ROUND ROCK, Texas (KXAN) — When it gets this hot, you’re supposed to take it easy, right? That wasn’t the case this afternoon in Round Rock as the temperature gauge topped 100 degrees at Camp Mabry for the first time in 2017.
Central Texans formed teams of 12 members to compete in three divisions in the annual Round Rock Fire Truck Pull — public safety division, gym division and community division.
The teams put their biceps to use to see which one can pull a 55,000-pound fire truck 75 feet in the fastest time, and it’s all to raise money to benefit more than 4,000 Special Olympics Texas athletes in the Central Texas Area.
Participants say fundraising and fire-truck-pulling have a lot in common.
“I think both are very hard to get started, but once you do, people see it going, it’s a team effort and the momentum really carries you through to the end,” said Round Rock firefighter John Collins.
Organizers told KXAN the event raised more than $10,000 this year.
A team of Round Rock firefighters won the public safety division for the third year in a row. Employees volunteering from Wet Tech’s won the community division. And Defiant Crossfit took home the prize in the gym division.
The event is organized by Law Enforcement Torch Run, which is the largest grass-roots fundraising program for the Special Olympics. In 2016, the group raised $1.4 million to support Special Olympics athletes in Texas.