Local competitors crowned champions in All-American Soap Box Derby

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AKRON, Ohio — Every year, they compete in over 600 races, across countries and across continents, all hoping to make it to one place.

Derby Downs in Akron.

The 77th Annual First Energy All-American Soap Box Derby crowned champions on Saturday.

It also did a lot more – like bring families together.

“We do a lot of things together,” said Rick Desens, who is from Rochester, New York, and whose son, Ricky, has twice been a champion at Derby Downs. “But this has brought us even closer together because it’s a team effort. I get to build the car with him, and when he drives it well, we both look good.”

“These kids are having a great time,” said Joe Mazur, with the Soap Box Derby. “That makes all the volunteers happy because that’s why we do it.”

About 500 racers made it to Akron, and on Saturday, the Derby made champions out of some of them  – including four from Ohio.

Our congratulations to all the winners – including 13 year-old Emerson Minch of Cleveland, 12 year-old Dylan Theisen of Tallmadge, Kristi Murphy of Concord Township, and Kyle Bolen, whose from Hanging Rock, Ohio, which is on the Ohio River near Kentucky.

For more on the derby, click here.


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