Thank you to all of the teams, partners and spectators that braved the chilly temperatures and supported our event. For the 3rd year in a row, the Shawnee Fire Department took the championship. New comers to the event, Mission Police Department took 2nd. Johnson County Regional Police Academy recruits took 3rd. The Overland Tow Maters won the lowest combine weight pull. Check out the full results. Take a look at our event photos. We look forward to seeing you next year!
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 in 2015 and 2016. 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 our 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.
What is Heroes 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 is in the planning phases of expanding to three other locations in Kansas.
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. In the Heroes Pull, each 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. There is an optional third pull, in which each team may compete using the least number of people to pull the vehicle for the fastest time.
What Makes 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.
Interested in starting your own team? Contact us today!
Why Participate, Sponsor or Raise Funds?
All of the money raised in this event stays in Kansas with Special Olympics Kansas. 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 5,100 athletes compete with an eye on the gold in an array of 20 different 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.