Event will include team and individual competitions to pull a plane and run a 5K on the runway.

Upper Cumberland Regional Airport will host its first-ever Plane Pull competition and 5K Run on the Runway Saturday, June 1, in partnership with Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics.

The event will benefit Special Olympics Tennessee.

“Upper Cumberland Regional Airport is proud to host the first Plane Pull in Tennessee,” said Dean Selby, Airport Manager. “This event ties aviation to a very special part of our community, Special Olympics. Partnering with Law Enforcement Torch Run to host such an important fundraising event is indicative of the commitment this airport has to the community. We look forward to welcoming everyone to the airport and appreciate your support of this worthy cause.”

Plane pull – Event at Upper Cumberland Regional Airport will include individual and team competition.

The Plane Pull event will include team and individual competitions beginning at noon. Up to 10 people will pull a 40,000-pound Gulfstream IV for 50 feet in the team competition and each individual competitor will pull a 4,000-pound Piper Aztec for 25 feet. Awards will be given based on the fastest times, team spirit and fundraising. The cost per team is $500, and individuals may register for $50.

Multiple law enforcement teams and CrossFit gyms from the region are already set to participate in the event.

Gulf stream – Up to 10 people will pull a 40,000-pound Gulfstream IV for 50 feet in the team competition.

“Our Tennessee Law Enforcement Torch Run program has been looking for new and exciting ways to raise money for Special Olympics Tennessee,” said Jennifer McAfee, Law Enforcement Torch Run Director for Special Olympics Tennessee. “We thought hosting a plane pull would be a great way to do this by targeting new fundraisers and participants. I think this event will bring out some very competitive participants and some who want to support our athletes. I think seeing the energy the teams and individuals bring to the runway will be great.”

The Run the Runway 5K will start at 9 a.m. Each participant will receive a T-shirt and a medal; the entry fee is $50. This is a unique opportunity to run on Tennessee’s longest and heaviest uncontrolled runway. There will also be booths and experiences available for everyone attending.

Special Olympics Tennessee athletes will demonstrate powerlifting, and the Young Athletes program will have an area for athletes ages 6 to 12. The Young Eagles will provide first-ever plane rides for children. There will also be displays from law enforcement, first responder agencies and much more.

To learn more or to register for either event, please visit www.SpecialOlympicsTN.org/PlanePull.

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