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?

All of the money raised in this event stays in Kansas with Kansas Special Olympics. The money benefits Special Olympics Kansas athletes by providing individuals with intellectual disabilities an opportunity to train and compete in sports and fitness programs.
Each year, over 4,400 athletes compete with an eye on the gold in an array of sports ranging from basketball to skiing to track to bowling. These competitions mean more than just medals to our athletes, but an opportunity to celebrate their abilities.

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…



2016 Heroes Pull

We are getting excited about the 5th annual Heroes Pull for Special Olympics. We have added a new pull category this year, the lightest team pull. Each team that raises at least $300 for the event will be eligible for this category.

For more information on the lowest combined weight pull.

Registration is now open. Register and to join a team.

To keep with the superhero theme we have had the last couple of years, we would like to present this year's T-shirt.

When and Where is the pull?

Sunday March 12th, 2017 at 2:30 pm

Team check in / weigh in begins at 1:30 pm
in the parking lot of Splash Cove.
5800 King, Shawnee KS 66203.

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Team Information

Each team is required to raise a minimum of $250 to pull the vehicles.
An award is presented to the team that raises the most money, as with the fastest three teams.
Register and to join a team.
Team Captain Tracking Form