OfficeKey Announced as Primary Sponsor of Cincinnati Soap Box Derby 2021 Race Season

OfficeKey sponsors Soap Box Derby April 12, 2021 –After a COVID pause last year, the Cincinnati Soap Box Derby returns this year for its 50th running, thanks to underwriting from a generous local business.  

Cincinnati-area youth will once again build cars and coast downhill in organized (and thrilling) soapbox races for free, with Cincinnati-based co-working specialist OfficeKey as the primary sponsor of the 2021  Cincinnati Soap Box Derby season. 

Race Director Stan Kokotajlo said OfficeKey’s sponsorship will be key to the success of the 2021 season of the Cincinnati Soap Box Derby. 

“The Derby helps brings a lifetime of learning and family fun to area youth through gravity racing,”  Kokotajlo said. “Giving local racers the opportunity to participate at no cost with the OfficeKey donation is  a win for youth sports and the families who participate in our derby events.” 

OfficeKey’s sponsorship helps the Cincinnati Soap Box Derby maintain derby cars for the upcoming race season as well as offset race fees for the All-American local race. The company provides the space,  tools, and services to help businesses establish Cincinnati offices since 1984. 

“We like the Soap Box Derby because it marries technology with the competition. Kids learn about the strength of materials, potential energy, and friction. Kids learn to play by the rules and how to lose graciously” said Justin Myers, owner of OfficeKey. 

The Cincinnati Soap Box Derby is a youth racing program open to racers aged 7 to 18. Drivers learn sportsmanship and driving fundamentals, as well as STEM-related knowledge through car rules and size requirements, weight placement, and other technical adjustments. 

The 2021 season includes three key events: 

  • The season starts with a Fun Run on May 1 at the Florence Y’all baseball field parking lot. This event will provide interested racers the opportunity to experience soapbox derby racing.
  • Golf Manor will host the first race of the season on May 16. The race will be staged at the corner of Bremont and Losantiville Avenues. This event will give drivers the chance to sharpen their driving skills ahead of the 50th running of the local race on June 6. 
  • The 50th Running Cincinnati Soap Box Derby Race will be on June 6 on Observatory Avenue in Ault Park. The marquee local SBD race returned to Ault Park in 2019 after a nearly 40-year  absence. Prior to that, the annual race was held regularly at Ault Park in the 1960s and 1970s,  before a hiatus that lasted from 1978 to 2006. Winners of the Stock and Super Stock divisions in this year’s local race will compete at the World Championship, held in Akron in July.

How to get involved 

To compete in the Cincinnati Soap Box Derby, drivers must be at least 7 years old and have two people to act as members of their pit crew. Pit crew members can be parents or older teenagers who can assist with loading and unloading cars from trailers. Races usually run on Saturdays or Sundays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Registration for all three events can be found at cincysbd.com

New drivers must complete a driver orientation program on May 1 in Florence, Kentucky. This free event also includes a “Fun Run” that allows anyone curious about derby racing to try out a car. 

Cincinnati Soap Box Derby also seeks volunteers to help lift cars onto trailers as well as set up and break down on race days.  

Drivers (or their parents) and volunteers should sign up to get involved at http://signup.cincysbd.com.  For questions, email info@cincysbd.com.

About Cincinnati Soap Box Derby 

The Cincinnati Soap Box Derby is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to build knowledge and character and to create meaningful experiences through collaboration and fair and honest competition. Cincinnati was one of the original Derby cities that began competing in 1934, the year of the original Soap Box Derby. 

About OfficeKey 

OfficeKey is a leader in providing the space, tools, and services to establish Cincinnati offices since 1984.  OfficeKey offers five shared office locations in the Cincinnati area that work well for small businesses, executives, and everything in between.