2021 Dulles Plane Pull FAQ's

We know you have questions. We have answers.

Will the Dulles Day Festival and Plane Pull® occur in 2021?

Yes! While we are excited to be back on the ropes in person this year for the Plane Pull®, we will be unable to host the Dulles Day Festival in 2021. We look forward to being back, better than ever for our 30th anniversary event in 2022.

I’ve been an event volunteer/attendee in the past. How can I help this year?

Thank you for your past support! The event this year will be closed to the public and will only be able to welcome a very small number of key volunteers. Our events are opportunities for people to come together for a wonderful cause, but unfortunately, that joining together in the big way that we are accustomed to can still pose a potential risk to our athletes and communities. We look forward to welcoming you back in your traditional role in 2022. In 2021, the best way to help the athletes of Special Olympics Virginia during this time is to consider forming a Plane Pull® team or making a donation to the event HERE.

How do I sponsor the 2021 Dulles Plane Pull®?

Thank you for your interest! We could not host such a successful event each year without our generous corporate partners. The Plane Pull is a great event to give your organization great exposure while also supporting PLANE amazing community organization. Please contact to Ellen Head to schedule a meeting to create a customized event partnership to support the 22,000 athletes of Special Olympics Virginia

Where do volunteers and teams park enter the event?

The 2021 event will continue to occur in the cargo area of Dulles International Airport. Parking will be free and adjacent to the event. Please stay tuned for updated parking information for teams!

Volunteers will receive specific parking information from a Plane Pull representative. If you do not receive this information by the week of the event, please contact Nicole Kratzer.

What time do gates open and close?

All teams will be able to select their pull time once they raise the minimum donation of $2,500 and their event arrival time will be based on that. The event is closed to the public.

Please note: no backpacks, coolers, firearms, knives, weapons, or pets (unless service animals) are allowed. Baby bags and bags for medical purposes are allowed but must be hand searched. Firearms and other weapons are only to be in possession by on duty, uniformed members of law enforcement. All event attendees must pass through security prior to admission, so please prepare for a potential delay at entry.

What if it rains?

This event is rain or shine. Any schedule updates will be posted to the homepage.

What COVID-19 restrictions will be in place?

Final COVID-19 related plans will be finalized closer to the event to make sure they are as up to date with local guidelines as possible. Teams should be prepared to answer routine health screening questions and wear masks if they are NOT vaccinated. Team members are encouraged to bring their own work/gardening gloves for the pull. All teams will be kept as a group in a private tent while waiting to pull in order to keep physically distant.

How can I see the Plane Pull team schedule?

As the event nears, team captains are asked to select their competition time in the order each team met the $2,500 donation minimum. Scheduled pull times are approximate. If you are uncertain when your team us pulling, please reach out to your team captain to confirm when they’ll be competing.

How many teams can participate in Plane Pull?

In 2019, over 80 teams participated on two planes in Plane Pull. This year we hope to welcome 60 teams on one plane to help us reach our goal of $200,000!

Who can participate in the competition?

The Plane Pull® is open to anyone who registers, so grab your friends, coworkers, family or anyone who wants to join in this meaningful fun. Corporate teams and organizations are encouraged to join, and sponsorship opportunities are available by contacting Ellen Head.

What is the minimum team donation?

Teams must raise a minimum of $2,500 to participate in Plane Pull®, which is only $80/person! All individuals that raise $100 by Monday, September 13 will receive the exclusive Plane Pull® medal. Teams that raise $3,000 by August will receive custom backs on their 25 team t-shirts. So set your goal SKY high to make a big impact on the lives of the 22,000 Special Olympics Virginia athletes.

My team has cash and checks. Where do they go?

All "offline" funds can be sent to the Special Olympics Virginia Fairfax Office.

Special Olympics Virginia
Attn: Plane Pull
11350 Random Hills Rd
Fairfax, VA 22032

In order for them to count towards your event day total, they must be received in the office by September 13. Funds may also be turned at team check in on event day.
*Please note that if your team plans to do so, please arrive early so it does cause you to miss your pull time.

What if my team doesn’t raise the full $2,500?

If your Plane Pull® team doesn’t raise the full $2,500, you can charge the remaining balance to a team member’s credit card. Special Olympics will charge your card 30 days after the event to give your team additional time to fundraise the remaining balance if you choose so nothing may need to be charged to the card!

My team raised money but we’ve decided not to compete.

If your team raises the partial or full donation amount but does not compete, your current donation amount on the day of the event will still be collected to support Special Olympics Virginia’s athletes. Thank you!

To all of our Plane Pull Pals; including any interested Vendors/Exhibitors, Spectators & More!

Thank you for your interest in attending this important annual fundraiser! We are excited to welcome you back to the 30th anniversary event in 2022. The best way to support the event and the athletes of Special Olympics Virginia is to consider forming a team or make a donation to the event HERE.

Where are some places that my donation will go?

Did you know that Special Olympics Virginia has been providing health services for our athletes though the Healthy Athlete initiative for many years? This program has never been more essential than it is now as it helps our athlete’s access quality health care and promote the importance of equitable health services for all. Currently, Special Olympics Virginia is committed to finding innovative ways to support our athletes even when we can’t be with all them physically in person yet. Through virtual fitness, online programming and social media, we promise to keep doing our job and finding ways for our athletes and supporters to get involved. In addition, we are currently, slowly, working our way back to the playing field. Your donation will help keep this essential program going during this time in addition to helping to welcoming athletes back on to the playing field.