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AUI Sponsors 2021 Soap Box Derby Virtual 5K Walk & Run


Committed to keeping the long history of youth competition, STEM curriculum, and other community-focused activities of the International Soap Box Derby® #RollingForward, Associated Underwriters Insurance (AUI) is the major sponsor of the 2021 Soap Box Derby Virtual 5K Walk & Run. All proceeds will benefit Soap Box Derby operations and STEM education programs.

“As a ‘kid from Akron’ watching all of the changes from COVID, I see the Soap Box Derby as an organization rooted in history that needs to survive for our next generation,” says Chrissy Myers, AUI CEO. “They spark imagination and innovation in a world currently dominated by screens and provide an opportunity for students and families to connect. This virtual 5K is a way to unite around an organization that’s a symbol of Akron’s history and deeply connected with education and the community.”

Mark Gerberich, president and CEO, Soap Box Derby, sees Akron-based AUI as a great partner to work with on the Virtual 5K Walk & Run. He says, “We are excited to promote ‘racing’ in a different way, keep the Derby relevant, and promote its mission. We are hopeful our racers and race cities will look at the competitive environment to compete and raise money for the Derby.”

Registration for the virtual event is $35, and participants, who will receive a t-shirt and a medal, are invited to walk or run the race from a location of their choosing between April 9 and April 26.