It was another spectacular summer night when the Big Brown Truck Pull returned to Paducah on Saturday, August 1, as part of the Paducah Parks Department's Live on the River series.
This year, 260 pullers on 20 teams came out to test their strength against a loaded UPS 18-wheeler (or a smaller UPS delivery panel truck for the younger divisions). Five teams took home championships and only one was a repeat winner.
Only the Girl Scouts were able to take home a title for a second consecutive year. The Scouts pulled the panel truck 15 feet in just 4.50 seconds to claim the Youth 18 & Under Division. The Girl Scouts had won the younger division a year ago. That title (for 11 & Unders) was claimed this time around by the St. Stephen Outlaws for Christ, who managed their pull in 4.66 seconds.
|Twenty teams grabbed the rope and tested their strength against the UPS 18-wheeler at this year's Big Brown Truck Pull
Kroger, which has been an incredible supporter of the Big Brown Truck Pull throughout its history, claimed the Co-ed division with their Kroger Krushers team. They pulled the big truck 15 feet in a time of 7.02 seconds.
Of all the SOKY pull events, the Paducah Truck Pull has featured the most consistent competition in the Women's Division. This year that division championship went to the Lumber Jills. They posted a pull time of 10.78 seconds.
The most hotly contested division at any of these events is the Men's Division. This time around that championship went to James Marine. The guys from James Marine pulled in a time of 6.36 seconds.
Obviously the goal of events like the Big Brown Truck Pull is to raise money to support Special Olympics. This year, the Paducah Truck Pull raised more than $25,000 to support programs in Western Kentucky and throughout the state. The 2015 fundraising was led by the AAA/Easy Money Big Moving team which raised $2,608. The Top Individual Fundraiser award went to Leigh Toby who raised $410 for the event. The Top Special Olympics Athlete Fundraiser was Kyle Young of McCracken County Special Olympics.
Our thanks to everyone who helped with this year's Paducah Big Brown Truck Pull, including our sponsors — UPS, C-Plant Federal Credit Union, Atmos Energy, Pepsi Mid-America, WPSD Local 6, WKYQ, Walker House, Wilson Office Supply, Paducah Parks and Recreation, The Live on the River Sounds of Summer Concert Series, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Randy's Body Shop, Saladino, Oakes & Schaaf, Royal Oaks Chevrolet Cadillac, ROK Studio, McCracken County Mustangs Football and the Law Enforcement Torch Run.
For more information about the Paducah Big Brown Truck Pull or about how you can get involved in 2015, contact Jennifer McMahon at 502-326-5002 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
2015 Paducah Big Brown Truck Pull Awards
Top Fundraiser - Leigh Toby, $410
Top Fundraising Special Olympics Athlete - Kyle Young
Top Fundraising Team - AAA/Easy Money Big Moving Team, $2,608
Men's Division Champion - James Marine, 6.36 seconds
Women's Division Champion - Lumber Jills, 10.78 seconds
Co-ed Division Champion - Kroger Krushers, seconds
Youth 11U Division Champion - St. Stephen Outlaws for Christ, 4.66 seconds
Youth 18U Division Champion - Girl Scouts, 4.50 seconds
Team Spirit Award - AAA/Easy Money Big Moving Team
Best Team T-Shirt - Lumber Jills