, Special Events Director at 502-695-8222 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
A huge crowd turned out at The Mall at Lexington Green on Saturday, Sept. 22, to take part in and watch the 2012 Lexington Big Brown Truck Pull presented by Ohio Mills. The crowd, which was likely the biggest in the event's history, saw new teams dominate the day's events.
For the second straight year, only one champion was able to repeat their title from the year before. Last year it was the Civitan Semi-Stars repeating as the top fundraising team. This year it was Ron Cloyd of Team LT2 (Toyota) repeating as the Top Individual Fundraiser. Cloyd raised $1,751 pulling in honor of his grandson Landon, who has an intellectual disability.
Cloyd narrowly outpaced the winner of the Big Brown Truck Pull's newest award — for the Top Fundraising Special Olympics athlete who participates. This year that honor went to Leigh Ann Fallis of the Civitan Semi-Stars who raised $1,423.66.
A full Special Olympics team won the Top Fundraising Team award as the Lexington Hustlers — a local softball team — won with a total of $3,737 raised. Team member Wake Mullins finished just behind Fallis for the Top Fundraising Athlete honor, finishing with more than $1,000 raised.
This year's Big Brown Truck Pull was highlighted by a number of teams from local public protection agencies. The Lexington Fire Department has been a part of the event since its inception five years ago and has won the Co-Ed Division a couple of times. This year they were joined by teams from Blackburn Correctional Complex, the Lexington Police Department and Lexington Community Corrections, all of whom were making their first appearance as truck pullers. Two of those teams walked away with trophies.
The Lexington Police won the Men's Division with a pull of 5.16 seconds, an improvement of .63 seconds over Cloyd's LT2 team's winning time of a year ago. Lexington Community Corrections took the Co-Ed Division this year with a pull of 5.22 seconds, which was nearly a full second better than last year's winning time.
The Truck Pull featured a Women's Team for the second year in a row, as the Kentucky State Women's Basketball Team took part in the event. Their pull of 7.17 seconds was all they needed to take home the Women's Division trophy.
|The Lexington Police pulled their way to a Men's Division title in their first year competing at the Big Brown Truck Pull.
While it was the first time they won the award, the Team Spirit Award went to a team that has been a staple at the Big Brown Truck Pull for several years. The Old Grand-Dad Gang from Jim Beam Brands won the title with a spirited pre-pull cheer, though they did face stiff competition from the K-State women.
The Best Team T-shirt Award went to another new team in Creative Lodging Solutions. The folks from CLS channeled their inner hippies with a tie-dyed look.
Once again this year the event featured a Family Fun Zone where kids could play before, during or after their parents took part in the Big Brown Truck Pull. The zone featured the Little Brown Truck Pull where kids pulled a replica UPS delivery van and delivered color-coded packages. There was also a bouncy house and a velcro wall, as well as temporary tattoos. Also in the Family Fun Zone, Truck Pull presenting sponsor and Year-Round Partner Ohio Mills set up collection bins for the clothes recycling that helps provide funding for Special Olympics Kentucky. If you couldn't make it out to drop off clothes at the Truck Pull, you can still donate clothes, shoes or books at any of hundreds of Ohio Mills drop-off locations throughout Kentucky.
2012 Lexington Big Brown Truck Pull AwardsTop Fundraiser - Ron Cloyd, LT2; $1,751
Top Fundraising Special Olympics Athlete - Leigh Ann Fallis, Civitan Semi-Stars; $1,423.66
Top Fundraising Team - Lexington Hustlers; $3,737
Men's Division Champion - Lexington Police Department; 5.79 seconds
Co-Ed Division Champion - Lexington Community Corrections; 5.22 seconds
Women's Division Champion - Kentucky State Women's Basketball; 7.17 seconds
Spirit Award Winner - Old Grand-Dad Gang (Jim Beam Brands)
Best T-shirt - Creative Lodging Solutions