Annual Plane Pull at DIA a Success for SOCO

DENVER (CBS4) – The second annual “Plane Pull” for Special Olympics was held Saturday at Denver International Airport.

The event drew 50 teams, hundreds of volunteers, spectators, Special Olympics athletes and vendors as teams of all ages played tug-of-war with a FedEx Boeing 757.

(credit: Special Olympics Colorado/Bill Luster)

(credit: Special Olympics Colorado/Bill Luster)

Each team had to bring at least $1,250 to qualify or $50 per person for individuals looking to join a team.

“The law enforcement was out in large numbers to support the cause. The Broomfield Police Department came in as the fastest team to pull the plane 12 feet and take home the coveted FedEx trophy as the fastest Law Enforcement Torch Run team for Special Olympics,” Special Olympics Colorado said in a statement.

Broomfield police had the highest fundraising team with over $5,400 heading into Saturday’s event.

“All teams can continue raising the much needed funds for Special Olympics Colorado programs which serve more than 15,000 athletes with intellectual disabilities around the stte by providing sports training, competition, health education and leadership programs for people 2 1/2 to 80 years old, at no charge.”

(credit: Special Olympics Colorado/Bill Luster)

(credit: Special Olympics Colorado/Bill Luster)

Additional Information Form Special Olympics Colorado

Those interested in donating to Special Olympics Plane Pull or a supporting a specific team can still do so through this week at

Other winners at today’s Plane Pull for Special Olympics Colorado:

Most Team Spirit: Crossfit Evolve
Fastest Aviation Team: JARS
Fastest Overall Team: Team Tom
Fastest Fitness Team: Iron Rebel

The 2014 Plane Pull for Special Olympics Colorado was supported by: FedEx, DIA, Signature Flight Support, American Family Insurance, Air Force, HMS Host, KOA Radio, Morgan Awards, Jeppesen (a Boeing Company), and Rocky Mountain Law Enforcement Credit Union.

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