By Paul Kurtz
PHILADELPHIA, Pa (CBS) — Hundreds of US Airways employees put their work aside for a few hours today to take part in the company’s eighth annual jet pull competition.READ MORE: Buddy The Cat Finds 'Furever' Home After Attacked By 2 Dogs In March
Teams of 20 people took turns tugging on a rope attached to the 50-ton aluminum, steel, and titanium Philadelphia Eagles team jet.
For the competitors it was an exhilarating ten second burst of muscle and adrenaline.
“It felt like I just pulled some weight off myself. I feel a thousand pounds lighter,” one of the participants said.READ MORE: 4 Starbucks Locations In Philadelphia Vote In Favor To Form Union
The event is designed in part to build morale, but more importantly, says US Airways VP Bob Ciminelli, the goal is to raise money for charity.
“It’s a competition between our three hubs, Philadelphia, Charlotte and Phoenix. We have over 30 teams here today. It’s $200 a team, and we donate to the United Way of Philadelphia and New Jersey. Our company goal is $1.4 million.”
There’s also the goal of bragging rights. The winning team generally clocks in with a time of a little over four seconds.MORE NEWS: Memorial Day Weekend Travel Expected To Be Busiest Since 2019 As Gas Prices Remain At Record High