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Ann Arbor Active Against ALS is a grassroots, nonprofit organization whose mission is to raise funds for research toward effective treatments and ultimately a cure for ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease), while raising awareness of the disease, encouraging physical activity, and building a compassionate community.

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Boxcar Derby

Boxcar Derby News

Boxcar Derby Racers, Fans, Supporters and Volunteers,
After a decade of greasing the wheels for ALS research, we are taking a brief hiatus to re-tool the event. 
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While we we will not run the derby in 2019, we hope to drop the green flag again in the Spring of 2020! 
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Since 2009, you helped us raise nearly $75,000 to fight the uphill battle against ALS. 
Way to go! 
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Watch the 2018 Boxcar Derby Promo Video:

THANK YOU 2018 Sponsors!

PLATINUM LEVEL

Gold Cup Level:

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Other Sponsors:

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THREE RACE DIVISIONS:
• 9 and Under Classic Car division (ages 5-9)
• Open Classic Car division (ages 10+)
• Big Kid division, bigger boxcars (ages 16+ including adults)
Trophies to Top Finishers, Runner-up and Best-Decorated in each division.

BOXCAR DETAILS:
• Classic Boxcars – BUILD, PRE-BUILT, or BORROW:
available for the 9 and Under and Open divisions while supplies last – Build your own from a kit ($40), paint and race a Pre-Built boxcar ($40), or borrow one at the event.

• Big Kid Boxcars – BUILD, PRE-BUILT, RENT or BORROW:
available for the Big Kid division (ages 16+ including adults) — bigger, faster cars with sweet rims to really cruise at the Big House! Build your own from a kit ($60), paint and race a Pre-Built boxcar ($60), Rent a boxcar ($30), or borrow one at the event.  

Watch the 2016 Boxcar Derby Highlight Video:

Put together your own boxcar from one of our kits!

Derby Car Buildup
 

Click on image above to see more!

Click Here and PRINT a WAIVER FORM for EACH RIDER

Click Here to Download BOXCAR ASSEMBLY INSTRUCTIONS

DESIGN & BUILD YOUR OWN BOXCAR REQUIREMENTS:

safety and starting ramp requirements for ALL cars (new and veteran):

  • WIDTH: maximum 28” (2016 change)
  • LENGTH: maximum 48”
  • WEIGHT: no more than 50 lbs.
  • 4 WHEELS: 9 & Under and Open divisions – 6″ maximum diameter (recommend ball bearing wheels).
  • 4 WHEELS: Big Kid division – 12″ maximum diameter.
  • STEERING: The course is straight – limited steering is recommended.

Good luck building!

2014/15/16 Derby Winner CHALLENGE! View the video:

Contact us at [email protected].