MTA hosts another successful United Way 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.
“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 clocked a time of 12.42 seconds to take down top honours.
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.
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.
Kelvin Shepherd, United Way’s 2015 Campaign Chair, accepted a cheque from MTA executive director Terry Shaw for $7,000.
— Terry Shaw (@TerrySShaw) September 11, 2015
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!