Annual Challenge Race returns on July 12

July 8, 2014

By Staff

The annual Issaquah Rotary Challenge Series Races, where participants with disabilities get to experience the thrill of soapbox derby action, begins 9 a.m. July 12.

In each race, two racers climb into the seat of a gravity-powered car as the vehicle maneuvers along Second Avenue with able-bodied volunteers, who sit behind the wheel, and participants with disabilities, who sit in the passenger seat.

Longtime Issaquah resident Leo Finnegan founded the event when son Tim wanted to race with his brothers in regular derbies but couldn’t because of his disability. The community race is now in its 17th year.

Check-in for the races begins at 8 a.m. in front of the community center, followed by three racing sessions beginning at 9 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Participants must preregister and be 5-foot-2 or shorter and 130 pounds or lighter to fit in a car. Call Finnegan at 392-5682 to register for the event.

In addition to the races, the Rotary Club of Issaquah hosts a lunch for event participants, families, caregivers and volunteers.

Life Enrichment Options, a local organization that seeks to promote a good quality of life within the community for citizens who have developmental disabilities, is an event partner. The Rotary Club of Issaquah is a local service club made up of business and professional leaders.

Learn more here.


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