Pikes Peak Soap Box Derby held in Colorado Springs

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — A sport that started back in 1934 is making a big come back in Colorado Springs.

The Pikes Peak Soap Box Derby was held on June 7th.

For 12 years, kids ages 7 to 21 have been competing in their gravity-powered racers, each one built and designed by the driver.

9-year-old Callie Mueller has been competing in the race for 2 years now.

“My dad and my brother brought home a derby car, and I was the oldest one that could race so I started racing,” Callie said.

“I saw a soap box derby car online, and I had no idea that they were still even run, a soap box derby. We went and checked it out, and I thought this is too cool so we bought that car. We got our daughter Callie going and we liked it so much that the whole family came out and we decided to get a second car and build that up together,” Byrom Mueller said.

That’s when Callie’s brother, 7-year-old Ben Mueller, started racing.

The Mueller’s say this event has brought their family closer together.

“The children have fun with it. They enjoy coming. We get to be outside, enjoy beautiful Colorado, and it does bring all of our family together in a way to help the kids which is our priority in life,” Jennifer Mueller said.

Ben and Callie are just 2 of 35 drivers facing-off in 3 different divisions.

But win or lose, organizers say soap box derby racers are like a family.

“Everybody is incredibly friendly here and encouraging, and I love to see the kids encourage one another and they’ve made some friends along the way,” Jennifer said.

“It’s a great family-fun event and it just pulls more and more people in and it’s something we really enjoy doing,” Byrom said.

Callie ended up taking second in the stock division, and Ben placed 5th.

The first place winner in each division moves on to compete at nationals in Akron, Ohio on July 25th.

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