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People Will Try To Pull 90-Ton Airplane During United Airlines Fundraiser For Special Olympics

To raise money for Special Olympics, teams of 20 people will try to pull a 90-ton airplane across the tarmac Saturday at O'Hare Airport.

A team pulling an airplane at last year's competition
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CHICAGO — Chicagoans can see if they have what it takes to pull a 180,000-pound plane during a United Airlines fundraiser for Special Olympics Saturday at O’Hare Airport.

The 14th annual Law Enforcement Torch Run Plane Pull starts 8:30 a.m. Saturday at O’Hare’s United Airlines Cargo Facility, 630 Cargo Road, with an opening ceremony. 

More than 80 teams, each with 20 people, will compete in a tug-of-war as they try to pull a 90-ton United Airlines 737 12 feet as fast as they can.

To enter the competition, teams must raise at least $1,000. All proceeds will be donated to Special Olympics Illinois. You can register here

The contest will include teams from companies, schools, fraternities and various gyms, plus teams of first responders, friends and families. 

To learn more about the competition, visit Special Olympics’ website

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