Last year the Lexington Big Brown Truck Pull found a new home at the Texas Roadhouse on Harrodsburg Road. This year, our new hosts are cranking up the energy when the event returns to that location on Saturday, August 23. This year the Big Brown Truck Pull moves from a morning event to the evening and the folks at Texas Roadhouse are working to create festival atmosphere around the Pull, including live music, an outdoor grill and an evening full of fun.
The Big Brown Truck Pull pits teams of 15 from companies and organizations from throughout the area against a loaded UPS 18-wheeler. Teams see who can pull the truck 12 feet in the fastest time. Teams get two pulls each to post their best time and teams that raise more than $1,500 get an addition bonus pull to try to improve their time.
Each team must raise a minimum of $1000 (or $67 per puller) to compete. Each team member receives an official Big Brown Truck Pull T-shirt. For the first time this year, individual incentives are based on team fundraising totals, so as the team raises more money, each team member gets additional Big Brown Truck Pull gear.
Awards are presented in men's, women's and co-ed (minimum of 6 women) divisions. There are also awards for the top fundraisng team and top individual and Special Olympics fundraiser as well as for the teams with the most team spirit and the best team Big Brown Truck Pull T-shirt.
The Big Brown Truck Pull provides an excellent, turn-key team building opportunity, making it a favorite of companies and organizations throughout Central Kentucky.
There will be a Captains' Kickoff event on Thursday, June 19 from Noon to 1 pm at the Texas Roadhouse in Beaumont Centre. Team captains and people who may be interested in forming a team can come by to get information and team captain packets and enjoy some delicious food courtesy of Texas Roadhouse.
For information about how you can be involved in the 2014 Big Brown Truck Pull, either as a team captain or as an event sponsor, contact Julie Goodpaster, Special Events Director at 502-695-8222 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Lexington Big Brown Truck Pull could hardly have had a better debut at its new home at the new Texas Roadhouse in Beaumont Centre. Once some early morning rain cleared off, it was a perfect day for the 15 participating teams to test their strength against the loaded UPS 18-wheeler parked near the restaurant.
It seemed like experience paid off in the timed divisions with past champions winning both the Co-ed and Men's Divisions.
The Lexington Fire and Friends team, which last won as a co-ed team captured the Men's Division with a time of 4.63 seconds. Pulling in matching T-shirts that declared them Team Claire in honor of a Special Olympics Kentucky athlete they were paired with, the Fire team won the division by .25 seconds over former champions Lowe's which was returning to the event after a year off.
The Lexington Community Corrections team defended its Co-ed Division championship, but by a razor-thin margin. The Community Corrections team had a blistering 5.00 second pull. Several teams came close, but nobody was as close as the home team from Texas Roadhouse. Making the final pull of the day, the Roadies gave it a go, clocking a 5.13 and leaving Community Corrections at the top of the list.
Two other champions defended titles this year, both in the fundraising category. The Lexington Hustlers -- made up of Special Olympics softball players and their coaches -- reigned once again as the top fundraising team, totaling $2,740. Their total barely edged the first-year team from Stantec which raised $2,655.
Despite the Hustlers' team success, none of their athletes could topple the reigning Top Special Olympics athlete fundraiser. Leigh Ann Fallis of the Frankfort Civitan team once again claimed that honor, raising $1,149 on her own.
This year's top non-athlete fundraiser was new to the Big Brown Truck Pull. Marcus Miller of Team Republic from Republic Bank claimed that award with a total of $390.
In addition to their division championship, Lexington Fire and Friends also claimed the Best Team T-shirt award this year with their Team Claire shirts. The Spirit Award went to newcomers the Meritor Bulls from Meritor Heavy Vehicle Systems in Frankfort. Among other things, Meritor makes the axles that the UPS trailer sits on. While their product familiarity didn't net them a division win, their enthusiasm was incredible, as the team wore face paint, matching shirts and bandanas and had a cheering section and flag carrier when it was their turn to pull.
As great as the action was, the event highlight may have come at the very beginning. Special Olympics Kentucky athlete Marlana VanHoose of Johnson County performed a stirring rendition of My Old Kentucky Home and the National Anthem with the help of the Dunbar High School choir. Marlana was recently featured in a piece by CBS News.
Our thanks to everyone who made the 2013 Lexington Big Brown Truck Pull such a successful day. Thanks to the support of Texas Roadhouse and new sponsors like Community Trust Bank and Rector Hayden Realtors, the event raised more than $22,000 -- the most it has raised for Special Olympics since its days as The Plane Pull at Blue Grass Airport -- and there are already signs of growth.
The Big Brown Truck Pull is sponsored by UPS, Texas Roadhouse, Ohio Mills, Mix 94.5 Frankfort Civitans, the Kentucky Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics, Community Trust Bank and Rector Hayden Realtors.
2013 Lexington Big Brown Truck Pull Awards
Top Fundraiser - Marcus Miller, Team Republic; $390.00
Top Fundraising Special Olympics Athlete - Leigh Ann Fallis, Civitan Semi-Stars; $1,149.00
Top Fundraising Team - Lexington Hustlers; $2,740
Men's Division Champion - Lexington Fire and Friends; 4.63 seconds
Co-Ed Division Champion - Lexington Community Corrections; 5.00 seconds
Spirit Award Winner - Meritor Bulls
Best T-shirt - Lexington Fire and Friends