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    Plane Pull

The Rasmussen Group Presents.... 


Pulling for a Purpose
It's a giant tug of war between you, your friends and a 120,000-pound airplane!  The Plane Pull is a unique opportunity for individuals and organizations to raise money and support SOIA athletes by pulling a UPS 757.  In 2014, sponsors and participants of the Plane Pull raised more than $105,000 for Iowa athletes, giving them opportunities to participate in year-round sports, health and educational programming - and most importantly - experience joy, pride and respect.

Saturday, June 6, 2015
Des Moines International Airport/Endeavor Air

Online Registration:

1.  Select the quantity or plungers/chickens you are registering

2.  Create a Firstgiving account or sign in to your existing account

3.  Fill out the required registration instructions

4.  Create or join a team. (Or select I don't want to join a team)

5.  Customize your personal fundraising page (you can also do this later).  Click Next.

Friday, June 5
Mandatory Team Captain Check-In:
Prairie Meadows • Skinner Ballroom
Check-in/register your team Friday night.  Turn in your team donations, receive your t-shirts and lunch vouchers.  All team members are welcome to join!

Saturday, June 6
Opening Ceremonies
Endeavor Air
Join us as we kick off the 2015 Plane Pull with opening remarks by our sponsors and Special Olympic Iowa athletes!

Plane Pull begins
Endeavor Air/South Cargo Ramp
The first pull will start immediately after Opening Ceremonies.  The event is open to the public and will also include entertainment, food, an awards ceremony, on-site vehicle displays and a Kid's Zone with various activities.  Spectators are strongly encouraged to attend to join in on the fun and cheer on their favorite team!

Team Divisions:
Teams compete to see who can pull the plane 12 feet in the fastest amount of time.  Teams compete in one of the following divisions:

  • Open: General Public
  • Public Safety (At least 50% of the team members must be public safety competitors to qualify for this division)
  • Civic (At least 50% of the team members must be from a civic organization to qualify for this division)
  • High School/College
  • Co-Ed (At least 50% of the team members must be female competitors to qualify for this division)

Award Categories:

  • Fastest Pull - In each of the 5 divisions
  • Grand Champion
  • Top Fundraising Team
  • Best Team Costume

Team Fundraising Incentives:
In addition to the thrill of a lifetime and knowing that you're helping a great cause, there are some great prizes available to motivated fundraising groups!  Iteams will be awarded to each team member in the following categories:

  • $1,000: You get official bragging rights and the exclusive opportunity to pull a plane!  Plus, each team member will receive a commemorative T-shirt and free lunch onsite
  • $2,500: Plane Pull Water Bottle
  • $4,000: Plane Pull Cooler
  • $6,000: Choice of a Plane Pull Pullover Jacket OR a $500 Gift Card to Texas Roadhouse for a Team Party!

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Special Thanks to:





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