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A Sad Departure

It is with great sorrow that we inform you of the passing of long time Sertoma Mile High Soap Box Derby supporter and Super Kids Program Coordinator, Ann Cahill.  Ann fought a courageous fight against cancer for the last two plus years.     


She will be greatly missed not only for her unconditional contributions but remembered for all of the smiles she brought to the organization and events from her warm and hospitable personality.  Anne got involved with the Sertoma Mile High Soap Box Derby from its inception through her family’s involvement of the sport.  She was dedicated to moving the program forward in Denver and offered all of the spare time she could, long after her family was done racing.  Her friendship and presence will be missed.


About Us

2020 marked the 14th year of the Sertoma Mile High Soap Box Derby (SMHSBD) in Denver! The Coronavirus presented this year and 2021 with new considerations. The SMHSBD rally races and the local championship will be cancelled for this year.

Regarding the world championship, the following is a word from Aakron:

“With the ever-changing developments with COVID-19, it is difficult to make final decisions concerning our FirstEnergy All-American Soap Box Derby World Championship. Working with input from regional directors, the rally commission and the racing commission, we are discussing many plans for possible qualifying, and formats for the All-American. These include determining the number of racers, safely social distancing, and how to position races throughout the week. The safety of our racers, race families, volunteers and constituents continue to be our number one concern. We will make a final decision on running the race in July or postponing the event by June.”

HOWEVER, there are still hopes for a Race To Read program based on those picked up from the Night of Fire and Thunder Bandimere Speedway event.

RACE TO READ Program with Bandimere Speedway

This exciting new endeavor for the Sertoma Mile High Soap Box Derby was started last year with a nice bit of success.  New strategies were tried toward furthering our growth rather than holding spring rallies. This year we hoped to continue this program.

We got involved with Bandimere’s Race to Read six-week reading program, spreading word and invitations to our racing program to potential new families. The Race to Read program encourages literacy by providing an exciting race-themed incentive for elementary-age students of 70 local schools. Flyers describing the program and inviting families to come try out soap box derby were handed out at the Bandimere Speedway event which brought us new racers. 

We hope to spark more interests and resulting racers this year. We hope to provide opportunities for families to learn more about soap box derby while providing safe outdoor activities such as barbeques, experiences at gravity racing, and games and clinics revolved around soap box derby racing.

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Mission Statement

The Soap Box Derby® is an international nonprofit organization whose mission is to build knowledge and character, and to create meaningful experiences through collaboration and fair and honest competition.

Core Vaules and Drivers

• Youth Education and Leadership Development
• Family Engagement and Enrichment
• Honesty, Integrity and Perseverance
• Innovation and Entrepreneurship
• Teamwork and Collaboration
• Mentoring
• Volunteerism
• Commitment to Community

The Derby is the official sanctioning body of Soap Box Derby racing and has exclusive licensing partnerships with more than 100 racing districts throughout world. These racing districts conduct sanctioned Soap Box Derby races throughout the year and qualify champs for the annual FirstEnergy All-American Soap Box Derby® World Championship race at the world famous Derby Downs Track in Akron, Ohio. 

The Derby's Education Program is a fast-growing component of the organization and includes a STEM-Based Curriculum, the Gravity Racing Challenge® STEM Team Competition and a Mini Soap Box Derby program. 

The Derby also operates the world famous Derby Downs Track in Akron, Ohio where events are held throughout the racing season.

The Board of Directors oversees the operation of the Derby, and the day-to-day activities are handled by the Headquarters staff in Akron.