Special Olympics North Carolina (SONC) is recruiting businesses and corporate teams for participation in the 2004 Plane Pull, presented by American Airlines.

The Plane Pull will take place April 17 at the UPS tarmac at Raleigh/Durham (RDU) International Airport.

A team is made up of five people who compete against other teams to see who can pull a 49,000-pound American Airlines jet 30 feet in the shortest amount of time. Prizes will be awarded to the team with the fastest pull, and to both the team and individual who raise the most donations for SONC.

The team registration fee is a $750 donation to SONC. Businesses or corporations that make a donation of $1,000 or more will be featured on the event T-shirt. Event sponsors to date include WBBB 96 Rock and Time Warner Cable.

SONC’s goal for its fifth annual Plane Pull is to double the number of participating teams compared with 2003. With 50 participating teams, the organization hopes to raise at least $50,000 through the event in support of SONC’s sports training and competition programs for more than 32,000 Special Olympics athletes statewide. With the increase in teams, American Airlines has committed to an additional jet for the event so that teams can pull simultaneously for a dueling planes effect on the tarmac.

Participating teams include Strategic Investment Group, Charleston Management, Staples, Capital Fitness, RPG Benefits Solutions, Pony Pasture Pullers, Ernst and Young, Bellsouth, and two-time defending champion for the event, Food Lion.

SONC: www.sonc.net