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The latest news and updates from the International Soap Box Derby.

From Local Heroes to World Champs

AKRON TO HOST MORE THAN 300 RACERS FOR THE 86TH ANNUAL FIRSTENERGY SOAP BOX DERBY WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS JULY 20 AKRON, Ohio (June 25, 2024) – More than 300 Soap Box Derby racers from the United States, Canada and Japan will compete for the title of world champion on...

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SOAP BOX DERBY ANNOUNCES YOUTH AWARDS

. AKRON, Ohio (July 8, 2024) – The International Soap Box Derby (ISBD) announces this year's President's Youth Volunteer Service Award recipients. The awards recognize volunteers under the age of 21 who have made a positive impact on...

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HALL OF FAME SELECTS 2024 CLASS

AKRON, Ohio (July 2, 2024) – The International Soap Box Derby Hall of Fame will induct three long-time volunteers into this year's class. They will be honored during the post-race awards ceremony for the 86th FirstEnergy...

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Gravity Racing Challenge: Soap Box Derby for Local Schools

AKRON, Ohio (May 18, 2024) - Rain and cold temperatures didn't stop the more than 70 Gravity Racing Challenge teams that came to Derby Downs in Akron to compete for top prizes among their peers. Four high schools competed Thursday, May 9 and 18 grade schools and youth...

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Soap Box Derby HOF and Youth Award Nominations Due May 17

AKRON, Ohio (April 21, 2024)—International Soap Box Derby (ISBD) seeks nominations for the Class of 2024 inductees into the Hall of Fame and for the Annual President’s Youth Volunteer Service Award. The ISBD will present the awards at the 86th FirstEnergy All-American...

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AKRON SOAP BOX DERBY HOSTS GIRLS STEM DAY APRIL 27

We are full for 2024! Registration is now closed. Thank you to everyone who registered. We look forward to seeing you! AKRON, Ohio (April 9, 2024) – International Soap Box Derby (ISBD) is inviting middle-school-aged girls to participate in the “Girls Racing to STEM”...

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Lifelong Volunteer, Butch Mitchell, has passed away

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of an outstanding member of our Soap Box Derby family. Butch Mitchell, a dedicated and passionate volunteer who poured his heart into the Soap Box Derby, has sadly passed away. He was born on April 14th, 1941. Butch...

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Soap Box Derby Introduces New Wheel for Racing Competition

AKRON, Ohio – Officials of International Soap Box Derby (ISBD) are introducing a new wheel which will be used on competitors’ race cars during the 85th FirstEnergy All-American Soap Box Derby world championships at Derby Downs later this month. The new UniGrip wheel...

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Statehouse Celebration for House Bill 423

COLUMBUS, March 30, 2023 – Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine hosted a ceremony at the Statehouse in Columbus on March 29 to mark the designation of the Soap Box Derby as the state’s “official gravity racing program.” Following review and approval by the House State and Local...

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