Monday, September 15, 2008

Montreal's Plane Pull Challenge Celebrates Its Tenth Anniversary

From Canadian Press:

MONTREAL — There's no trick to pulling a 60-ton airliner. It's all in the legs.

"There's not much you can do for training," said Jackie St-Laurent, one of the organizers of the 10th annual plane pull challenge that took place Sunday.

"It's leaning back and using your legs to pull and with 20 people it's surprising, you wouldn't think you could move such a huge plane but it moves and it's not so hard," she said.

Twenty-five teams from companies and police departments in the Montreal-area competed this year to see who could pull an Airbus airliner 3.7 metres in the fastest time using only brute human strength.

St-Laurent is one of the Montreal police officers who brought the popular event to the city a decade ago to raise funds for Special Olympics Quebec.

The Montreal police department and the local airport authority hosted the friendly competition at the Air Canada base at Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport.

Norman Boivin, vice-president for the airport authority, said his organization was attracted to "the noble cause" of helping integrate people who are handicapped into society.

But he was happy to watch from the sidelines

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