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Teams pull UPS truck to raise money for Special Olympics Kentucky

The Lexington police team members showed their winning form in the men's division at The Big Brown Truck Pull for Special Olympics in Lexington on Sept. 22. More than 14 teams and 166 pullers raised $16,708.83 by competing to pull an 18-wheeler containing 70,000 lbs of greeting cards. Photo by Mark Ashley
The Lexington police team members showed their winning form in the men's division at The Big Brown Truck Pull for Special Olympics in Lexington on Sept. 22. More than 14 teams and 166 pullers raised $16,708.83 by competing to pull an 18-wheeler containing 70,000 lbs of greeting cards. Photo by Mark Ashley Herald-Leader

The Special Olympics is known for unconventional fund-raisers such as people jumping into freezing water in winter, but pulling a 70,000-pound UPS truck full of greeting cards is a truly different way to raise money.

For the third year at Lexington Green, 13 teams of 15 people flexed their muscles to see who could pull the truck the farthest in the least amount of time.

"People like to be involved in something different," said Trish Mazzoni of Special Olympics Kentucky. "It's great team building."

The group held a similar truck pull in Paducah last week, and teams of 20 people each are signing up to pull a 757 jet next week in Louisville.

Teams Saturday included Jim Beam, Best Buy, the Kentucky State University women's basketball team and a Special Olympics softball team, the Hustlers.

"It's a fun event," said Beckie Woolums of Jim Beam in Frankfort. No one really has time to train, so she picks the burliest people from the plant.

Winners were named in three categories: Co-ed team — Lexington Fayette Urban County Government Community Corrections Department; Men's Team — Lexington Police Department; Women's Team — Kentucky State University women's basketball team.

The event raised more than $16,000. In 2011, the three events statewide raised more than $135,000 for Special Olympics Kentucky.

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