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Teams Fight Wind and Rain to Flex Their Muscles at UPS Plane Pull Presented by ResCare
Weather Hampers Times, but not fun, on the tarmac
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It's not often that a time at the UPS Plane Pull presented by ResCare stays at the top of the leaderboard all day long. So when the Louisville Royals "Royal Family" pulled the 147,000-pound UPS 757 the 12 feet in just 7.25 seconds, nobody imagined that they'd be taking home a trophy. The time would have finished fourth the year before. But as they day wore on and the wind — and for a while rain — picked up, the Royals' chances looked better and better.

The Louisville Royals won the Co-ed Division with the first official pull of the day.

The biggest challenge of the day came from a team that like the Royals represented a Special Olympics program. Near the midway point of the event, the Bullitt County Warriors improved from 10.6 seconds on their first pull to an impressive 7.68 seconds on their third and final pull, but still not enough to overtake the Royals.

The last team of the day with a shot to knock the Royals out of the top spot had the look to accomplish that goal. Body Under Construction represented the Buckner, Ky., gym by the same name. Their second pull was only the third pull of the day under 8 seconds in the Co-ed Division, but at 7.84 seconds, they couldn't unseat the Royals as the Kings (and Queens) of the Co-ed Division.

This year two women's teams registered for the Plane Pull and the newcomers from DSD-Seven Counties took home the title with a pull of 10.53 seconds in their second effort, beating the UPS Wonder Women of Bullitt County by nearly a full second.

The Agents of ARGI were fully in the Superhero spirit as they got ready to pull.

The Men's Division once again came down to the final pull of the afternoon. The C&I men of C&I Engineering posted an early pull of 7.07 seconds, but the Concrete Cowboys of Advance Ready Mix Concrete — who are a multiple-time past champion — took the lead by just .01 seconds with a time of 7.06 on their final pull.

That number held until the three-time defending champion Champion Trucking Heavy Haulers took to the rope. In their first pull, the Heavy Haulers removed all the drama, dragging the plane 12 feet in just 6.59 seconds. It was more than a second and a half slower than last year's incredible championship time, but on a windy, rainy Saturday it was the only pull under seven seconds of the entire day.

Like in the timed divisions, there was fierce competition for the Team Spirit and Best Team T-Shirt awards. This year both the team from presenting sponsor ResCare and the defending Spirit Champions from Kaleidoscope put together costumed, choreographed pre-pull cheers. Both were incredible, however, this year the judges from the University of Louisville cheerleading squad gave the nod to ResCare in the upset.

ResCare's Batman-themed cheer earned them the 2015 Spirit Award.

Kaleidoscope did hang onto the award for the best team T-shirt with their "Danger: Zombies Pulling Planes" shirts that went with their zombie cheer theme.

See Photos From The 2015 Plane Pull

See All 2015 UPS Plane Pull Presented by ResCare Results

This year's UPS Plane Pull presented by ResCare included more than 600 pullers on 36 teams and raised nearly $85,000 for Special Olympics. The team from ResCare was once again crowned Top Fundraising team, with a total of $7,744. For the first time in several years, the Top Individual Fundraiser came from a team other than ResCare with Cindy Fenwick of UPS Metal Movers of Bullitt County taking the title with $1,720 raised. Dallas Derringer was once again the Top Fundraising Special Olympics athlete at $991.

Our thanks to everyone who played a part in this year's UPS Plane Pull presented by ResCare, especially all of the teams and volunteers who fought the weather to make the event a success. We especially want to thank Atlantic Aviation, the Louisville Regional Airport Authority and the Kentucky Air National Guard for their continued support of the Plane Pull. We would also like to thank our sponsors— ResCare, LINAK, UPS, Texas Roadhouse, the Kentucky Law Enforcement Torch Run and Atlantic Aviation.

For more information about how your team can be involved in the 2016 UPS Plane Pull presented by ResCare or for sponsorship information, contact Jennifer McMahon at 502-326-5002 or via e-mail at jmcmahon@soky.org.

2015 Plane Pull Champions
Men's Division - Champion Trucking Heavy Haulers, 6.59 seconds
Co-Ed Division - Louisville Royals "Royal Family", 7.25 seconds
Women's Division - DSD-Seven Counties, 10.53 seconds

Top Fundraising Team - ResCare, $7,744
Top Fundraising Individual - Cindy Fenwick, UPS Metal Movers of Bullitt County, $1,720
Top Special Olympics Athlete Fundraiser - Dallas Derringer, Louisville Royals "Royal Family", $991

Team Spirit - ResCare
Best Team T-Shirt - Kaleidoscope


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