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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 Second Annual ‘Plane Pull’ Fundraiser at Denver International Airport Saturday

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DENVER — Aug. 6, 2014 — Special Olympics Colorado, in partnership with Law Enforcement Torch Run, will host a Plane Pull fundraiser at Denver International Airport (DIA) on Saturday, Aug. 9. Proceeds from the event will help Special Olympics Colorado provide year-round training, competitions and leadership programs for 15,000 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 164,000pound Boeing 757 at least 12 feet in the least amount of time. More than 50 teams have registered for Saturday and event organizers are expecting an additional 150-200 to register this week. Teams are required to raise a minimum of $1,250 to participate, and those interested in registering this week are encouraged to fill in some of the spots open on one of the existing teams at 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 and fastest law-enforcement team. The event will be hosted at Signature Flight Support, located at DIA.

“Our first Plane Pull was a tremendous success from a participant and fundraising standpoint,” said Mindy Watrous, President and CEO of Special Olympics Colorado. “We anticipate the same type of memorable experience for our participants this year. Plane Pull is not only a great team-building exercise, but it is also a way to support our talented Special Olympics athletes here in Colorado. And, the backdrop of DIA makes this event that much more special.”

“Denver International Airport is proud to support our community with this exciting event once again,” said Denver International Airport CEO, Kim Day. “Last year, the largest number of participants registered for a first year Plane Pull in the event’s 20 year history. The event at DIA raised more than $75,000 to support year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympics type events for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, and we are looking forward to another successful event this year.”

To register a team, visit www.SpecialOlympicsCO.org. All participants will receive a commemorative T-shirt. Fundraising tips and tools are available online as well.

What: Plane Pull event benefiting Special Olympics Colorado

When: Saturday, Aug. 9 – Check-in begins at 9 a.m., event begins at 11 a.m.

Where: Signature Flight Support at DIA, located at 7850 Harry B. Combs Parkway

Media: Media should RSVP by contacting Amy Turner at 720-635-3513 or [email protected]

About Special Olympics Colorado

Special Olympics Colorado provides year-round training and competition in 22 sports for 15,000 athletes living in the state of Colorado. With the support of more than 6,600 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, visit www.SpecialOlympicsCO.org.


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