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Red Bull's Soapbox Derby Coming Downtown in September, Entries Due Friday

By Eric Richardson
Published: Wednesday, July 15, 2009, at 04:41PM
Red Bull Soapbox Race SF (c)Ian Coble/Red Bull Photofiles

Team "Tree Huggers" flies over a drop during the 2008 Red Bull Soapbox Race in San Francisco.

Those with a need for speed have a few days left to fashion their designs for Red Bull's Soapbox Race, coming Downtown on September 26th. The event has taken place in thirty countries and the Los Angeles race will be the eighth in the United States. Last October, 100,000 spectators came out to see teams compete in San Francisco.


9/24/2009: Looking for more updated information? Check out our rundown of what you should know for Saturday's event.


Competitors will descend Downtown's steepest hill, the Grand Avenue incline north of 5th street. Racers will start on Grand outside California Plaza, and will have to make a turn onto 5th street while descending the hill. The finish line is planned to be adjacent to Pershing Square.

The street closures needed to accommodate that course brought some concern at last night's meeting of the Downtown Neighborhood Council. Closures on 5th and Olive streets would begin Friday evening, September 25, and run until Sunday morning, September 27.

Locals interested in testing their downhill luck should hurry up -- entries close this Friday, July 17. Applications require a sketch of the proposed design and basic engineering information. Red Bull will choose approximately 40 competitors from the applications. Entries are awarded for speed, creativity and showmanship.

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