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Members of Freehold Township PBA Take On Boeing 737 At Annual Plane Pull

Proceeds of the Plane Pull will benefit Special Olympics New Jersey.

This weekend members of the Freehold Township PBA 209 may face one of their toughest challenges as they participate in the 2012 Plane Pull.

Beginning at 8 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 29 the Freehold Township PBA will work together to pull a Boeing 737 plane weighing over 93,000 lbs. across the tarmac at Newark Liberty International Airport.

The Freehold Township PBA team, led by Detective Todd Smith, has participated in this event for the past six years. In 2011, they raised $1,100 at the Plane Pull. The department also participates in the annual Law Enforcement Torch Run to benefit Special Olympics New Jersey.

At the Plane Pull, each team will compete in two events: Fastest Pull, in which the teams attempt to pull the aircraft 12 feet in the least amount of time; and Lowest Combined Weight Pull, where the team with the lowest team weight that pulls the aircraft 12 feet during a two-minute limit wins. There is also a category for highest fundraiser. The minimum team donation to participate is $1,000.

The event, now in its 16th year, is hosted by United Airlines and Port Authority of NY & NJ as part of Airport Family Day and is one of a series of events throughout the year sponsored by the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics New Jersey.

All proceeds benefit the 22,000 Special Olympics New Jersey athletes that train and compete year-round throughout the state. To learn more about the event or support the Freehold Twp. PBA team, visit the Special Olympics of New Jersey website

Pastor Patricia S. Medley September 26, 2012 at 08:37 PM
Go, Todd! --Pastor Pat Medley and the Hope Christian School wish you well!
Princesslayoff October 01, 2012 at 03:08 PM
Woulda been nice to put the team photo in :(
Alli Mechanic (Editor) October 01, 2012 at 04:34 PM
Hi Princesslayoff, If you have a picture from the event you can upload it to this article by clicking on the upload photos and video button on the current picture or email it to me at allison.mechanic@patch.com and I will gladly update the article with it. Were you at the plane pull this weekend? I'd love to know how the team did!
Princesslayoff October 03, 2012 at 12:13 PM
I was there, have been every year since they started doing it. Haven't gotten the final results yet, but I think we pulled in about 12 seconds and the time to beat was 6.something. Dont know of you can do videos or not, but this is one I made last year: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OyzhKq6xxtk&feature=youtube_gdata_player

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