South Bend, Ind. More than 1,000 people came out Saturday to the fifth annual Our Towne Truck Pull Saturday, pulling the 52-foot tractor trailers to support South Bend schools. It's estimated the truck pull raised $55,000.
There were 38 teams of 20 members each who raced against the clock to pull the trucks 12 feet across the pavement.
Teams were made up of 34 corporate sponsors along with small business, women’s, men’s co-ed, senior’s and student teams.
Susan Warner, Executive Director of The South Bend Education Foundation, said all the donations went to support South Bend schools.
They're all pulling for reading and math and so that we can continue to raise the scores,” Warner said. “Since 2008, the ISTEP has gone up 28 percent. We know that the community support has been a huge part of making that happen."
South Bend Education Foundation President Sy Barker said that the group had raised more than $40,000 by early morning, with the hopes of increasing those donations.
“We raise money for reading programs and other programs for the school system,” Barker said. “This is our biggest, most exciting fundraiser.”
The key to truck-pull success, according to Barker: “big strong pullers.”
“We've actually had teams made up of all women so as long as they pull as a team they can accomplish the mission of moving that big truck,” he said.
South Bend is home to the only truck pull in the United States.
Fastest Pull Men's Division: Laidig/Pat Warner
Fastest Pull Women's Division: Navarre IC/Gibson
Fastest Primary Center: Hay P.C./Communications Co. of South Bend
Fastest Intermediate Center: LaSalle IC/Jones Obenchain
Fastest High School: Riley HS/Teacher's Credit Union
Fastest Senior Team: Madfats/Fred Dean
Best Team Spirit Primary Center: Harrison PC/100 Black Men
Best Team Spirit Intermediate Center: Dickinson IC/General Sheet Metal-School
Best Team Spirit High School: Adams HS/Friends of Adams in Memory of Jim and Marj Wilson
Best Team Spirit Community: Lincoln PC/Better World Books-School