Special Olympics Indiana gears up for Plane Pull Challenge

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.– Special Olympics Indiana geared up Friday for its annual Plane Pull Challenge, which is ready for takeoff Saturday morning at the Indianapolis International Airport.

For the 12th straight year in Indiana, the 2013 Plane Pull Challenge will give groups of people a chance to see how fast they can pull a FedEx 757 jet 12 feet.

Another competition will see which group can pull the plane with the fewest amount of people, which organizers say is always a sight to behold.

Eric Garrett, who is a Senior Ramp Controller at Fedex and a County Coordinator for Special Olympics Indiana in Morgan County, helped bring the event to Indianapolis in 2002.

“I’ve seen the benefits that Special Olympics provides for children and adults with intellectual disabilities,” said Garrett.  “I just saw the enormous fundraising opportunity that having a Plane Pull in Indiana would present.”

Each group raises at least $1,200 to participate, but all levels of donations are welcome and appreciated.

Last year’s event raised more than $150,000, all of which goes to the Special Olympics Indiana to help its more than 11,000 athletes compete statewide.

“This is our largest single-day fundraiser,” said Duchess Adjei, Manager of Marketing and Public Relations for Special Olympics Indiana. “Our athletes are the heartbeat of the organization, so all of the fundraisers and events that we have benefit them wholeheartedly.”

Registration for the event, which takes place near the old postal sorting facility at the Indianapolis International Airport, starts at 7:30 a.m. Saturday.  Competition begins at 9 a.m. and runs through at least 12 noon.

Fox 59’s Michael Henrich is honored to be co-emcee for the big day.

To donate to the Special Olympics Indiana, any amount is welcome and appreciated online at https://www.firstgiving.com/fundraiser/MichaelHenrich/2013-plane-pull-challenge.

For more information on the event, visit http://soindiana.org/special-events/2013-plane-pull-challenge/.

Directions to the event can be found at http://soindiana.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/Directions-to-Location-1.pdf.