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University of Dubuque students pull together for Special Olympics Iowa

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Four participants pull the Dubuque Regional Airport's fire truck. The official competition, however, had teams of eight people. Four participants pull the Dubuque Regional Airport's fire truck. The official competition, however, had teams of eight people.
DUBUQUE (KWWL) -

A fundraiser Sunday for Special Olympics Iowa had dozens of people pulling together - literally.

The University of Dubuque's Women in Aviation chapter held a fire truck and airplane pull at the Dubuque Regional Airport. All the proceeds from the event are going to Special Olympics Iowa.

Teams of eight got a shot at pulling the airport's fire truck, and individuals tried pulling a small airplane. Those with the best time at the end of the event got a cash prize. The team with the best time won $200 and the individual won $50.

The fire truck, fully loaded with water and fuel, weighs 53,000 pounds. According to the president of the UD Women in Aviation chapter, Tori Ballweg, pulling the vehicle is no easy task.

"You have to use all your lower body muscle. By the end of it, you're already starting to cramp up and feeling every bit of it and just trying to pull as hard as you can as best you can," she said.

The UD chapter of Women in Aviation advertised the event around campus.

"We put up signs, told all our friends, like, 'You really, you want to try this! It's a huge truck! You want to try and pull this, it's crazy!' And they definitely found that out," Ballweg said.

Organizers said they expect the pull to bring in between $300 and $500 for Special Olympics Iowa and they hope to make this an annual event.

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