People Will Pull Duck Boats—Tug-of-War Style—To Raise Money for Special Olympics

Registration is open for the annual Boston Truck Pull, which includes hauling the iconic water vessels across a parking lot.

Photo via Humboldt Moving/

Photo via Humboldt Storage & Moving/

Usually the city’s Duck Boats are reserved for tourist trips and special celebrations—like when sports teams win championships. But since they won’t be driving a victory route anytime soon, instead, they’re being utilized for a good cause.

For the second time ever, participants of the Humboldt Boston Truck Pull will team up with co-workers to put their strength to the test and try to move the vessels by hand, tugging on a long rope, and dragging the boats more than 25 feet.

Registration for the second annual Truck Pull, hosted by Humboldt, the city’s oldest moving company, recently opened for the event, which will be held in September at Boston College’s main campus.

Money raised by teams that sign up for the truck pull will benefit Special Olympics Massachusetts, which trains around 12,000 local athletes who compete year-round.

As part of the registration process, each team can have a maximum of 10 people and are required to raise a minimum of $1,000 to participate. Registration is open, but limited to the first 30 teams.

Other than pulling the Duck Boats along the pavement, teams will also be tasked with tugging moving trucks in order to clinch a title in the competition. Teams of 10 will need to figure out how to move three vehicles, including a full-sized moving van, box truck, and of course, the Duck Boats. “The teams will need to pull all three trucks as fast as they can for 25 feet and the cumulative total with the lowest combined time will win the event,” according to the truck pull details.

Last year, teams of police officers, fitness gurus, and corporate-types participated and raised more than $13,000 for the health and sports programs of Special Olympics Massachusetts.

Below is a video of last year’s truck pull at Boston College: