Come to the Rotary Challenge Gravity Car Race tomorrow

July 17, 2009

By Bob Taylor

NEW — 10:28 a.m. July 17, 2009

Everyone wins at the annual Issaquah Rotary Challenge Gravity Car Race, where disabled children get the feel of soap box derby action.

The annual event is from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Saturday on Second Avenue Southeast between Southeast Andrews Street and Southeast Darst Street in Issaquah.

Youngsters race in gravity cars that are 7 feet long and 29 inches wide. Two children ride in each car. The driver is a regular child, from 11-13 years of age. The co-driver is a disabled child.

Two cars, propelled by gravity, go down the hill two at a time. Each car has brakes, so that the driver can safely stop it.

The physical requirements for special racers are: not more than 5 feet, 2 inches tall, weigh no more than 130 pounds; and ages 5 through adult. Even children who have to use wheelchairs can be lifted into the cars and can participate in the race.

Get more details and register by calling Leo Finnegan at 392-5682 or e-mail him at

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