Tug-of-war with a 737 to help send a foster kid on the trip of a lifetime

Teams attempt to pull a jet down the runway with nothing more than muscle and rope

Teams attempt to pull a jet down the runway with nothing more than muscle and rope

Ready to pull your weight?

At the LAX Plane Pull on Saturday you better be.

Teams of 20 will attempt to tow a 110,000-pound Boeing 737 a distance of 12 feet as quickly as possible.

Up to 1,000 people are expected to participate in this show of speed and force, but this isn’t just a display of brute strength. The Plane Pull benefits United Airlines’ LAX Fantasy Flight, which flies more than  150 children in the L.A. County foster care system on a holiday-themed journey to the “North Pole,” for a day of fun, interactive activities and entertainment in a hub city. Mr. and Mrs. Claus even make an appearance.

“Each child leaves with a big smile, a goodie bag filled with toys and memories they will cherish for a lifetime,” says Fantasy Flight Director of Special Events Samuel McDonnell.

For the first time at LAX, The Plane Pull is not only a chance for non-airport employees to take to the airport grounds for a friendly competition between man and machine, but an opportunity to spread a little holiday cheer, too.

— Christina Campodonico

Gates open for the Plane Pull at 9 a.m. at the United Airlines West Hangar, 7300 World Way West, Westchester. To register a team, visit laxplanepull.com. RSVP required.