The UPS Plane Pull will return to Atlantic Aviation in Louisville on Saturday, Oct. 3. Once again, teams of 20 from companies and organizations throughout the area will flex their muscles for Special Olympics, competing to see who can pull a 170,00-pound UPS Boeing 757 cargo jet 12 feet in the shortest time.
The UPS Plane Pull presented by ResCare is a great way for companies or organizations to do some fun team building and show their community support, but any group can participate -- churches, families, friends or neighbors. Teams raise a minimum of $1,000 per team (and can raise more to receive greater fundraising rewards) and then come out on Oct. 3 to take the rope and pull that plane!
Champions will be crowned in men's, women's and co-ed divisions. In addition to the divisional trophies, there are awards for the top individual fundraiser, top fundraising team and top fundraising Special Olympics athlete and for the team with the best team cheer and with the best team T-shirt or costume.
|UPS placed 11 teams in the 2014 Plane Pull.
Activities begin at 9 am with the opening of on-site check-in. The event opening ceremonies will start at 10 and the first team will pull at about 10:30.
While teams aren't competing they and their families can take part in the family fun zone. There will be food, games and other activities while teams await their turn on the rope or hang around for the awards ceremony.
On-Line registration will be available soon
The UPS Plane Pull presented by ResCare is sponsored by ResCare, UPS, Atlantic Aviation, LINAK, Texas Roadhouse, CBS Outdoor and The Kentucky Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics Kentucky.
For more information about the 2015 UPS Plane Pull presented by ResCare, or about how you can participate, contact Jennifer McMahon at 502-326-5002 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The UPS Plane Pull presented by ResCare continued its growth since its return to Atlantic Aviation three years ago, when teams took to the runway again on Saturday, Oct 4. This year, more than 821 participants on 42 teams came out to pull the USP 757 cargo plane. They raised more than $116,000 for Special Olympics Kentucky, the most since the event's return.
The competition to see who could pull the plane the fastest looked to be a walkaway for a while in the co-ed division. The Top Guns of BAE Systems (who did do their pre-pull cheer to Danger Zone from the Top Gun movie) all but buzzed the tower with a blazing early time of 7.00 seconds in just the fourth official pull of the day. Many co-ed teams went by before the first of two LINAK co-ed teams came close with a pull of 7.19 seconds. Later, past champion Derby City Cross Fit opened their three pulls with a 7.54 second tug to announce that they were in the hunt. Their 7.34 seconds on their third pull was their best of the day, however and the Top Guns were safe for a while longer. The last two co-ed teams of the day mounted very strong challenges to the Top Guns. The Zachary Industrial team posted a final time of 7.02 seconds, just missing the mark and Zirmed's Team Christin pulled in 7.53 seconds, but both times left the Top Guns taking home the trophy.
The women's division saw two contenders take to the rope this year. Both were among the 11 teams that represented UPS this year. Beauties in Beast Mode pulled first and posted a time of 10.41 seconds -- easily good enough to have won the event last year. They still had to face a challenge, however, from the UPS Wonder Women. Though they pulled with all their might, the Wonder Women stalled at 11.61 seconds, giving Beauties in Beast Mode the win.
|C&I Engineering took the Best Team T-Shirt Award with this hand-drawn design.
As it always seems to, the men's division came down to the final pulls of the day. Several men's teams had posted excellent times throughout the day — UPS Pull Ups at 7.16 seconds; LG&E Mill Creek Station at 7.12 seconds and Ben Will Win (another UPS team) pulled in 6.75 seconds). But once again, two past champs would pull in the final two turns to settle the division. As defending champs, the Champion Trucking Heavy Haulers had the benefit of pulling last; however, they agreed to switch turns with Louisville Corrections FOP Lodge 77 which was still awaiting a team member. The Heavy Haulers ended up making the most of the move, pulling in an incredible 5.03 seconds. FOP 77 managed a 6.68 second pull, but the Heavy Haulers captured their third consecutive title.
Speaking of consecutive titles, the team from Kaleidoscope came through once again with an amazing cheer that involved super hero costumes and a remix of "All the Single Ladies" to claim yet another Team Spirit award.
C&I Engineering, which wen with a hand-drawn design won the award for Best Team T-shirt.
ResCare, which has for years been the the UPS Plane Pull's presenting sponsor once again dominated the fundraising awards. Their team raised $16,358.88 in addition to the corporate sponsorship to once again claim Top Fundraising Team honors. ResCare team member Anthony Piagenti was the Top Fundraising Male at $7,782.08 and Ellen Davison of Res Care raised $5,955 to claim Top Fundraising Female honors.
Finally, Dallas Derringer claimed his second Top Fundraising Special Olympics Athlete award. Dallas, who produced great YouTube videos to support his efforts, raised $3,278 for his team.
See Photos From The 2014 Plane Pull
See All 2014 UPS Plane Pull Presented by ResCare Results
2014 Plane Pull Champions
Men's Division - Champion Trucking Heavy Haulers, 5.03 seconds
Co-Ed Division - BAE Systems Top Guns, 7.00 seconds
Women's Division - Beauties in Beast Mode (UPS), 10.41 seconds
Top Fundraising Team - ResCare, $16,358.88
Top Fundraising Male - Anthony Piagenti, ResCare, $7,782.08
Top Fundraising Female - Ellen Davison, ResCare, $5,955.00
Top Special Olympics Athlete Fundraiser - Dallas Derringer, Things Pullin Planes, $3,278
Team Spirit - Kaleidoscope
Best Team T-Shirt - C&I Engineering