As night fell on the 2016 Paducah Big Brown Truck Pull, the defending men's division champions from James Marine were leaving the pulling area having fallen just .12 seconds shy of holding their crown. As the Kroger Warriors headed to the rope as the final team of the night, however, James Marine got back to work. Teams that raise at least $1,500 for the Truck Pull receive a third pull in addition to the regular two. So James Marine started working the phones. By the time the Warriors had finished their pull James Marine had lined up the additional $750 needed to secure that extra try at the rope.
The Paducah Big Brown Truck Pull
found a new home this year along
the city's Flood Wall.
Their efforts proved to be well worth their time. When they came back to close the event with their third and final pull, James Marine edged the City of Paducah Firefighters by just .07 seconds with a time of 4.56 seconds to reclaim their title, while also pushing the event's total dollars raised over $30,000 for the first time in a few years.
James Marine's time was a full 1.8 seconds faster than a year ago. It was one of a number of winning times that were faster as the Truck Pull's new home this year at the Paducah Flood Wall proved to be a fast track.
The only other team to defend its 2015 title -- the Warriors of Christ for St. Stephen's in the youth division -- bested their 2015 time by 1.1 seconds, pulling the UPS delivery van in 3.53 seconds.
Nobody put as big a gap between themselves and the winning 2015 time as the Pretty Tuff team from longtime Truck Pull sponsor C-Plant Federal Credit Union. Pretty Tuff knocked 4.2 seconds off last year's winning time to reclaim the women's division championship with a pull of 6.53 seconds.
|James Marine used a late fundraising effort to secure an extra pull and defend their title.
Also stepping back into the the winners circle were the UPS Brown Bullies in the co-ed division. The UPS team posted a time of 5.16 seconds.
The only first-time champion in 2016 was the PST Minnows in the pee wee division for groups all under 12-years-old. They pulled the UPS delivery van 12 feet in 4.53 seconds.
The first official team to pull this year may not have figured in the timed prizes, but they were vital to the success of the event. The Peg Leg Pullers took home the trophy as the event's top fundraising team, with a total of $3,645. That was more than $1,000 over the winning total of a year ago. Their effort was spearheaded by team captain William Smith, who was the top individual fundraiser at $1,810, more than $1,400 more than last year's champ.
The top Special Olympics athlete fundraiser award was presented to Steven Cook, who raised an impressive $885.
The men's division championship wasn't the only trophy James Marina took home. They also claimed the prize for best team t-shirt, while the womens division team "Things 1" claimed the prize for most team spirit.
Our thanks to everyone who helped make the Paducah Big Brown Truck Pull a success this year. In all, 291 pullers on 21 teams took part, raising more than $30,000 to support our athletes.
The Paducah Big Brown Truck Pull is sponsored by —UPS, C-Plant Credit Union, Texas Roadhouse, Wilson Office Supply, Subway, Kroger, Electric 96.9, West KY Star, WPSD Local 6, Atmos Energy, Ray Black and Son, Baptist Health, Mid-South Construction, Mike Smith Toyota, The Kentucky Law Enforcement Torch Run, the LIVE on the River Series and Paducah Parks and Recreation.
For more information about the Paducah Big Brown Truck Pull or about how you can get involved in 2017, contact Jennifer McMahon at 502-326-5002 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
2015 Paducah Big Brown Truck Pull Awards
Top Fundraiser - William Smith, Peg Leg Pullers; $1,810.00
Top Fundraising Special Olympics Athlete - Steven Cook; $885.00
Top Fundraising Team - Peg Leg Pullers; $3,645
Men's Division Champion - James Marine; 4.56 seconds
Women's Division Champion - Pretty Tuff (C-Plant Credit Union); 6.53 seconds
Co-ed Division Champion - UPS Brown Bullies; 5.16 seconds
Youth Division (Under 16) Champion - Warriors in Christ of St. Stephen's; 4.66 seconds
Pee Wee Division (Under 12) Champion - PST Minnows; 4.53 seconds
Team Spirit Award - Things 1
Best Team T-Shirt - James Marine