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

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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 20, 2019. 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.

ll events take place at Derby Downs unless noted

Sunday, July 14

8 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Shell Re-attachment/Trial Runs/Photos, etc. for all cars *SUNDAY ONLY*
6 p.m. - Race Week Overview and Orientation meeting at the Whitey Wahl Starting Line Pavilion

Monday, July 15

11:30 a.m. - Staging for the Parade of Champions, Canal Park
12 p.m. - 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 16

7:30 a.m. - Local Challenge - Local Masters
9 a.m. - Local Challenge - Local Super Stock
10:30 a.m. Local Challenge - Local Stock 
1 p.m. - Legacy Division *NEW in 2019*

Wednesday, July 17

7:30 a.m. - Rally Challenge - Rally Masters
9 a.m. - Rally Challenge - Rally Super Stock
10 a.m. - Rally Challenge - Rally Stock 
2 p.m. - All-Star Race *NEW in 2019*

Thursday, July 18

12 - 1:30 p.m. - Parents Race
2 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 19

8 a.m. – 3 p.m. - National Super Kids Classic

Alignment - Wheel Selection - Weigh-In *ALL CHAMPS at Topside

8 a.m. - Masters (Local and Rally)
9:30 a.m. - Super Stock (Local and Rally)
11:15 a.m. - Stock (Rally)
12 p.m. - Stock (Local)

3 - 4 p.m. - Local and Rally Directors meeting - location TBD
4:15 - 5:30 p.m. - State of the Derby Update - location TBD

7:05 p.m. - Akron RubberDucks Game at Canal Park 

Saturday, July 20

7 - 8 a.m. - Champ and Car Handler Check-In
8:30 a.m. - Opening Ceremonies 
9 a.m. - First Heat of the 82nd FirstEnergy All-American Soap Box Derby 
1 p.m. - VIP Heats, presented by Accenture
Final Heats Immediately following VIP Heats

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7 p.m. - Awards Ceremony, Akron Civic Theatre

VISUALS/INTERVIEWS:
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.

WHERE:
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.  

HOW:
Please fill out the on-line media credential form.

Cory Katzenmeyer
Marketing Manager
330.733.8723 x45
cory@soapboxderby.org

Doreen Thorne
Marketing Director
330.733.8723 x 13
doreen@soapboxderby.org