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Still time to sign up — NKY Fire Truck Pull for Special Olympics, get your team together for a good cause

The Biggest Challenge in Kentucky – The Northern Kentucky Fire Truck Pull for Special Olympics – will make its debut at Wayfair in Erlanger on Saturday, September 16. As many as 20 teams from local companies and organizations are expected to participate.

The event features teams in three divisions vying to see who can pull a 70,000-pound fire truck from the Point Pleasant Fire Department 12 feet in the fastest time.

The Northern Kentucky Fire Truck Pull will get underway at 10:30 a.m. with an opening ceremony and the first pull will take place at approximately 11.

In addition to the competition, the Northern Kentucky Fire Truck Pull will feature a great atmosphere for spectators and pullers. There will be food available from local food trucks and activities for kids in the Family Fun Zone.

Teams are limited to 15 pullers and can be made up of friends, family members or coworkers. Many teams that participate in the Fire Truck Pull come from companies and other community organizations, but they could just as easily be any 15 friends or neighbors.

Teams raise a minimum of $1,000 to compete. Prizes will be awarded for the fastest pull time in men’s, women’s and co-ed (minimum of six women) divisions as well as to the team that shows the most team spirit and the team with the best team t-shirt. Additional prizes will be awarded to the Top Fundraising Team and the Top Individual Fundraiser. There will also be an award for the top fundraising Special Olympics athlete participant.

All participants receive the official Northern Kentucky Fire Truck Pull T-shirt, but teams who raise more money can earn prizes including koozies, sun shades and stadium blankets.

There is still plenty of time to get your team together and get ready to pull that truck. Visit nkytruckpull.com to register or for more details.

Proceeds from the event go to benefit Special Olympics athletes throughout the state.

The 2017 Northern Kentucky Fire Truck Pull is sponsored by Wayfair, BelFlex, Integrated Deicing Systems, Barleycorn’s, Rumpke, Q102 and The Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics Kentucky.

The Fire Truck Pull is making its debut at Wayfair in Florence in place of the DHL Plane Pull, which Special Olympics Kentucky has held for the past four years. Changes at the airport have forced a pause in that event for now. In its four years, the Plane Pull raised nearly $350,000.

For more information about the 2017 Northern Kentucky Fire Truck Pull, please contact Taylor Ballinger at 502-695-8222 or tballinger@soky.org.

Special Olympics is the world’s largest program of sports training and competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. Participation in competitive events is open to all individuals eight years of age or older. Training and competition in local, area, state, and national programs is offered year-round in Kentucky in 15 sports. In addition to its traditional sports competitions, Special Olympics also offers early childhood programming through the Young Athletes Program and medical screenings though the Healthy Athletes Initiative. Special Olympics Kentucky has been changing the lives of people with intellectual disabilities in Kentucky for 47 years.

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