2017 Plane Pull pulls in $100k for Special Olympics NC


RALEIGH, NC (WWAY/SONC) — The 2017 Plane Pull for Special Olympics North Carolina is a wrap and is being considered a huge success. Organizers say more than 60 teams competed and raised $100,000.

“Participating teams from across the state had a great time competing for bragging rights while supporting nearly 40,000 registered Special Olympics athletes in North Carolina,”Special Olympics North Carolina President/CEO Keith Fishburne said. “Involvement from corporate teams, community groups and law enforcement agencies made the event in its 17th year one of the best ever!”

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The 2017 Plane Pull featured  five-person teams who attempted to pull a 30,000 pound American Airlines regional jet a distance of 25 feet the fastest. Competition took place in three divisions (corporate/community, law enforcement and female), and an overall champion was crowned after a pull-off between the top 20 fastest teams. The Bertie Enforcers of Bertie Correctional Institution were crowned the overall 2017 Plane Pull Champion with a pull time of 8.20 seconds.

The event’s top individual fundraiser was Jim Farrell of the Credit Suisse Helvetians who raised $1,100 for Special Olympics. Kristine Hughes of Cary was named the event’s top Special Olympics athlete fundraiser for raising $2,711. The top fundraising team was the Fayetteville Police Department Steeres Nutrition Blue with team members raising $3,450.

Top fundraising team:
Fayetteville Police Department Steeres Nutrition Blue

Top individual fundraiser –
Jim Farrell (Credit Suisse Helvetians)

Top Special Olympics athlete fundraiser-
Kristine Hughes (Pull the What?!)

T-shirt Prizes-
Best Event-Themed T-shirt: Fayetteville Police Department Vitality Vixens
Team Spirit T-Shirt: Bertie Correctional Institution Code 1 Team

The 2017 Plane Pull results are:
Corporate Division
1. The Heavy Weights (Food Lion) – 8.25 seconds
2. Team Swoll (Food Lion) – 8.74 seconds
3. RDU Mighty Maintenance – 9.04 seconds

Female Division
1. Resting Pig Face (Fayetteville Police Department) – 11.83 seconds
2. Code 1 (Bertie Correctional Institution) – 12.03 seconds
3. Vitality Vixens (Fayetteville Police Department) – 12.66 seconds

Law Enforcement Division
1. Bertie Enforcers (Bertie Correctional Institution) – 8.20 seconds (Overall Champs)
2. Fayetteville Police Department Steeres Nutrition Red – 8.58 seconds
3. Size Does Matter (Gaston County Sheriff’s Office) – 8.70 seconds

Trophies were awarded to first, second and third place finishers in each division. The Bertie Enforcers also received a grand champion belt.

Event sponsors include Credit Suisse, American Airlines, Trans States Airlines, RDU International Airport, HMS Host, UPS, Sheetz and Food Lion.