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Soap box derby to close roads
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Date published: 6/8/2007
It will take at least 100 volunteers to get the Rappahannock Regional Soap Box Derby--The Free Lance-Star Classic--up and running tomorrow for its 179 participants.
Four or five police officers will join 80 volunteers and the 20 from the city's Parks and Recreation staff.
The volunteers will be responsible for guarding the road barricades, lining up cars, moving them out of the way, changing wheels, keeping time, and anything else needed to keep things running smoothly.
With 179 drivers in three divisions, the soap box derby should go until at least 5 p.m. The roads will be cleared once the race is over.
Race director Jane Shelhorse said William Street and entrances to the street will be closed starting at 5 a.m. and will remain closed until the race is over.
The race will run down William Street from College Avenue to Washington Avenue.
To avoid traffic and the closing on Route 3, take Lafayette Boulevard to Princess Anne Street or U.S. 1 and avoid the closings all together.
Kate Harmon: 540/374-5000, ext. 5779
More information about the local Derby can be found on our Soap Box Derby Site. There you will find the current race ladders for 2007, links to purchase reprints, information about race day action, and much more.
On race day, the ladder will be updated in real time to allow friends and family to watch the results if they cannot attend the race. You will also be able to sign up for cell phone alerts or emails when your driver advances or is eliminated.
You can sign up to receive alerts to your cell phone on race day as your driver advances or is eliminated.