An old tradition approaches this month at Hope College: the annual contest between Freshmen and Sophomores... The Pull! Since 1898, incoming freshmen have battled it out with their sophomore rivals in a tug-of-war. Held across the Black River in Holland, pullers test their grit and intensity as their moralers cheer them on to victory.
It's typical for this contest to last a few HOURS, so this is no walk in the park, folks. In fact, in 1977, The Pull was declared a draw after 3 hours and 51 minutes! On the other hand, the shortest pull came in 1956 at a slightly shorter time period of 2 minutes and 40 seconds. The rope itself is 600 feet long, 2.5 inches in diameter and weighs 1,000 pounds. YOWSA!
36 pullers, 36 moralers, and over a 100 years of tradition! What's not to like?
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