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Join Us For the United Way Corporate Derby Challenge™

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The United Way Corporate Derby Challenge™, presented by Fallsway Equipment Company, is a high-energy event that ignites a team's competitive fire as they collaborate assemble, decorate, and compete in an entertaining race with their own adult Soap Box Derby car. Corporations, small businesses, groups and community organizations can experience a very unique event that is sure to entertain. 


The Corporate Derby Challenge involves teams working together to assemble their own adult Soap Box Derby car chassis from a pre-manufactured kit provided by the Soap Box Derby. Once the car chassis is assembled, teams can tap into their creativity by decorating and constructing their car wherever their imagination takes them as long as it is according to Corporate Derby Challenge guidelines.


An evening unveiling reception will be held on Thursday, July 13 where teams will reveal their Corporate Derby Challenge car.  Attendees will enjoy appetizers, spirits, entertainment, and will be the first to see the champ cars that will be participating in the 2017 FirstEnergy All-American Soap Box Derby World Championship. Casual attire and flat shoes are recommended for this evening event.

Trophies will be awarded to the 1st and 2nd place teams for the best designed/decorated car.

Event Timeline

6:30 p.m.:        Arrive at Derby Downs + Check in at north end of parking lot | 789 Derby Downs Dr. | View Parking Map

6:30 - 8 p.m.:   Dinner and Drinks under main tent at Topside.
                          Entertainment + viewing of the FirstEnergy All-American Soap Box Derby champion cars   

7:00 p.m.:        Welcome & greeting under main tent at Topside
                         Unveiling of Corporate Derby Challenge cars

8:15 p.m.:        Announcement of Best Design/Decorated Corporate Derby Challenge car



On Friday, July 14, the activities will consist of trial runs for the teams, fun runs, tailgating, food trucks, and the Corporate Derby Challenge competition. Invite your friends and family so they can cheer your team to victory and participate in some of the activities. 

Trophies will be awarded to the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place teams in the race. 

Event Timeline

1:00 p.m.:        Team check-in + weigh-in | 789 Derby Downs Dr. | View Parking Map

1 - 2:45 p.m.:   Trial runs + Fun runs 

2:00 p.m.:        Tailgating + Food trucks

2:45 p.m.:        Driver's Meeting in starting line pavilion

3:00 p.m.:         Race Start

***                  Awards presentation will immediately follow the conclusion of the race at the starting line

A great team building opportunity, the Corporate Derby Challenge is guaranteed fun and not to mention, an excellent opportunity to support the Soap Box Derby's mission to build knowledge and character, and to create a meaningful experiences through collaboration and fair and honest competition. 

Proceeds benefit the Soap Box Derby's Bill Speeg Memorial scholarship fund and support at-risk youth in Summit County.

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New in 2017!
Akron Corporate Challenge Partnership

The Soap Box Derby is partnering with the Akron Corporate Challenge to host a Cornhole Tournament at Derby Downs during the race. If your company would like to participate in the cornhole tournament or the whole Challenge series, visit the Akron Corporate Challenge website to learn more and sign up!

About the Akron Corporate Challenge

The Akron Corporate Challenge is a corporate athletic competition promoting employee wellness, company camaraderie, and business networking while helping local charities. Their events foster a team-building atmosphere that is sure to bring employees closer together, while improving their overall well-being. This is a great way to not only discover and network with local companies, but to also to learn WHO they are.

Compete for personalized prizes and awards, and designate your team charity to compete for a donation to be made on your behalf! It's time to Get Outta the Office and Into the Games, and start making memories the office will be sure to appreciate.


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Participation Levels

There are three participation levels that you can select:  gold, silver and bronze.  Each level provides an adult Soap Box Derby car kit, tickets to the Unveiling Party, tickets to the FirstEnergy All-American Soap Box Derby and a team award and gift plus so much more.

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Car Plans And Rules

Before you build the coolest looking Soap Box Derby car you'll want to read the plans and rules. Downloadble PDF versions are available. 

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Ready To Race?

You can register your team today. Registration closes on Friday, June 9, 2017.

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