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Special Olympics Kentucky planning the NKY Fire Truck Pull; event will be Sept. 28 at Wayfair

Special Olympic Kentucky will hold a kickoff meeting for the Northern Kentucky Fire Truck Pull on Tuesday, July 23, a Chuy’s on Houston Rd. in Florence. The event is a fundraiser for Special Olympics Kentucky.

Photos from last year’s competition.

The Fire Truck Pull features teams from local companies and organizations competing in three divisions to see who can pull a 65,000-pound fire truck from the Point Pleasant Fire Department 12 feet in the fastest time.

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.

The Fire Truck Pull is scheduled for Saturday, September 28, at the Wayfair location on Donaldson Highway in Erlanger. Day of event festivities will get underway at 10:45 am with an opening ceremony. The first pull will take place at approximately 11.

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 or costume. Additional prizes will be awarded to the Top Fundraising Team and the Top Individual Fundraiser.

All participants receive the official Northern Kentucky Fire Truck Pull T-shirt, but teams who raise more money can earn prizes including koozies, insulated tote bags, and Bluetooth speakers.

People interested in the event can visit nkytruckpull.com to register or for more details.

The 2019 Northern Kentucky Fire Truck Pull is sponsored by Wayfair, Chuy’s, Point Pleasant Fire Department, Wayfair Outlet and Law Enforcement for Special Olympics Kentucky.

Last year the Northern Kentucky Plane Pull raised more than $30,000.

For more information about the 2019 Northern Kentucky Fire Truck Pull, please contact Hannah Truax at 502-695-8222 or htruax@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 are 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 through the Healthy Athletes Initiative. Special Olympics Kentucky began as a one-day event in Louisville in 1970 and has expanded to serve more than 10,000 athletes statewide annually. Special Olympics celebrated the 50th Anniversary of the global movement in 2018.

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