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Special Olympics Virginia                                                                  Dulles Day Plane Pull

September 20, 2011                                                  Media Contacts:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                  Holly Claytor, Special Olympics PR Director
                                                                                     hclaytor@specialolympicsva.org
                                                                                     804-726-3025; 804-370-7916 (cell)

                                                                                     Rob Yingling
                                                                                     Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority
                                                                                     rob.yingling@mwaa.com
                                                                                     703-417-8744

Dulles Day Plane Pull: Bigger and Better Than Ever in 2011
Sept. 24 Event Benefiting Special Olympics Virginia Evolves to New Level

After setting an attendance record of over 20,000 spectators last year, the 2011 Dulles Day Family Festival and Plane Pull is set to enhance the fan experience for the public this year. Dulles was the first airport in the world to host a Plane Pull in 1993. Since then, the annual airfield event has raised over $1.1 million to benefit Special Olympics Virginia and its athletes.

Major enhancements this year will include:

The signature event will pit over 60 teams in a tug of war against a FedEx Express plane which is timed with precision equipment. The trophy for the fastest 12-foot pull is a coveted prize, claimed the last four years by the Chesapeake VA Sheriff’s Office--which will defend its streak in the final pull of the day. Other teams will also be recognized in other categories.
 
Admission and parking are free of charge. Patrons are welcomed to make a donation onsite to Special Olympics Virginia if they wish. The Dulles Day Family Festival and Plane Pull will be held rain or shine on Saturday from 11am until 4pm at Dulles International Airport.

For more information, to register your team, sign up to exhibit or volunteer, or for sponsorship details, visit www.planepull.com or call 703-359-4301.  For media questions, contact Holly Claytor at 804-726-3025 / hclaytor@specialolympicsva.org, or Rob Yingling at 703-417-8744 / rob.yingling@mwaa.com.

Special Olympics is a year-round international program of sports training and athletic competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in the sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.  By using sport as a vehicle for social change, Special Olympics Virginia strives to create opportunities for meaningful interaction and self discovery for everyone, and the organization’s goal is to open the heart and mind of every Virginian to the value and ability of the intellectually disabled.  Special Olympics Virginia Inc. is the state program of Special Olympics Incorporated.