2023 Truck Pull
What is Truck Pull?
Truck Pull is an annual fundraiser event hosted by HealthQuest of Hunterdon to benefit the Flemington-Raritan First Aid & Rescue Squad. Teams of up to 12 people compete to see who can pull Heavy Rescue 495 about 50 yards across pavement the fastest. Heavy Rescue 495 is a 2010 Pierce Velocity weighing in at 68,000 pounds making this challenging and rewarding.
When Will Truck Pull take place?
The Truck Pull will be on Saturday, November 11, 2023, starting at 9:00 AM (Rain Date November 18th)
9:00 AM - Check-In Opens
9:30 AM - Captain’s Meeting (mandatory for all team captains)
9:45 AM - All participants welcome meeting & rules review (mandatory for all competitors)
10:00 AM - First Pull Begins
TBD - Kids' Pull – Immediately following the main event
Teams pull at ~5 minute intervals. The event moves FAST so be ready!
We will do our best to move forward as scheduled in light rain or shine. In the event significant inclement weather or disruptive rain, the Squad will post rain delay or reschedule information on our Facebook page. The event Organizers reserve the right to adjust times or dates for rain with or without prior notice. For 2023, we have designated November 18th as a rain date.
Where is Truck Pull?
Truck Pull will be at HealthQuest of Hunterdon, 310 Route 31 North, Flemington, NJ 08822. The event will be held on the North side of the building in the parking lot. Look for the big orange trucks—you won’t miss us!
What do I wear on the day of the event?
Dress in layers. Wear shoes that have a lot of GRIP and won’t fall off! Chalk is provided by HealthQuest, but gloves are a GREAT idea.
Is Registration Open?
Yes! Click Here to register. All competitors must order a ticket AND pay at check in prior to pulling.
What forms of payment are accepted?
New for 2023, we will collect ALL payments on the day of the event. There will be no option for pre-pay or to be billed following the event. The payment methods below are accepted
Major Credit Cards (processed via PayPal)
Paypal/Credit cards must be processed on your own mobile device. QR codes to scan will be available.
Do I have to purchase tickets to be a spectator?
Nope! All spectators are welcome to cheer on the teams without a ticket.
Are there multiple divisions or categories of competitors?
We offer different division options for you to compete in–
Classic Division/Mixed: Up to 12 persons per team (mixed gender, open to all competitors)
Women’s Division: Up to 12 persons per team (women only)
Elite Division: Up to 6 persons per team (mixed gender, open to all competitors)
Legendary Division: By invitation only. Team of 2 (mixed gender)
What else is new for 2023?
Truck Pull 2023 will be bigger and better than any previous year – expect to find music, food/beverage vendors, and more. Photo opportunities will be available for kids of all ages.
Do I have to be a HealthQuest member to attend or participate?
Nope! The event is open to the public. Spectators and participants are welcome and encouraged.
Is the Kids' Pull returning for 2023?
A smaller, non-competitive “Kids’ Truck Pull” is also available. Kids ages 5-12 looking to get in on the excitement of the day will work together as one large team to pull a smaller Squad vehicle.
Kids may be broken up into several smaller groups depending on enrollment.
Kids' Pull starts immediately following the last team of the main truck pull. All participants must be present at this time. Kids' Pull will start promptly and cannot wait for any participants who are not present. We are not able to provide refunds or otherwise accommodate any participant who is not present.
We estimate, but cannot guarantee, a start between 11:00 AM and 11:30 AM.
Parent or Guardian must be present, and waivers must be completed for each participant.
What else is going on at Truck Pull?
In addition to the competition, several Squad vehicles will be on hand for interactive display. In previous years, this has included BLS ambulances, the Squad’s Technical Rescue vehicle (“The Mack”), the Squad’s converted military Special Services/Water Rescue Vehicle (“The Storm Truck”), and of course, Heavy Rescue 495. People of all ages are welcome to look at, touch, and learn about our specialized life-saving equipment and meet members of our team. There will be plenty to see and many great photo opportunities for the whole family.
