The city of Paducah showed its super strength in support of Special Olympics on Saturday, August 2, when the Big Brown Truck Pull rolled back into Historic Downtown.
This would be the first Big Brown Truck Pull without the influence of USEC — a major Paducah employer and supporter of the Truck Pull from the event's beginnings, but which is winding down operations in the area. The rest of the city jumped to support the event and the 2014 edition of the Truck Pull raised more than $35,000 for the program, exceeding last year's total.
This year's fundraising was led by the team from IMAC. A new team this year, IMAC raised $4,031 as a team, beating out Kroger and C-Plant Credit Union, who raised $2,500 each.
Of course, fundraising isn't the only contest at the Big Brown Truck Pull. This year teams competed in five divisions -- men's, women's, co-ed, youth and mixed youth (teams with members from 6-18 years old). The youth and mixed race divisions pulled a smaller UPS delivery truck. This year ALL of the divisions saw new champions take home the trophies.
|The Big Brown Truck Pull drew another big crowd to Historic Downtown Paducah in 2014.
In the women's division, the Kroger Wonder Women set the pace early, pulling the UPS 18-wheeler in 8.59 seconds. They had to wait awhile to see if their time would hold up as the defending champs from Pretty Tuff/C-Plant pulled near the end of the night. Pretty Tuff came closest on their first of three attempts, but their time of 9.03 seconds wasn't enough and the Wonder Women toppled the titleholders.
The men's division was decided on the first men's team pull of the night. The TVA Shawnee team set an incredible pace with a pull of 5.28 seconds. Nobody else would get close. Jim Smith Contracting and the Paducah Fire Department were the closest challengers at 6.07 seconds and the defending champs from CJ Mahan Construction pulled a 6.13.
The co-ed division provided the night's biggest drama and closest finish. The Kroger Crushers set the early standard with a time of 7.28 seconds. The Kablowie Crew of Caldwell County came close to taking over the lead but fell .11 seconds short with a pull of 7.39. Quick Care/Four Rivers Internal Medicine was next atop the leaderboard with the the first sub 7 second pull at 6.62. Their lead lasted just three teams, however, as the UPS Brown Bullies pulled their own truck 12 feet in 6.34 seconds. Two more teams — MWV and Paducah and Louisville Railway — managed times under 7.0, but neither could knock off the Brown Bullies.
|Team All 4 One flexes their muscles before they take their turn at the Big Brown Truck.
The youth division went to the Girl Scouts with a time of 4.63 seconds, which beat the defending champ Kroger Cuties on a second pull time tiebreaker. The mixed youth division title went to Randy's Tuggin Team in a time of 3.97 seconds.
The event's top fundraiser was Elizabeth Lester from Ebeth's Extraordinary Friends/Easter Seals, who raised $709.53. The top Special Olympics athlete fundraiser was Judy Field at $200.
The spirit awards went to youth team Ky's Cuz Crew for overall team spirit and to Jim Smith Contracting for the best team T-shirt.
Our thanks to everyone who helped keep the Big Brown Truck Pull rolling in 2014, especially the people at longtime sponsor Kroger. Kroger put a whopping six teams in this year's event.
See photos from the 2014 Paducah Big Brown Truck Pull
The Big Brown Truck Pull was sponsored by UPS, Pepsi MidAmerica, Kroger, C-Plant Federal Credit Union, 94.7 The Mix, Paducah Parks and Recreation, The Whaler's Catch, Wilson Office Supply and the Kentucky Law Enforcement for Special Olympics.
For more information about how your team can get involved in the 2015 Big Brown Truck Pull or for sponsorship information, contact Candace Thompson at 502-326-5002 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
2014 Paducah Big Brown Truck Pull Awards
Top Fundraiser - Elizabeth Lester, $709.53
Top Fundraising Special Olympics Athlete - Judy Field, $200
Men's Division Champion - TVA Shawnee, 5.28 seconds
Women's Division Champion - Kroger Wonder Women, 8.59 seconds
Co-ed Division Champion - UPS Brown Bullies, 6.34 seconds
Youth Division Champion - Girl Scouts, 4.63 seconds
Mixed Youth Division Champion - Randy's Tuggin Team, 3.97 seconds
Team Spirit Award - Ky's Cuz Crew
Best Team T-Shirt - Jim Smith Contracting