Some 500 area seniors took a spin on Derby Downs on Thursday in an event that has become an annual tradition.

Since 2011, the All-American Soap Box Derby has encouraged older residents to shorten their bucket list with a trip down the iconic hill where generations of youngsters have been competing since 1936.

For a $14 ticket, participants received one spin down the hill, a catered luncheon, health screenings, a swag bag and lectures by physicians from Cleveland Clinic Akron General, the event’s sponsor.

Senior Day was one of the ways the Soap Box Derby sought to expand accessibility to its facility, which has been supported by public dollars.

A hill that was once only used perhaps four times a year for sanctioned races now sees action nearly 80 days between spring and fall, including Kids Day, Grandparents Day, Inclusion Day, the Corporate Derby Challenge and rentals for events by businesses and organizations.

Thursday’s event sold out weeks in advance.