Northeast Soapbox Association
Gravity racing news for the northeast states

How to Put on a Soapbox Race...

piles of hay bales line a soapbox race track with people on and off the track
Volunteer Mike Burek at the Montague Soapbox Races

Running your own Soapbox Race isn't too hard, and can be organized in just a few months. You just need a half-dozen committee members and a bunch of volunteers on race day. And a positive attitude! If you are in any of the northeastern states, please consider being part of the Northeast Soapbox Association, which is free.

Location, Location, Location

The very first thing you need to do is figure out where the race will be held. A good hill has at most two turns, good speeds, is smoothly paved, and ends in an open area. Think about the various hills in your town, and whether they might meet these basic criteria:

Supplies, Supplies, Supplies

In addition to securing your location, you will need to gather various supplies

Fiscal and Legal Considerations

At a minimum, you will need to set up a bank account or a line-item fund in an existing account, take out the insurance, and be the official organization associated with the event when taking in and spending money, meeting with the police and fire departments, parks and recreation if this is a fundraiser for them, and the select board for the licensing and permits.

You would need to build a committee of at least six people, each committed to actively participate in building the event and taking on specific duties, such as manager of volunteers, vendors, sponsors, etc. On the day of the event it takes about 40 volunteers.

It sounds like a lot of work, but many hands are many hands, and there's nothing like race day when the creativity and smiles come out.

A sample planning document and budget is available upon request. Simply fill out the contact form and let us know.