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posted: 5/1/2013 12:35 PM

Get ready for Geneva's first All-American Soap Box Derby Race

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  • Geneva's first championship qualifying Soap Box Derby race will be held June 22, during Swedish Days. It will include a Super Kids race for special needs children.

      Geneva's first championship qualifying Soap Box Derby race will be held June 22, during Swedish Days. It will include a Super Kids race for special needs children.
    Courtesy of Kiwanis Club of Geneva

 
Submitted by Stan Iglehart

The Geneva Kiwanis Club will hold the first Geneva all-American Soap Box Derby Race during the city's Swedish Days Festival.

The race is a qualifying event for the national event. The Soap Box Derby is a youth racing program which has run nationally since 1934. World Championship finals are held each July at Derby Downs in Akron, Ohio.

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Special needs kids will have their own chance to compete in the Super Kids division. Geneva Mayor Kevin Burns will take the first run at 9 a.m. June 22 in a race that will include four special needs kids from the Tri-Cities area.

The Super Kids cars are able to accommodate two drivers, a special needs racer and an official soap box derby driver. Anyone with a special-needs child interested in racing can contact race director Stan Iglehart at (630) 841-8832. Visit the Super Kids website at nationalsuperkids.org/.

Clinic and information meetings for all racers are will be held at the Delnor Health and Wellness Center, 296 Randall Road. Call Iglehart to reserve a spot.

• Thursday, May 2: 7-9 p.m., information meeting

• Thursday, May 16: 7-9 p.m., construction clinic

• Wednesday, June 5: 7-9 p.m., construction clinic

The information meeting will inform families about the derby program, specifics on the Geneva race, sponsorship opportunities and where to purchase a car kit.

Construction clinics will used to assist racers in the construction of their car.

Registration forms are now available on the website, genevasoapboxderby.org/.

For information, call Iglehart or email him at stanleyi@sbcglobal.net.

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