The 2016 Plane Pull® presented by Credit Suisse to benefit Special Olympics North Carolina was a success with nearly 80 teams competing and collectively raising $110,000, 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 16th year one of the best ever!”
The 2016 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 2016 Plane Pull® Champion with a pull time of 7.85 seconds.
The event’s top individual fundraiser was Tyler Hatley of Tyler’s Jet Streams who raised $3,050 for Special Olympics. Kristine Hughes of Cary was named the event’s top Special Olympics athlete fundraiser for raising $1,696. The top fundraising team was the Special Olympics North Carolina Athlete Council team “One Mind, One Body, One Team”, with team members Kristine Hughes, Brian Goins, Billy Quick, Zach Commander and David Caldwell raising $2,767.
Top fundraising team:
Special Olympics North Carolina Athlete Council Team – $2,767
Top individual fundraiser –
Tyler Hatley (Tyler’s Jet Streams) – $3,050
Top Special Olympics athlete fundraiser-
Kristine Hughes (Special Olympics North Carolina Athlete Council Team) – $1,696
Best Event-Themed T-shirt: Nitro West from ResCare
Team Spirit T-Shirt: Special Olympics North Carolina Athlete Council Team, created by Brian Goins of Davidson County.
The 2016 Plane Pull results are:
Corporate Division Law Enforcement Division
- Northwest Nitro (ResCare) – 8.45 1. Bertie Enforcers – 7.85 Overall Champs
- RDU Roll Out 1 (RDU Maintenance Dept.) – 8.91 2. State Highway Patrol Smokey Bears – 8.21
- Big Bears (Food Lion DC-4) – 8.94 3. Fayetteville Police Department Detectives – 8.68
- 1. Lady Blue Birds (Fayetteville Police Department) – 12.28
- Power Puff Girls (HMS Host) – 12.41
- Bahama Mamas (HMS Host) – 13.34
Trophies were awarded to first, second and third place finishers in each division. The Bertie Enforcers also received a grand champion belt.