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113th Hope Pull Tug-of-War is Saturday, Sept. 25 | Community Spirit

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113th Hope Pull Tug-of-War is Saturday, Sept. 25

HOLLAND - The Hope College Pull tug-of-war, a 113-year tradition, will be held on Saturday, Sept. 25, at 3 p.m. on the banks of the Black River (near U.S. 31 and M-21). The public is invited. Admission is free.

The Pull, first held in 1898, is an annual fall highlight at Hope. In the competition, freshman and sophomore teams, entrenched in shallow pits on opposite sides of the river, attempt to gain the most rope through their strength and stamina.

Each team has 18 students on the rope as "pullers" and another 18 acting as guides and morale boosters, or "moralers." The freshmen are coached by the junior class while the sophomores are instructed by the seniors. The coaching arrangement also leads to a rivalry between the even-year and odd-year classes.

This year's Pull will pit members of the Classes of 2013 (sophomores) and 2014 (freshmen) against one another.  The freshmen (even-year) will be on the north side of the river (nearest Lakewood Boulevard) and the sophomores (odd-year) will be on the south side of the river (nearest M-21/Chicago Drive).