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Soap Box Derby schedule

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Race week in Akron begins today and ends Saturday with the running of the FirstEnergy All-American Soap Box Derby. Admission during the week is free at Derby Downs. Admission on race day is $5. For information, visit


9 a.m.: Check-in at Canal Park Stadium in downtown Akron.

Noon: Champ welcoming parade downtown Akron on Main Street from Canal Park Stadium to Lock 3 Park.

12:30 to 4 p.m.: Welcoming celebration for racers and their families, Lock 3.

7:05 p.m.: Racers recognized at Akron Aeros game, Canal Park.


7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.: Adjustments, weigh-ins and test runs, Derby Downs.

6 to 9 p.m.: Lane and heat drawing, Akron Civic Theatre, downtown.


7 a.m. to 3 p.m.: Test runs, wheel alignment and wheel selection, Derby Downs.

9 a.m. to 3 p.m.: Ultimate Speed trial runs, Derby Downs.

4 to 6 p.m.: Parents race, Derby Downs.


4:30 to 7:30 p.m.: Family Night for racers, Topside show and Ultimate Speed display, Derby Downs.


10 a.m.: National Super Kids Classic, Derby Downs.

4 p.m.: Moth Ball Race/Open Hill runs. $25 at Derby Downs.


6:15 a.m.: Check-in begins for racers, Derby Downs.

8 a.m.: Opening ceremonies and parade of champions.

8:20 a.m.: Singing of the national anthem.

8:30 a.m.: Celebrity race.

8:40 a.m.: First heat.

3:30 p.m.: Parade of Top 9 cars from the Rubber Bowl to Topside at Derby Downs.

4 p.m. (estimated): National Super Kids Classic final heats.

5:15 p.m. (estimated): All-American Soap Box Derby final heats.

5:20 p.m.: Presentation of World Champs.

7 p.m.: Awards ceremony at E.J. Thomas Hall.


7 a.m.: Car pickup, Derby Downs.

Source: FirstEnergy All-American Soap Box Derby.

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