Plane Pull

The Plane Pull features the ultimate tug-of-war competition while raising money for the athletes of Special Olympics Oregon. Teams will be put to the test and give it their all as they take on the challenge to be the best in competition and fundraising.

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With regard to the safety and health of our athletes, volunteers, participants and the LETR community, we are postponing the Plane Pull until fall of 2021.   Please continue to support the athletes of Special Olympics Oregon through a variety of online events and fundraisers at

Special Olympics Oregon thanks our past Plane Pull teams, participants and our partner, The Evergreen Aviation Museum.

Our sympathies at this time are with those affected by COVID-19 in our State and local communities, and all around the world.

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Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum,

500 NE Capt. Michael King Smith Way, McMinnville, OR, 97128.

The Plane Pull event is in partnership with the Oregon Law Enforcement Torch Run . The Law Enforcement Torch Run® for Special Olympics is the largest public awareness vehicle and grass-roots for Special Olympics fundraiser for Special Olympics.

To learn about sponsorship opportunities for The Plane Pull, please email our development team.

How it works

Teams of six (6) line up adjacent to a rope attached to and similar to the NASA Gulfstream II Shuttle Simulator, weighing approximately 35,000 pounds. On the starter’s signal, the pull time will begin. After the team pulls the aircraft the required 50 feet, the stopwatch is stopped and the elapsed time is recorded as the team score.

All teams will get two pulls of the aircraft. For the first round of pulls, all teams will do an initial time trial. These times will then be used for seeding into 3-4 different divisions (depending on number of registered teams). Once teams are divisioned, they will then do one additional pull for their official time score. Medals will be awarded to the 1st place teams in each division.

Team roster

Team captains will be asked to provide their team roster the day of the event during registration. All pullers must be 14 years of age or older. Team composition is maximum 6 pullers (a minimum of 2 women per team is required). Note: An individual is only allowed to pull on one team roster.

Team registrations

Please note that the event is capped at 32 teams. Team captains are encouraged to register and create a team fundraising page right away. The $150 team registration fee can either be paid online, or can be fundraised through soliciting friends, families, co-workers, etc. utilizing the team’s fundraising page. Regardless of the method used for raising the money, the $150 must be submitted before the event.

Although we are only requiring $150 for teams to participate, teams are strongly encouraged to use their team page to fundraise above and beyond their registration fee. A prize will be awarded to the top fundraising team.


Team check-in begins at 9:00 a.m., with the first pull scheduled for 10:00 a.m.. We anticipate the final pull happening around 12:00 p.m., with the award presentations occurring shortly thereafter.

Team check-in on-site

During team check-in on the morning of the event, a complete team roster, including puller contact information, and waivers will be collected (pullers ages 14 to 17 must have a parent/guardian sign their waiver). Waivers will be provided for all participants at check-in. If waivers are needed ahead of time for pullers ages 14-17, please contact us and one will be emailed to the team captain.

T-shirts and wristbands will be distributed at team check-in after the completed team roster and waivers are received.

Communication with team captains

In the weeks leading up to the event, team captains will receive regular communication from the Event Chair with details on their fundraising progress.

Pull times, additional instructions and complete Plane Pull rules will be emailed to team captains by 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday prior to the event. All team captains are required to attend the team captains' meeting at 9:30 a.m. on the morning of the pull.

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