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INDIANAPOLIS — Groups from across Indiana are invited to test their strength in a giant game of tug-of-war against a Boeing 757 jetliner — all to support people with intellectual disabilities.

Special Olympics Indiana will host its 21st annual Plane Pull Challenge on Aug. 13 at the Indianapolis International Airport postal hub. Registration will open at 7:30 a.m. and competition will follow from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Presented by the Law Enforcement Torch Run® for Special Olympics Indiana, the Plane Pull Challenge is the organization’s largest single-day fundraising event and offers a unique opportunity for teams of up to 15 people to compete and determine who can pull the 82-ton FedEx aircraft down a 12-foot track in the shortest amount of time. The fastest team in each of the five divisions — corporate, public safety, high school, college and open — will receive an award. Plus, individuals can earn additional prizes for raising money to support Hoosiers with intellectual disabilities.

This family-friendly event also features a festival-like atmosphere with music, food, souvenirs, games and other activities throughout the day. Back for 2022, guests can test their basketball skills and earn bragging rights in the Hot Shot Challenge presented by Pacers Sports & Entertainment. Additionally, younger attendees can join forces for a chance to pull the Boeing 757 during the free kids exhibition pull. When the pulling is over, adults can take a break at the Plane Pull Oasis and enjoy a brew courtesy of Sun King Brewing.

Spectators are welcome and admission is free. To take part in the Plane Pull Challenge, team members are asked to collectively raise a minimum of $1,200. Participants can visit SOIndiana.org to find additional information and register.

All the funds raised through the Plane Pull Challenge support Special Olympics Indiana’s nearly 18,000 athletes as well as the organization’s efforts to end discrimination and empower people with intellectual disabilities across the state.

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