We are gearing up for the 2016 Heroes Pull for Special Olympics. Part of the committee was able to attend the International Law Enforcement Torch Run Conference this past October and came away with some great ideas on how to make this even better. The committee is looking forward to the Heroes Pull coming up on Sunday, March 13th, 2016 at Splash Cove in Shawnee Kansas.
We are also VERY pleased to announce that the Heroes Pull for Special Olympics along with the St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Duck Race was voted “Best of Shawnee” runner up. Thank you to all of those that voted and we are glad that our partners with the Irish American Club of Johnson County, and Shawnee Sister Cities Program allowed us to ride the coattails of their well established and great events.
We want to make sure you check out our inspiration page. These athletes are the reason this event is here. They are the reason the committee spends all the hours putting this event together on top of their individual fundraising through other events. Please take a moment and read a little bit about the athletes of Special Olympics Kansas. One of inspiring athletes and a past participant of the Heroes Pull Chevi Peters was able to go to the Special Olympics World Games this past summer due to the support of events like this one and our donors.
About the Pull:
The Heroes Pull was started by two Police Officers from neighboring agencies, one from Shawnee Police Department, one from Merriam Police Department. The idea came about while the two officers were at the International Law Enforcement Torch Run Conference. The officers came back and began planning the event. The event is held in Shawnee KS The first year (2012) the event was planned in about three months and raised more than $4600 for Special Olympics. This event has already grown to Western Kansas.
What is the Heroes Pull?
The Heroes Pull is a fund-raising event for Special Olympics. The event is part of the Law Enforcement Torch Run campaign for Special Olympics. The Heroes Pull is an event in which a team pulls two different Hero’s vehicles, a Lenco Bear and a fire truck. Each vehicle weighs approximately 38,000 lbs. The vehicles are pulled individually for time. The two times are combined and the team with the quickest combined time wins.
What makes up a team?
Each team’s combined weight cannot exceed 1500 lbs. The Heroes Pull is open to Police, Fire, EMS, Military, Civic leaders, High School / College Sports Teams, Corporations, Small Businesses, and anyone else that wants to get a team together and be a Hero for Special Olympics.
Why participate, sponsor or raise funds?
In 2015, Special Olympics Kansas will:
• Award 23,335 medals & ribbons
• Serve over 30,428 meals
• Provide over 500 Healthy Athlete screenings
• Give thousands of smiles and high-fives
What does Special Olympics do for the athletes? Take a look at Who we do this for…