Teams in Southern California Pull 124,000-Pound FedEx Jet to Benefit Special Olympics

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Teams competed in Long Beach, California, on Saturday to see who was the best at working together to pull a 124,000-pound FedEx jet.

The Special Olympics organization was celebrating its 50th anniversary with the annual event at the Long Beach Airport.

Teams included members of the Long Beach Fire Department, Los Angeles Police Department Virgin Orbit, and others who sought to out-pull one another while raising money for the worthy cause.

This year, the Special Olympics Southern California raised over $180,000, per the Long Beach Post.

All told, 61 teams of 25 people competed.

The record participation made the day of fun and charity a huge success.

"THANK YOU to all who made today's #SOSCPlanePull a record-setting success," Special Olympics Southern California tweeted. "We raised more than $198,000 for #SOSCAthletes. Our goal was $170,000 - YOU did that!"

For the second year in a row, the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department Custody Division claimed victory after pulling the Boeing 757 an astonishing 12 feet in just 5.32 seconds.

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