More than 30 teams are expected to participate when the “Biggest Challenge in Kentucky” makes its return trip to in historic downtown Paducah on Saturday, August 5. The annual Big Brown Truck Pull for Special Olympics will be the highlight of the evening and will take place during the LIVE on the River concert series.
Teams of 15 from companies and organizations throughout the area will flex their muscles for Special Olympics - vying to see who can pull a loaded UPS 18-Wheeler 12 feet in the fastest time. That’s approximately 80,000 pounds! Youth teams have the option of pulling a UPS panel delivery truck – still heavy but a little easier to get moving.
Teams are limited to 15 pullers and can be made up of friends, family members or coworkers. Teams raise a minimum of $750 (or about $50 per team member) to compete, youth division teams are to raise a minimum of $300.
Prizes will be awarded for the fastest pull time in men’s, women’s and co-ed divisions as well as to the team and individual who raises the most funds, the team that shows the most team spirit, the best team cheer and the team with the best team t-shirt or costume! On August 5 it will all come down to strength and determination as they take the rope and pull that truck!
“We would hope to register 30 teams, but we still have a ways to go if we are to meet that goal,” explained Laura Miller, West Regional Director for Special Olympics Kentucky. Teams can sign up to compete on-line at http://2017paducahtruckpull.kintera.org/faf/home/default.asp?ievent=1174024.
“Special Olympics prides itself on being able to offer sports training, competition and programs at little to no cost to our athletes and families,” said Miller. “We currently offer five different sports throughout the year in McCracken County. By raising additional funds, we hope to expand the sports opportunities and local SOKY programs.” The money raised will help with uniforms, transportation and equipment needs.
“In addition to raising funds, we also hope that this event helps to raise awareness for our programs,’ said Miller. “Many people don't realize that we work year round with our and there is a lot of volunteer opportunities available. We'd love to find some new volunteers as a result of this event!”
The Big Brown Truck Pull will get underway with live music at 3 pm on the Wilson Stage. Opening ceremonies will begin at 6:00 with the first pull taking place at approximately 6:30. Even if you aren't pulling it is a great evening to come out and enjoy the exciting competition.
The 2016 Big Brown Truck Pull is sponsored by UPS, Electric 96.9, West KY Star, WPSD Local 6, Subway, C-Plant Credit Union, Enterprise, Kroger, Atmos Energy, Ray Black & Son, The Kentucky Law Enforcement Torch Run, McDonald’s, Texas Roadhouse, LIVE on the River Series, Paducah Parks Services, Mike Smith Toyota, Worthington Industries, Hibbs Insurance, and Wilson Office Solutions.
For more information about the 2017 Big Brown Truck Pull or about sponsorships, please contact Jennifer McMahon at 502.326.5002 or firstname.lastname@example.org.