Special Olympics to Hold Fire Truck Pull

El Paso, TX - Members of the community will come together to use their strength for a good cause on Saturday, June 17 as they attempt to haul a 55,000-pound El Paso fire engine for 75 feet in the fastest time at the Fire Fighters Academy at Ascarate Park. The annual Fire Truck Pull is a team-building activity and fundraiser that is open to the public and supports Special Olympics Texas athletes in the Greater El Paso Area.  Registration can be completed in advance online here.
 
The Fire Truck Pull requires teams of 10 friends, family members and colleagues to put their biceps and working together to pull the emergency vehicle. All teams are required to have at least one female on the squad. Teams with fewer than 10 members should indicate that when registering, as “fill-ins” can be found. The challenge will wrap up with an awards ceremony for the Fastest Team Pull and Most Money Raised.
 
Check-in and walk-up registration begins at 8:00 a.m. and the first pull is slated for 9:00 a.m. The entry fee is $25 per person or $250 per team (10 people). The parking fee at Ascarate Park is $2.00 for each vehicle.
 
Teams and individuals are encouraged to collect additional funds in an effort to compete for the “Most Money Raised” award. All funds collected through this event will go to SOTX to provide sports programming and competition training for more than 2,300 children and adults with intellectual disabilities in the Greater El Paso Area.
 
This event operates under the Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR), which is SOTX’s largest grass-roots fundraiser and public awareness vehicle. Through efforts like the Fire Truck Pull, Texas LETR raised over $1.4 million in 2016 to support more than 58,300 SOTX athletes across the state.

For more information contact Marsha Baray (mbaray@sotx.org) at 915.533.8229.
 
About the Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR)
The Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) is Special Olympics' largest grass-roots fundraiser and public awareness vehicle.  In Texas, the Law Enforcement Torch Run began in 1985 and had grown to become one of the largest in the nation.  Since getting started in Texas, Torch Run has contributed over $26 million through the dedication of thousands of law enforcement personnel fundraising on behalf of SOTX.  The support provided by this dedicated group has contributed greatly to programs in local communities, which involve more than 58,300 athletes with intellectual disabilities throughout the state.
 
About Special Olympics Texas
Special Olympics Texas (SOTX) is a privately funded non-profit organization that changes lives through the power of sport by encouraging and empowering people with intellectual disabilities, promoting acceptance for all, and fostering communities of understanding and respect.  SOTX provides continuing opportunities for more than 58,300 children and adults with intellectual disabilities throughout the Lone Star State to realize their potential, develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage and experience joy and friendship.  To learn more, visit www.specialolympicstexas.org or call 800.876.5646.  Engage with us on: Twitter @SOTexas; fb.com/SpecialOlympicsTX; youtube.com/specialolympicstexas. Visit the SOTX-Greater Dallas Area Facebook page at fb.com/SOTX10.

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