Left to right: Brandon Lucas and Derek Spence, senior members of the Cache County Sheriff’s Office during the truck pull for Special Olympics Utah, July 22, 2022.
LOGAN — Several hundred people gathered Friday night for the Cache County Sheriff’s Office trucking. The charity event was held to raise funds for Special Olympics Utah.
Deputy Helene Salanoa was the organizer of the event, which was held north of Utah State Football Stadium. She said that after the success of last year’s sweater, she wanted to redo it and make it even bigger.
“I wanted to focus more on Special Olympics athletes and also community outreach,” Salanoa said.
Each team of 10 had to pull a Logan City fire truck 20 yards. Two long ropes were attached to the front bumper for the teams. Each team had the opportunity to go twice and the team with the fastest times won.
Seven teams participated in the event, including the Sheriff’s Office, Boy Scout Troop One, Mountain Crest High School, Chrysalis and three teams from iFit. Most teams were able to move the truck from start to finish in about 18 seconds.
Sheriff’s Deputies took 1st place, with a total time of 33.1 seconds. The iFit Freemotion employees won 2nd place, with a time of 33.2 seconds. Team iFit Proform took 3rd place, with a time of 33.7 seconds.
Salanoa said the competition this year was very tight. In a change from last year, the winning team received a championship belt.
“So whoever wins, takes the championship belt for a year and then the next time we compete it will be passed on to the new winners. So hopefully the more we do that the more teams come out and I think that competition between people will only increase.
Salanoa said not only was the event meant to raise money for local athletes, but it was also a chance for law enforcement to have fun with local citizens.
The event raised over $1,400. In addition to the donations made by the seven teams, several companies contributed money, food and prizes for the competition.