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Two construction projects will impact traffic to and from Denver International Airport (DEN) this week.

Inbound Peña Blvd. lanes (heading to DEN) between Tower Rd. & the RTD bridge will be restored to their pre-existing, permanent alignment. A right inbound lane closure will be in effect from approximately 8 p.m. on May 28 to 4 a.m. on May 29. Additionally, crews will replace a damaged overhead electronic message board sign on May 28 and 29 on outbound Peña Blvd. (leaving DEN). Work is expected to start around 10 p.m. on May 28 and finish around 4 a.m. on May 29, and again around 10 p.m. on May 29 to 4 a.m. on May 30. At approximately 1 a.m., between Tower Road and E 56th Avenue, a slow rolling closure of Peña Boulevard traffic will be implemented for less than 10 minutes. Speeds will be significantly reduced. Crews will be transporting and setting bridge girders on E-470 over outbound Peña Blvd. (leaving DEN) between 11 p.m. on May 30 until 6 a.m. on May 31. Between Jackson Gap Street and E-470, approximately once every hour, slow, rolling closures of Peña will be implemented for approximately seven minutes. Speeds will be significantly reduced during this time.

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Special Olympics to Host Fourth Annual ‘Plane Pull’ Fundraiser at Denver International Airport


DENVER – July 13, 2016 – Recruit your friends and start your training – Special Olympics Colorado, in partnership with Law Enforcement Torch Run and SUBWAY, will host its fourth-annual Plane Pull fundraiser at Denver International Airport (DEN) on Saturday, Aug. 13. Proceeds from the event will help Special Olympics Colorado provide year-round training, competitions and leadership programs for more than 20,000 athletes with intellectual disabilities in Colorado.

The Special Olympics Plane Pull is a competition among teams of up to 25 people. Teams will attempt to pull a 164,000-pound airplane 12 feet in the least amount of time. Teams are required to raise a minimum of $1,250 to participate, and individuals without a team are encouraged to join the Special Olympics Colorado team “SOCO Strong” with a $50 registration fee. The event will include exhibits, vendors, food and entertainment. Prizes will be given for the fastest team time, slowest team time, best dressed team, top team fundraiser, top individual fundraiser, fastest law-enforcement team, and others.

“The Plane pull is a one-of-a-kind, fun experience that helps us further our mission to create an inclusive and welcoming society for all Coloradans with intellectual disabilities,” said Mindy Watrous, president and CEO of Special Olympics Colorado. “Using the power of sports, our athletes have opportunities to develop as leaders, to discover new strengths and abilities and to find success on the playing field and in life. We do not charge our athletes to participate and that is thanks to the support we receive from generous Coloradans at events like the Plane Pull! This year we hope to raise over $100,000 and we are inviting the whole community to come out and help us make a positive impact on our athlete’s lives.”

The event will be hosted at Signature Flight Support, located at DEN. There is no minimum number of team members required to pull the plane, and Special Olympics Colorado will have volunteer plane pullers on site if your team would like extra sets of hands. The deadline for highest fundraiser for this year’s event is 3 p.m. on August 12 and registration is open until 11 a.m. August 13.

“Since we began our partnership with Special Olympics Colorado, the annual plane pull event continues to grow in popularity and has raised more than $250,000 to support this important program,” airport CEO Kim Day said. “We are excited to once again open our facility to this incredibly heartwarming, fun and spirited competition.”

To register, visit All participants will receive a commemorative T-shirt. Fundraising tips and tools are available online as well. The 2016 Special Olympics Colorado Plane Pull is presented by Subway and supported by the following partners: Law Enforcement Torch Run, Denver International Airport and Signature Flight Support.

What: Plane Pull event benefiting Special Olympics Colorado
When: Saturday, Aug. 13 – Check-in begins at 9 a.m., event begins at 11 a.m.
Where: Signature Flight Support at DEN, located at 7850 Harry B. Combs Parkway
Media: Media should RSVP by contacting Britanny Saunier at 720-359-3101 or [email protected]

About Special Olympics Colorado

Special Olympics Colorado provides year-round training and competition in 22 sports for more than 20,000 athletes living in the state of Colorado. With the support of more than 9,000 volunteers and the generosity of Colorado citizens, corporations and local businesses, Special Olympics Colorado is able to offer more than 100 events annually to individuals with intellectual disabilities as young as 2 ½ years old and through a lifetime. The Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics Colorado is the movement’s largest grassroots fundraiser and public awareness vehicle. For more information,

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