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Washington plane pull and Chicago airfield race for Special Olympics

Fun was on the agenda at Washington Dulles and Chicago Midway at the weekend as the US gateways staged their annual plane pull and five kilometre airfield race respectively!

Saturday’s Dulles Day Festival & Plane Pull attracted huge crowds as more than 70 teams of 25 people took part in the annual event to pull an 82 ton FedEx freighter a distance of 12ft in the fastest time.

This year’s winner was the Chesapeake Sherif’s Office team which managed to complete the course in an impressive 5.11 seconds!

Runner’s up were the Fairfax County Sheriff team and CED, while in marked contrast, the slowest pull was completed by Loudoun Mutual Insurance Company.


Special awards were given to Just Plane Mamas (Most enthusiastic team); Briar Woods High School Men’s Lacrosse (Youth challenge); Chesapeake Sheriff’s Department (Heaviest team); and Mindseeker Inc (Lowest combined weight).

Booz Allen Hamilton; Loudoun Mutual Insurance Company; and Special Olympics Virginia Area 26 had the satisfaction of raising the most money.

Last year’s event raised almost $250,000 for Special Olympics Virginia.

The Plane Pull is the main event at the Dulles Day Family Festival, which also includes live music, a classic car show, aircraft displays and children's games and entertainment, including the Kids' Bus Pull.

Meanwhile in Chicago, nearly 700 people donned their running shoes to take part in the second annual Midway Fly Away 5K race on the “aviation’s busiest square mile”. 

Once again, Kevin Dockemeyer of Southwest Airlines was the first over the finishing line in a little over 17 minutes, while Cara O’Shea was the fastest female with a time of 20 minutes.

After the race, the festivities continued at a Midway hangar on West 63rd Street.

Elected officials – US Congressman Dan Lipinski (D-Illinois), State Senator Bill Cunningham (D-Chicago) and Chicago Alderman, Matt O'Shea – donned their running shoes for the race.

Organised by the Chicago Department of Aviation and Southwest Airlines, the fun event raised money for Special Olympics Chicago.

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