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


DENVER — July 21, 2015 — Special Olympics Colorado, in partnership with Law Enforcement Torch Run and SUBWAY, will host its third-annual Plane Pull fundraiser at Denver International Airport (DIA) on Saturday, Aug. 1. Proceeds from the event will help Special Olympics Colorado provide year-round training, competitions and leadership programs for 16,000 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 already registered. Teams are required to raise a minimum of $1,250 to participate, and individuals without a team are encouraged to fill in some of the spots on one of the existing teams for 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 Special Olympics Colorado Plane Pull gives participants bragging rights that they pulled a 164,000 pound plane with their friends, families and co-workers,” said Mindy Watrous, President & CEO of Special Olympics Colorado. “The backdrop of an active runway at one of the world’s busiest airports offers an experience most of us will never have without the Plane Pull – a definite adrenalin rush for people of all ages.”

The event will be hosted at Signature Flight Support, located at DIA. There are 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 an extra set of hands. The deadline to sign up for this year’s event is 3 p.m. on July 31.

“We have pledged to make this year, our 20th anniversary, a year of giving back to the communities we serve,” said Denver International Airport CEO, Kim Day. “We are excited to share that spirit with Special Olympics Colorado – which has raised more than $157,000 at DIA over the last two years – through a plane pull event that continues to grow in popularity each year.”

To register, visit 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. 1 – 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 16,000 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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