#SundaySpotlight: More Than A Pull

LONG BEACH, Calif. (July 16, 2017) – The concept is simple: put together a team of 25 and pull a plane 12 feet. Throw into the mix a FedEx 757 cargo plane weighing more than 124,000 pounds. Now that is a unique challenge that helps raise funds for Special Olympics Southern California (SOSC) athletes.

The 2017 Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) Plane Pull© will be held Sunday, Aug. 19 at Long Beach Airport. It will be the 12th year for the event and the goal is to have 50 teams raise $150,000 for SOSC Athletes.

But the Plane Pull has become much more than 12 feet.

The Plane Pull is a family event with festivities for people of all ages. Here is what you can expect for the 12th annual LETR Plane Pull:

This is a fun team competition to see which group of 25 can pull a FedEx airplane 12 feet the fastest. At the Plane Pull, you’ll test your strength, stamina, and heart, but no skill level is required to participate. All proceeds from the Plane Pull will support the more than 30,700 people with intellectual disabilities who train and compete in life-changing sports programs.

Create or join a team and test your might with co-workers, family and friends. Teams must be made up of 25 people. The minimum commitment for a team is $1,250. Individual participants are more than welcome to participate. At the event, individuals will be assigned to a team. The commitment per individual is $50.

Register for the Plane Pull at SOSC.org/PlanePull.

After registering, each team will be paired up with one SOSC  athlete who will be the 26th member of your team. They will be the Honorary Captain for your team with various duties including sending motivating messages to your team prior to the event and being included in the team photo following your two pulls. If you would like an athlete to speak to your group or organization to help you recruit team members or solicit donations, please contact Luke Farnell at lfarnell@sosc.org or 562.502.1038.

The Plane Pull is a family event with festivities for people of all ages. Invite your family and friends to not only donate to your cause but to come and watch the fun. Here is how the entire family can get involved:

  • BBQ Lunch (free for participants)
  • Food trucks will sell a variety of delicious desserts
  • Face painting
  • Raffle, including LA Rams tickets and Aerobatics Flight
  • Dunk tank
  • Kids Plane Pull – CHP Plane
  • DJ & Music, featuring SOSC athlete Robert Ward

Rev up your weekend and check out an impressive display of collectible cars during the Plane Pull. Cars, trucks, and motorcycles will be on display at the High Flying Classics Car & Motorcycle Show. Spectator admission is free. Trophies given for best in class in the following categories:

  • Cars: Classic, Custom, Muscle Cars, Low Rider, Old Bomb, New Sports Car, People’s Choice, SOSC Athlete’s Choice, Volkswagen
  • Motorcycle: 1st Overall People’s Choice, 2nd Overall People’s Choice, Low Rider

Register for the Car Show HERE.

Join SOSC and CrossFit Belmont Heights in this fun and exciting Functional Fitness Competition (FFC). The newest piece to the Plane Pull will have teams compete in competitions consisting of sit-ups, “calorie row” box jumps and synchronized burpees. Competition includes various categories with top teams winning prize packs.

  • Preregister for only $15.
  • Event Day is $20.
  • Kids 14 and under are free.

The Functional Fitness Competition registration can be found HERE.

Everyone needs a boost now and then – especially those who go above and beyond. That’s why we will award any team that reaches specific fundraising goals with prizes. Rewards will be determined by the total donation amount turned in to Special Olympics by the end of the Plane Pull. For team incentives, each member (up to 25 people) will receive special items. For a list of awards and prizes, CLICK HERE.

Bring your donations of gently used clothing, accessories, and household goods to the Plane Pull and help raise extra funds for Special Olympics Southern California. For every “kitchen sized trash bag” or equivalent of items donated, participants will receive 5 raffle tickets for our event day raffle that includes:

  • Rams Football Tickets
  • 1 hour aerobatics flight
  • Many more awesome gift baskets!

Check out the list of what we can accept on event day!

Special Olympics Southern California enriches the lives of athletes with intellectual disabilities through sports, health, and leadership programs. Special Olympics helps athletes become more independent, build self-esteem, and live healthier lives. They inspire people to open their hearts and create more accepting and inclusive communities. All Special Olympics programs are free to the athletes and their families. Learn more at www.sosc.org.

Law Enforcement Torch Run® (LETR) is the largest public awareness vehicle and grass-roots fundraiser for Special Olympics Southern California (SOSC). In 2016, more than 3,500 Southern California officers and 200 law enforcement agencies raised $1.5 million. LETR is changing the future for people with intellectual disabilities and lighting the way for acceptance and inclusion. For more information, visit: http://www.SOSC.org/LETR

  1. […] There is more. The day will include the High Flying Classic Car and Motorcycle Show, a Functional Fitness Competition ran by CrossFit Belmont Heights, and a used clothing drive. For information on these events, click here. […]


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