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.
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 email@example.com.