Previous years have seen many local EMS/Rescue Squads, Police Departments, and Fire Departments enter their own teams into the competition. Expect to see fire trucks, police cars, rescue vehicles, MICUs, and more. You never know what kind of vehicle will drop in. In previous years we have welcomed a Blackhawk helicopter from the United States Army.
The HealthQuest team will be on hand to answer any questions about their programs and services. This is a great opportunity to speak to fitness and wellness professionals about your own goals and what HealthQuest has to offer to help you reach them.
I’m ready to pull, but I’m all by myself. Can I sign up as an individual?
Yes! If you sign up as an individual, you’ll be placed on a team with open spaces. Most of these teams are Captained by one of HealthQuest’s personal trainers. This is a great way to do something fun and meet new people. Order an "unattached" ticket to sign up as an individual. Click here to register.
I’d like to sign up with a friend or two, but we don’t have enough in our group to form a full team. Can we all pull together?
How much does it cost?
A per-participant donation will be collected for each registration. 100% of the proceeds benefit the Flemington-Raritan First Aid & Rescue Squad. The 2023 rates are:
Classic Division and Women's Division: $20 per person
Elite Division (6 person teams): $30 per person
Legendary Division (2 person teams): $50 per person
Kids' Pull (ages 5 - 12): $10 per person
In honor of Veterans Day, Active Military and Veterans are invited to participate free of charge. We thank you for your service to our nation.
Do I need to pre-register?
Walk-ins are welcome, but we STRONGLY appreciate pre-registering by ordering a ticket online as it will assist in planning.
Can I be part of more than one team?
Yes! Plan to join as many teams/groups as you’d like. Many participants are asked to jump in and help teams a person or two short to complete their bracket. The record for most pulls in a day was three… set by a Squad EMT!
Only ONE ticket is required to participate. If you pull on a second team, you do not need to order an additional ticket.
Can under-18s participate in the main truck pull?
Yes! Under-18s may take place in the main truck pull. A parent or legal guardian must be present, and waivers must be signed by the parent or legal guardian.
GROUPS / EMERGENCY SERVICES ORGANIZATIONS
I have a group of friends/coworkers/gym buddies/team members and I’d like to start my own team! What do I need to do? (non-emergency services teams)
Sounds great to us! Contact HealthQuest Director of Fitness & Wellness Chelsea Salisbury at firstname.lastname@example.org with your group/team name and competition division prior to registering using the link above.
Don’t worry if your team is shy a head or two – many groups have successfully recruited a “pickup” or two to fill their bracket on the day of the event. Anyone with a ticket is able to pull a second time for your team, and anyone without a ticket can purchase one on the day of the event. Special rates are available for teams who bulk order a full team (12 tickets) as a single transaction.
Event organizers will combine groups that are too small to compete on their own, so do not worry if you do not have a full team.
My emergency services organization is putting together a team! How do we sign up?
Emergency Services Personnel (EMS, Rescue, Police, Fire, Hospital Emergency Department, 911 Dispatch Center, etc) are invited to form teams representing their agencies. Participants can register by ordering a ticket for the appropriate team at the link here. Agencies that have competed in 2021 and 2022 have been added to the list of available teams. Click here to register.
Agencies new to truck pull who would like to form a team, please contact EMT Andrew Glowacki at email@example.com or EMT Kate Moran at firstname.lastname@example.org for info or to be added to the list of teams.
Don't worry if you do not have a full bracket. The organizers will combine Emergency Services teams as appropriate to ensure everyone gets a chance to participate. Anyone with a ticket is able to pull a second time for your team, and many groups have successfully recruited a “pickup” or two to fill their bracket on the day of the event.
Previous years have seen teams represent the Raritan Township Police Department, Raritan Township Fire Company, Whitehouse Rescue Squad, Hunterdon Medical Center, Flemington Fire Department, and of course, Flemington-Raritan First Aid & Rescue Squad.
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