It's Back! Red Bull Soapbox returns to Eden Park in September

The Red Bull Soapbox Race once again makes its way back to Cincinnati for the third time since it’s 2008 debut. Applications to submit your homemade Soapbox craft design are being accepted now. On Saturday, September 8, 60 teams will be challenged to craft their own non-motorized vehicles to be tested on a downhill course. The Eden Park course starts behind Krohn Conservatory on Cliff Drive and spirals through various twists, turns and obstacles to end on Martin Drive.

Red Bull Soapbox gives both experienced racers and amateurs alike a chance to tap into their inner youth to design and build the most outrageous vehicle with one goal in mind: To be the fastest one down the course with their creation in one piece. To be crowned king or queen of the hill you need more than just skill. Teams will be judged on criteria which is one-third speed, one-third creativity and one-third showmanship. In the end, it comes down to not only building the quickest soapbox, but also impressing the judges by how outrageous and charismatic they can be.

Irreverent 2015 team names like the Wallace Woods War Boys, Zombie Turtles and Skydivers without Parachutes hint that these racing teams are serious about their racing craft. The Red Bull Soapbox Race is an event for all those who love racing, have a sense of humor and are interested in showing off their imagination and creativity. Last time the Soapbox race hit Cincy, there were crafts resembling big pigs, double decker buses, macaroni and cheese, and space sharks. Turnout was in the thousands to witness wacky contraptions compete downhill against their biggest opponent - gravity.

Want to know more? Red Bull and Soapbox Cincinnati are hosting an information and application registration Meetup at Xavier Center for Innovation on Wednesday, May 9 from 7-9pm. There will be plenty of Red Bull (of course) and the Red Bull team will be on hand as a sounding board to answer your questions and discuss your design ideas. Applications call for teams of athletes, designers, engineers, entertainers, and everyone in-between to turn their racing dreams into reality.

Applying to participate in Red Bull Soapbox Race is free. Racers and participants must be 18 or older.

For a chance to compete at the third Red Bull Soapbox in Cincinnati this Fall, request application information at or register and join us for the free Red Bull Soapbox | Soapbox Meetup. Get your free tickets for the Meetup here. The deadline to submit craft designs is June 1, 2018.

Read more articles by Patrice Watson.

Patrice Watson is publisher of Soapbox Cincinnati and NKY thrives. Follow her on Twitter @patricewatson10.
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