Challenge race is this Saturday

July 13, 2010

By Staff

The annual Issaquah Rotary Challenge Gravity Car Race, where disabled children get the feel of soap box derby action, begins 9 a.m. July 17.

The annual event takes place on Second Avenue Southeast between Southeast Andrews and Southeast Darst streets 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 nondisabled, 11 to 13 years of age. The co-driver is a disabled child.

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

The physical requirements for special racers are height not more than 5 feet 2 inches; weight no more than 130 pounds; and age 5 years through adult.

Even children who have to use wheelchairs can be lifted into the cars and can participate in the race.

For more details and to register, contact Leo Finnegan at 392-5682 or

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