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More than 350 racers heading to Akron for the FirstEnergy All-American Soap Box Derby World Championship Race



More than 350 Soap Box Derby® Champions and their families will be in Akron, Ohio, for a week of activities leading up to the 80th FirstEnergy All-American Soap Box Derby at Derby Downs on Saturday, July 21, 2018. Boys and girls between the ages of 7 and 20 have earned the trip to Akron by winning local Soap Box Derby competitions in their gravity-powered race cars. They will travel from cities throughout the United States, as well as from Canada, New Zealand and Japan.

All events take place at Derby Downs unless noted

Sunday, July 15
8 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Shell Re-attachment/Optional Trial Runs/Photos, Etc. for all cars
6 p.m. - Orientation meeting for first-time parents at the Whitey Wahl Starting Line Pavilion

Monday, July 16
8 - 11 a.m. - Shell Reattachment/Optional Trial Runs/Photos, Etc. for all cars
10 - 11 a.m. - Rally Meeting at Lock 3
11:30 a.m. - Staging for the Parade of Champions, Canal Park
Noon - Parade of Champions on Main Street from Canal Park to Lock 3
12:30 – 3:30 p.m. - Opening Ceremony, Lock 3
6 - 9 p.m. - Champions only Rock the Rec and Badge Trading at The University of Akron Health & Wellness Center

Tuesday, July 17
7:30 a.m. - DQ Rally Challenge - Rally Masters
9 a.m. - DQ Rally Challenge - Rally Super Stock
10 a.m. DQ Rally Challenge - Rally Stock 
11 a.m. - International Races

Wednesday, July 18
7:30 a.m. - Eaton Local Challenge - Local Masters
9 a.m. - Eaton Local Challenge - Local Super Stock
10:30 a.m. - Eaton Local Challenge - Local Stock 

Thursday, July 19
1 - 2:30 p.m. - Parents Race
2:30 p.m. - Group Photo 
3 - 5 p.m. - Open Hill, Whitey Wahl Pavilion Starting Line
3 - 7 p.m. - Topside Show open house
5 - 8 p.m. - Build and Battle Competition

Friday, July 20
8 a.m. – 3 p.m. - National Super Kids Classic, Derby Downs

Alignment/Wheel Selection/Weigh-In For ALL RACERS at Topside
8 a.m. - Masters (Local and Rally)
9:30 a.m. - Super Stock (Local and Rally)
11:15 a.m. - Stock (Rally)
Noon - Stock (Local)

Saturday, July 21
8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. - FirstEnergy All-American Soap Box Derby
12-12:30 p.m. - Michael Weber Concert
12:30 p.m. Giveaways
Approx. 1 p.m. - Mayor’s Cup Race, presented by Accenture
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3 - 3:30 p.m. - Final Giveaways & Final Heats
7 p.m. - Awards Ceremony, Akron Civic Theatre

Each day’s activities will provide a range of opportunities to photograph or videotape boys and girls as they arrive in Akron, work on their race cars and experience the excitement of competing on the world-famous Derby Downs track. Interviews can be arranged with participants, their families and with officials of the FirstEnergy All-American Soap Box Derby organization.

Derby Downs is at 789 Derby Downs Drive, Akron, Ohio, 44306 — and is located along George Washington Boulevard, just north of Rt. 224 in the southeast area of Akron. It is adjacent to Akron Fulton Airport and the Rubber Bowl.  

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Doreen Thorne
Soap Box Derby
Marketing Director
330.733.8723, extension 13