Pulling for love.

MTA hosts another successful United Way Truck Pull.

MTA's Laura La Palme briefs team captains before Friday's truck pull.

MTA’s Laura La Palme briefs team captains before Friday’s truck pull.

The 6th annual Manitoba Trucking Assocation (MTA) United Way Truck Pull broke new ground on Friday at the Polo Park Shopping Centre parking lot.

“Fourteen teams is the most we’ve ever had in six years, we’re getting bigger and better,” said MTA’s Laura La Palme, who organizes the pull each year.

Laura La Palme, who does marketing and business development at MTA, organizes the annual truck pull with a smile.

Laura La Palme, who does marketing and business development at MTA, organizes the annual truck pull with a smile.

“And if you look at the scores you can see that, even though there can be only one first, second and third place, they’re very tight. Everyone did really well.”

Each 10-member team competed in pulling a bobtail 100 feet.

Cummins Western Canada took top spot. Photo by Derek Albo.

Cummins Western Canada took top spot. Photo by Derek Albo.

Cummins Western Canada clocked a time of 12.42 seconds to take down top honours.

The Champs, by 2/100s of a second!

The Champs, by 2/100s of a second!

To say that Big Freight Systems (12.44 seconds) and Bison Transport (12.45) followed closely behind for second and third place is a bit of an understatement.

Big Freight Systems putting their back into it.

Big Freight Systems putting their back into it.

 

The Big Freight Systems team took second in the pull, but gets first for picture posing.

The Big Freight Systems team took second in the pull, and first place for picture posing.

 

Bison Transport took down third, just 3/100s of a second out of first place.

Bison Transport took down third, just 3/100s of a second out of first place.

About a dozen United Way Sponsored Executives were on hand to cheer and perform some volunteer tasks and try their hand at pulling the truck.

United Way Sponsored Executives tried their hand in the pull.

United Way Sponsored Executives, always pulling for a better Winnipeg!

 

Sponsored Executive Derek Resch, sporting his "I Love Trucking" button.

Sponsored Executive Derek Resch, sporting his “I Love Trucking” button.

Kelvin Shepherd, United Way’s 2015 Campaign Chair, accepted a cheque from MTA executive director Terry Shaw for $7,000.

MTA executive director Terry Shaw presents a giant cheque to United Way 2015 Campaign Chair Kelvin Shepherd.

MTA executive director Terry Shaw, left, presents a giant cheque to United Way 2015 Campaign Chair Kelvin Shepherd after the pull.

 

Laura said the event is open to the general public and non-trucking related organizations.

“I’d love to see this thing grow to 20 teams next year.”

She also gave thanks to all the generous sponsors for the pull, who allow the MTA to pass on 100% of team entry fees to United Way.

Freightliner Manitoba provided truck and driver, Polo Park Shopping Centre provided lot space, Bison Transport brought their United Way trailer backdrop, Guardian Traffic Services provided pylons to create a safe space for the pull, and Smart EMS was onsite as a (thankfully unnecessary) precaution.

A huge thank you to all the teams,  sponsors, and the MTA! See you next year!

Finding balance.

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