The second annual Nebraska Special Olympics Pulling for a Purpose was an opportunity for local and not so local herculeans to show off their strength on Saturday June 2, at the annual Airport Appreciation Day at the Western Nebraska Regional Airport.
“Skywest has graciously donated the aircraft a CRJ-200 jet, we’ll be using in the contest,” said Mark Overman a member of the local coordinating team for Special Olympics. “For our local and state fundraiser.”
Last year the group wasn’t able to get a plane to pull and instead pulled the airport’s fire truck.
“The fire truck is quite a bit heavier,” Overman said. “The plane is around 39,000lbs.”
In order to make the event fair, Special Olympics had sponsors Fed Ex help them out with doing a test pull. They found ten people could pull the plane easily.
“Special Olympics is dear to all of us, especially for law enforcement,” Overman said, who is also Sheriff of Scotts Bluff County. “We have been involved with the torch run since the mid 80’s and hold the popular Polar Plunge, now adding this event to our lineup.”
Four teams participated in the event with a pull off between the two best, the Western Nebraska Pioneers and Beauty and the Beasts.
Beauty and the Beasts, once again took home the trophy pulling the plane 15 feet in 5.877 seconds.
Brothers, Keegan and Logan Weiss, members of the Beauty and the Beasts said the event was a great fundraiser for local Olympians.
“It’s not about the trophy,” Logan said. “It’s about raising money for Special Olympics and we’re glad to help.”
Keegan agreed adding many of the youth participating in Special Olympics are really good and the team is glad to raise money to help them compete in the events in eastern Nebraska.