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There is still time to register for Mission Soapbox Derby

Pre-race registration for the upcoming Mission Soapbox Derby happens August 10th, at Mission Leisure Centre.
Pre-race registration for the upcoming Mission Soapbox Derby happens August 10th, at Mission Leisure Centre.
Photo provided by Russell Purcell (autoexposure@live.ca)

The annual Mission Soapbox Derby race was unfortunately rained out in June, but it looks like the weather might be much better for the rain-out date scheduled for Saturday, August 23rd.

A young racer gets fitted to a soapbox racer.
Photo provided by Russell Purcell (autoexposure@live.ca)

Luckily, this postponement means that there is still an opportunity for children who haven't signed up yet to participate to register for the big race. Race pre-registration will take place at the Mission Leisure Centre (7650 Grand Street) on Sunday, August 10th. Officials will be on hand between the hours of 9:00a.m and 2:00p.m.

For those individuals planning to enter their own soap box cars it is important that it be on hand for an inspection by the organization's safety officer. The inspection is important to ensure that all cars have been designed and constructed according to the rules, and that they 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. Please bring the helmet your child intends to wear for the race, as this will also have to be inspected for suitability and proper fit.

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.