Fourth an­nual Grand Falls-Wind­sor fire truck pull chal­lenge has a twist

All pro­ceeds go­ing to char­ity

Advertiser (Grand Falls) - - News - BY JOR­DAN MALONEY

This Au­gust, money will be raised for a good cause in an un­con­ven­tional way: by pulling a fire truck.

“My thought process is, what­ever we raised to­day is more than we had yes­ter­day,” said re­tired fire­fighter Wayde Thomp­son.

The 4th An­nual Grand Fall­sWind­sor Fire Depart­ment Fire Truck Pull Chal­lenge will take place on Au­gust 4, and this year’s event has a twist. In pre­vi­ous years, teams of ten would pull a 35,000-pound fire truck a set dis­tance as fast as pos­si­ble. This year, how­ever, teams will com­pete against each other as they pull trucks side by side. Teams will com­pete in one of three di­vi­sions, male, fe­male, and youth. The male and fe­male di­vi­sions will have a $500 first place prize, while the youth divi­sion will sport a $250 first place re­ward. All pro­ceeds from the event, in­clud­ing hot dog sales the day of, will ben­e­fit Mus­cu­lar Dys­tro­phy Canada.

“Any­body can com­pete into it, any­body,” Thomp­son said. “Any­body that can put a team to­gether of 10.”

Thomp­son wel­comed all groups and or­ga­ni­za­tions to com­pete in the event.

“The more the mer­rier,” he said. “It’s all for the char­ity.”

Thomp­son said ev­ery char­ity event put on by the fire depart­ment re­ceives good com­mu­nity sup­port.

“For the last three years, the truck pull chal­lenge has had 10 teams of adults, and we’ve had five or six of youth,” he said.

Thomp­son said a cash prize was put up for grabs this year to en­tice more peo­ple to take part in the event.

Hil­lary War­ford has taken part in the event for the past three years, and last year com­peted as a mem­ber of GainZ Fit­ness’ fe­male team. She said she would love to par­tic­i­pate this sum­mer as well, though she is away for three months with the Cana­dian Armed Forces.

“My ex­pe­ri­ence was great, I look for­ward to it ev­ery year,” War­ford said in a mes­sage. “In my case it shows that fe­males can do any­thing males can do, some­times bet­ter! We never won, but we had lots of fun and mo­ti­va­tion.”

War­ford said it’s very im­por­tant to sup­port this cause as mus­cu­lar dys­tro­phy leads to mus­cle weak­ness and de­gen­er­a­tion, and as the dis­ease pro­gresses it be­comes much harder to carry out daily func­tions.

“It can even­tu­ally lead to lifethreat­en­ing com­pli­ca­tions in some cases,” she said. “There is cur­rently no cure for mus­cu­lar dys­tro­phy, so the more money raised the more re­search and tests can be done to help find a cure.”

CON­TRIB­UTED

A team hauls a fire truck dur­ing a pre­vi­ous pull chal­lenge in Grand Fall­sWind­sor. This year’s com­pe­ti­tion will take place on Au­gust 4.

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