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Mission soapbox race rescheduled for August

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The annual Mission Soapbox Derby race was supposed to take place tomorrow, Saturday, June 14, but unfortunately, in true Friday the 13th fashion, the skies over Mission opened with torrential rainfall.

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Inclement weather is forecast for race day, so the organizers have postponed the event to its rain-out date- Saturday, August 23, 2014.

Rain-outs have become the norm as of late, so the organizers would be wise to hold the event in August every year, as the month tends to be much drier than June, a month characterized by unpredictable weather. Should rain occur on race day, there is a secondary rain-out day scheduled for Saturday, September 13, 2014.

On the plus side, the cancellation of tomorrow's race means that there will be another chance for those children who haven't signed up yet to participate. There will be a pre-race registration day held on Sunday, August 10, 2014 at the Mission Leisure Centre.

At that time, entrants with their own cars will be able to get their race machines inspected to ensure that they fit the rules and are safe enough to run down the 600 metre Stave Lake Street course come race day.

For new drivers, or those without their own soapbox cars, the non-profit Mission and District Soapbox Derby Association maintains a small fleet of well-sorted racers that can be used free-of-charge. During pre-race registration children will be fitted to a car based on the individual's weight and size, and the car will be awaiting them on race day.

Racing is open to both boys and girls aged 8-14, and the cost per participant is $30.00. Adults (15+) can also get in on the fun, but it will cost $50 for these brave individuals to relive their childhood heroics behind the wheel of one of the organization's specially built cars.

Trackside events include hot dog and pudding eating contests, martial art demonstrations and a variety of vendors.

If racing isn't your thing but you would like to participate as a volunteer, please contact Volunteer Coordinator Keith Hine at (604) 820-2048, or via email volunteering@missionsoapbox.com.

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