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UPS Plane Pull Returns to Atlantic Aviation October 4
Event provides great team building opportunity for companies and organizations
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The UPS Plane Pull presented by ResCare returns to Atlantic Aviation in Louisville on Saturday, Oct. 4, ready to build on the growth its experienced in the two years since it returned to the airport from Downtown Louisville (where it was the Big Brown Truck Pull. Activities get underway with on site registration at 9 am, followed by Opening Ceremonies at 10.

Once the action starts, teams of 20 from companies and organizations from throughout the area will take turns seeing who can pull a giant UPS Boeing 757 cargo plane 12 feet in the fastest time. Teams get two pulls each to post their best time and teams that raise more than $1,500 get an addition bonus pull to try to improve their time.

Dallas Derringer
Special Olympics athlete Dallas Derringer dances with his coach Danny Lane during his team's pre-pull cheer.

Each team must raise a minimum of $1,000 (or $50 per puller) to compete. Each team member receives an official Plane Pull T-shirt. For the first time this year, individual incentives are based on team fundraising totals, so as the team raises more money, each team member gets additional Plane Pull gear.

Awards are presented in men's, women's and co-ed (minimum of 7 women) divisions. There are also awards for the top fundraisng team and top individual and Special Olympics fundraiser as well as for the teams with the most team spirit and the best team Plane Pull T-shirt.

In addition to the pulling, there will be a family fun zone that will have food and games and activities throughout the day. Teams can show up, pull and leave, or make a full day of it and stay to see who wins the big prizes.

The UPS Plane Pull provides an excellent, turn-key team building opportunity, making it a favorite of companies and organizations throughout the Metro area.

There will be a Captains' Kickoff event on Thurdsay, July 31 with sessions starting at Noon and 5:30 pm at Atlantic Aviation. Team captains and people who may be interested in forming a team can come by to get information and team captain packets. Food will be served.

Register On-Line Now!

For more information about how you can get your team signed up for 2014 UPS Plane Pull presented by ResCare or for sponsorship information, contact Candace Thompson at 502-326-5002 or cthompson@soky.org.

The UPS Plane Pull presented by ResCare took a sizeable step forward in its second year back on the runway at Atlantic Aviation in Louisville. This year's event added five teams over last year's total (up to 38) and raised more than $112,000, up $12,000 from a year ago.

One of the great stories form the 2013 Plane Pull involved Special Olympics athlete Dallas Derringer. Dallas made this awesome fundraising video to support his Plane Pull efforts, and it clearly paid off as Dallas raised $4,101.58 for his team -- Dallas' Cowgirls (and Boys). The total easily gave him the honor of being the Top Fundraising Special Olympics Athlete at the event.

Derringer wasn't the only first-time top fundraiser to produce an impressive number. Ross Davison from presenting sponsor ResCare took overall Top Individual Fundraiser honors for the first time, raising an eye-popping $8,493.10. That total helped lead ResCare to another Top Fundraising Team title. Through individual fundraising and a number of events in the leadup to the Plane Pull, ResCare raised a team-best $16,153.82 in addition to the company's event sponsorship.

Out on the runway, only one team managed to defend its title from 2012. The Champion Trucking Heavy Haulers had to go to their third "bonus" pull (for teams that raised more than $1,500) to reclaim their Men's Division crown. The DiscoverCares team had put up a time of 6.83 seconds and the Heavy Haulers had pulled 6.86 and 6.84 seconds in their first two efforts. However the third pull came in at 6.53. The Heavy Haulers had to wait out the pulls of two other past Men's champions, but neither could dethrone them.

Caldwell Tanks
Caldwell Tanks pulled its way back into a Plane Pull Co-ed Division title.

Longtime Plane Pull participants Caldwell Tanks took the Co-ed Division championship. They posted a 6.85 second pull early in the day, more than a half second faster than the 2012 division winning time. It's not often that early times hold up throughout the day, but only two teams -- Demandsam.com from Aguiar Law Office and Plane Awesome (the Russell County Lakers) -- came within .25 seconds. It was the second Co-ed title for Caldwell Tanks who also won before the event moved to Downtown Louisville as the Big Brown Truck Pull for four years.

Longtime Plane Pull sponsor LINAK took home a title as well with their women's team claiming the Women' Division crown with a pull of 10.72 seconds.

The event Spirit Award returned once again to the team from Kaleidoscope, keeping that prize in their control going back tot he Big Brown Truck Pull years. Kaleidoscope has taken over the mantle of doing full-blown productions for their pre-pull cheer. This year's effort included music, dancing and a cardboard replica of the Plane. Kaleidoscope, which serves people with intellectual disabilities, had a special reason for pulling this year as well. One of their clients who loved the Plane Pull had passed away since the previous year and they pulled in his honor.

The Plane Awesome team didn't waste a trip to Louisville from Russell County, despite falling short of the Co-ed Division title. The first-year team took the award for the best team T-shirt, no small feat in a crowded field of excellent productions.

Plane Awesome
The newcomers from Plane Awesome (Russell County Lakers) claimed the Best Team T-shirt Award.

See Photos From The 2013 Plane Pull

See All 2013 UPS Plane Pull Presented by ResCare Results

Our thanks to everybody who made the UPS Plane Pull presented by ResCare such a great day, especially all of our teams, volunteers and our sponsors -- ResCare, UPS, Atlantic Aviation, LINAK, Texas Roadhouse, Easy Rock 105.1, 99.7 DJX, 102.3 The Max, CBS Outdoor and Kentucky Law Enforcement for Special Olympics.

2013 Plane Pull Champions
Men's Division - Champion Trucking Heavy Haulers, 6.53 seconds
Co-Ed Division - Caldwell Tanks, 6.83 seconds
Women's Division - LINAK Women, 10.72 seconds

Top Fundraising Team - ResCare, $16,153.82
Top Individual Fundraiser - Ross Davison, ResCare, $8,493.10
Top Special Olympics Athlete Fundraiser - Dallas Derringer, Dallas' Cowgirls (and Boys), $4,101.58

Team Spirit - Kaleidoscope
Best Team T-Shirt - Plane Awesome (Russell County Lakers)


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