78th All-American Soap Box Derby underway

78th All-American Soap Box Derby underway

AKRON, OH (WOIO) - It's the most wonderful time of the year for kids lined up to watch a parade on Main Street in Akron.

The parade kicks off a week-long celebration leading up to the 78th All-American Soap Box Derby.

Racers have come from all over the globe to get to the finish line.

A team all the way from Japan told 19 Action News reporter Lydia Esparra that they took a 12-hour flight to get here.

Aaron Kinge from New Zealand loves coming to America.

This is his second trip.

"Everyone likes us because of our accents so it is quite cool," Kinge said.

Joe Mazur is president and CEO of the Soap Box Derby. He says he is glad the weather is finally cooperating.

"On Saturday of race week, the world championship, we will race rain or shine," said Mazur.

400 racers will hit the track on July 25.

Ayana VanDerMaek is from New York and says this is her first big race.

"I think I am going to win on Saturday. You're supposed to say 'yes I am going to win on Saturday." 


Sunday, July 19, 2015

Champs' Registration                 Derby Downs                           8 a.m. – 6 p.m.                                                                                         

Shell Re-Attachment,                                                            

Trial Runs, Photo Shoot, Etc.     

First-timers' Orientation             Derby Downs                           6 p.m.

Monday, July 20, 2015

Champs' Registration                 Derby Downs                           8 – 10 a.m. & 3 – 5 p.m.                                      

Shell Re-Attachment,                                                            

Trial Runs, Photo Shoot, Etc.     

 Parent/Driver Meeting               Canal Park                              10:30 – 11:30 a.m. 

 Champions' Official                   S. Main St. – Downtown            Noon – 12:30 p.m.

Welcoming Parade                    (Canal Park to Lock 3)

 Champions' welcome                 Lock 3                                    12:30 – 3:30 p.m.

 Rally Meeting                           Lock 3                                    3:30 – 4:30 p.m.

 Rock the Rec/                          UA Student Wellness                 6 – 9 p.m.     

 Badge trading                          and Recreation Center

 Tuesday, July 21

DQ Rally Challenge                   Derby Downs/Track                 

Rally Masters Champs                                                       8 a.m.
Rally Stock Champs                                                          Noon
Rally Super Stock Champs                                                 2 p.m.

 SUBWAY® Challenge               
     Local Masters Champs                                                       10 a.m.

Wednesday, July 22

SUBWAY® Challenge                Derby Downs/Track
     Local Super Stock                                                            8 a.m.
     Local Stock                                                                     11 a.m.        

Thursday, July 23

Alignment/Wheel Selection/        Derby Downs/Topside                8 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Weigh In

Ultimate Speed Xootr                Derby Downs/Track                  8 a.m.
Wheel Race                            

Parents' Race                           Derby Downs/Track                  1:30 – 3 p.m.

Champs' Group Photo                Derby Downs/Grandstands         3:15 p..m

 DQ Rally Challenge Finals           Derby Downs/Track                  4 – 5 p.m.
SUBWAY® Challenge Finals       
International Challenge Finals

 Topside Show                          Derby Downs/Topside                5 – 9 p.m.

 Open Track (public runs)           Derby Downs/Starting Line         5 – 7 p.m.

 Build and Battle Competition       Derby Downs/Topside/Track       6 – 9 p.m.

Friday, July 24

2015 Super Kids Classic             Derby Downs/Track                  8 a.m. – 3 p.m.

First Heat                        10 a.m.

Final Heat                       3 p.m. (Estimate)

 Saturday, July 25

Race Day Champions Arrival      Derby Downs/Starting Line         7 – 7:45 a.m.

                                             Whitey Hall Pavilion

Local Masters                  7 a.m.

Local Super Stock            7:15 a.m.

Local Stock                     7:30 a.m.

Rally Champs                  7:45 a.m.

FEAASBD Opening Ceremonies/  Derby Downs/Track                  8:30 a.m.

Parade of Champions

First Heat of the                       Derby Downs/Track                  9 a.m.

78th FirstEnergy All-American Soap Box Derby

Mayor's Cup Championship         Derby Downs/Track                  2 p.m. (approximately)

Final Heat                                Derby Downs/Finish Line            3 p.m. (Estimate)

Awards Ceremony                    Akron Civic Theatre                  7 p.m.

                                             182 S. Main Street

Sunday, July 26 

Pictures on display                    Derby Downs/Topside                7 a.m. - Noon

Racer crating/pickup               Derby Downs/Topside              All Day

Events are scheduled throughout the week. CLICK HERE for more.

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