FirstEnergy All-American Soap Box Derby brings out hundreds of racers

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AKRON, Ohio - The 78th FirstEnergy All-American Soap Box Derby kicked off on Sunday.

Around 400 racers and their families came out for the first day of the big event.

Practice runs were allowed for the racers, which are boys and girls between 7 and 20.

Racers made it to Akron by winning local races in their areas.

Racers traveled from areas around the United States, along with Canada, Japan and New Zealand.