Lehigh Valley Plane Pull FAQs
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It’s a fundraiser for Special Olympics Pennsylvania athletes in our area and a fun competition to see which team of 25 can pull a FedEx Airbus 300 airplane the fastest! Participants line up along a huge rope attached to the aircraft. The starter signals the team, then starts the stopwatch and the team pulls the aircraft 12 feet.
Each team raises a minimum of $2,500 ($100 per team member) for Special Olympics Pennsylvania athletes in our area and bragging rights to be the Strongest, the Fastest and the Best!
Saturday, October 7, 10 AM – 3 PM
The Air Cargo Apron for FedEx at Lehigh Valley International Airport at 951 Postal Road Allentown, PA 18109
Yes! We are excited to welcome necessary volunteers needed to make this even run smoothly. Volunteer sign ups COMING SOON!
Contact Sarah Driscoll with any questions.
Thank you for your interest! We could not host such a successful event each year without our generous corporate partners. The Plane Pull® is a great event to give your organization great exposure while also supporting PLANE amazing community organization. Please contact Sarah Driscoll to schedule a meeting to learn how to support more than 2,000 Special Olympics Pennsylvania athletes in our region.
More information: 2023 Sponsorship Packet
Event gates will open at 10:00 AM. The Plane Pull event begins at 10:30 AM. Gates will close at 3:00 PM.
All teams will be able to select their pull time window once they raise the minimum donation of $2,500 and their suggested event arrival time will be based on that.
Teams should plan to arrive on airport property an hour prior to their scheduled pull time window. This will give ample time to park, go through event security, gather the full team and officially check in.
Please note: We have a stadium bag policy; no bags over 5x7, backpacks, coolers, firearms, knives, weapons, balloons or pets (unless service animals) are allowed. Baby bags and bags for medical purposes are allowed but must be hand searched. All event attendees must pass through security prior to admission, so please prepare for a potential delay at entry.
Parking for volunteers will be available at the FedEx parking lot and directly across the street at the B Braun facility. Parking for participants will be available across the street at the B Braun facility.
Volunteers and participants will receive specific parking information from a Plane Pull representative closer to the event. If you do not receive this information by the week of the event, please contact Sarah Driscoll at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Due to the high security of the event space, bags are not allowed inside on the runway unless for emergency medical or childcare purposes. Participants should leave all bags inside their car. If participants need to bring in a small 5x7 bag or clear bag they should build in extra time as it will need to be searched at security at the event entrance. Personal water bottles are not permitted but water stations will be available on site and bottled water available for purchase. Hats and sunscreen are encouraged. If there is rain in the forecast, ponchos and umbrellas are a must! Remember to bring gloves to pull.
T-Shirts will be available for pick up at the Special Olympics offices 2158 Avenue C, Suite 201, Allentown, PA 18017. Team captains will be advised when t-shirts arrive and are available for pick up.
This event is rain or shine. Any schedule updates will be posted to the homepage.
As the event nears, team captains are asked to select their competition time in the order each team met the $2,500 donation minimum. Scheduled pull times are approximate. If you are uncertain when your team is pulling, please reach out to your team captain to confirm when you will be competing.
The magic number of people that we know can pull a plane successfully is 25. Teams are welcome to come with as few as 20 people. We will have volunteers and our athletes fill the ranks to get you to 25. Teams can have as many as 35 people on the rope. If a team has more than 35 people interested in participating we suggest that they create 2 teams!
The Plane Pull® is open to anyone who registers, so grab your friends, coworkers, family or anyone who wants to join in this meaningful fun. There are five divisions to choose from.
- Open Division: Ideal for companies, clubs, friends and families
- Public Safety Division: Law enforcement, first responders and military personnel.
- Fitness Division: CrossFit, gyms, yoga or other fitness groups
- University Division: College/university students, staff
- High School Division: High school students and staff
Corporate teams and organizations are encouraged to join, and sponsorship opportunities are available here or by contacting Sarah Driscoll.
Yes! Every person planning to pull the plane MUST register online with their team prior to arriving on-site at the event. Any team member not already registered will be required to do so at the event and can delay the check-in process.
Teams must raise a minimum of $2,500 to participate in Plane Pull®, which is only $100/person!
Teams who want to guarantee their spot on the ropes before raising the minimum donation can fill out a credit card authorization form. If the minimum donation is met 30 days after the event, the card will NOT be charged.
All "offline" funds can be sent to the Special Olympics PA Greater Lehigh Valley Pocono office.
Special Olympics PA
Attn: Plane Pull
2158 Avenue C, Suite 201
Bethlehem, PA 18017
Last-minute cash and check donations can also be turned in at check-in.
If your Plane Pull® team doesn’t raise the full $2,500, you can charge the remaining balance to a team member’s credit card by completing the credit card authorization form. Special Olympics PA will charge your card 30 days after the event to give your team additional time to fundraise the remaining balance. The card will only be charged any remaining balance after 30 days.
If your team raises the partial or full donation amount but does not compete, your current donation amount on the day of the event will support Special Olympics Pennsylvania athletes in our region. Thank you!