2017 Plane Pull® to benefit Special Olympics NC raises important funds

The 2017 Plane Pull® presented by Credit Suisse to benefit Special Olympics North Carolina was a success with more than 60 teams competing and collectively raising $100,000, according to Special Olympics North Carolina President/CEO Keith L. Fishburne. 

“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,” Fishburne said. “Involvement from corporate teams, community groups and law enforcement agencies made the event in its 17th year one of the best ever!” 

The 2017 Plane Pull™® featured a contest among five-person teams to determine who could 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 SuisseAmerican Airlines, Trans States AirlinesRDU International Airport, HMS HostUPS, Sheetz and Food Lion

About the NC Law Enforcement Torch Run

The Law Enforcement Torch Run is an annual international public awareness and fundraising campaign for Special Olympics. Special Olympics provides year-round sports training and competition for more than 4.2 million children and adults who have intellectual disabilities. Nearly 40,000 athletes participate in Special Olympics in North Carolina, making it one of the largest Special Olympics programs in the world.

The Law Enforcement Torch Run® for Special Olympics is officially endorsed by the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the North Carolina Association of Chiefs of Police, the National Sheriff’s Association, the North Carolina Sheriff’s Association, the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators, the National Association of School Resource Officers, NC Association of School Resource Officers, NC Department of Justice and the NC Department of Public Safety.  

About Special Olympics North Carolina

Special Olympics North Carolina offers year-round sports training and competition for nearly 40,000 children and adults with intellectual disabilities. These athletes inspire greatness through their success and provide motivation to the thousands of coaches, sports officials, local program committee members and event organizers involved in Special Olympics statewide.  SONC offers Olympic-type competition in 19 sports on local and state levels as well as health and wellness initiatives to improve the health status and increase access to community health resources for individuals with intellectual disabilities. Youth become agents of change through Unified Champion Schools, an education and sports based program created by Special Olympics to build an inclusive environment among youth with and without intellectual disabilities as well as empower them to become youth leaders and create change in their community. Visit Special Olympics North Carolina at Engage with us on;, and

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