Racers, parents, Kinsmen and volunteers pose Sept. 8 during the downhill derby, this year hosted by the Ponoka Kinsmen. Photos by Jeffrey Heyden-Kaye

Ponoka Kinsmen take on the downhill derby

To continue the fun derby, the Kinsmen took on the job of organizing

Another downhill derby is in the books, this time with the Ponoka Kinsmen at the helm.

This year’s derby, held Sept. 8, saw a few less racers but it’s a great first step, said Kinsmen president Mike York. He added that the club feels this is a positive event for the community. “We specialize in having younger members who just really want to get involved in the community.”

“It helps keep that spirit (of community involvement) alive,” he added.

For the racers it’s a red carpet experience, with every kid getting a shirt and a paid lunch, plus participation medals.

“We give trophies for first, second and third in each division,” said York. “And we also give a speeding ticket and trophy to the fastest racer.

That racer, Jack Mast, hit the 44 km/h mark and was given a special speeding ticket from an attending officer.

“We have the RCMP come and actually write that out,” said York, pointing out it’s all about a fun, community event.

There are three divisions of racers with the morning starting out with a practice run, then the racing began.

Looking at next year, the Kinsmen hope to bring in more racers and fans to support the racers. With help from residents, and from sponsors, the downhill derby is one experience the Kinsmen would like to continue.

Division winners:

Division 1

• First: Reid Klimec

• Second: Connor Wirch

• Third: Logan Zimmer

Division 2

• First: Alanna Reed

• Second: John Mallis

• Third: Morgan Dubeau

Division 3

• First: Jack Mast

• Second: Serge Klimec

• Third: Tye Ancion

Fastest speed: Jack Mast 44km/h

 

Racers line up in preparation for another couple heats of downhill derby action.

The familiar Kin Cantina at the top of the soapbox derby hill is a familiar sight as racers vie for top speeds. One even hit the 44 km/h mark.

With racing helmets and some fall leaves, downhill derby racers had a great time.

Some of the soapboxes come with colourful and fancy decorations, making it for a fun experience.

The downhill derby is an experience for kids and parents to get together and practice racing down the hill that has become the main sight for downhill soapbox racing.

Winners of the downhill derby pose Sept. 8 after the races. Back row, left to right: Jack Mast, John Mallis, Tye Ancion, Serge Klimec, Morgan Dubeau and front row: Connor Wirch, Logan Zimmer, Reid Klimec and Allana Reed. Photo submitted

Just Posted

Let the Games begin!

Team Alberta takes home gold and silver in speed skating on day one

WATCH: Historic night in Red Deer as 2019 Canada Winter Games kicks off

Star-studded Opening Ceremony features athletes from across Canada

Athletes’ medals unveiled at the official kick-off of 2019 Canada Winter Games

Medals depict Central Alberta landscape and pay tribute to First Nations

WATCH: Canada Winter Games are finally here

Final leg of torch relay kicked off at Fort Normandeau

Red Deer man loses car after being caught twice driving with suspended licence

The Ponoka Integrated Traffic Unit ticketed the man in December and on Valentine’s Day

Fashion Fridays: Up your beauty game

Kim XO, helps to keep you looking good on Fashion Fridays on the Black Press Media Network

Team Alberta adds nine medals on day two of competition at Canada Winter Games

Team Alberta had a solid day at the 2019 Canada Winter Games in Red Deer

Cabinet likely to extend deadline to reconsider Trans Mountain pipeline

New round of consultations with Indigenous communities is coming

PHOTOS: Canada Games action from the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre

Wheelchair basketball, short-track speedskating draw large crowds

Disgraced ex-Congressman Anthony Weiner released from prison

He was convicted of having illicit online contact with a 15-year-old North Carolina girl in 2017

Jason Kenney pledges education revamp if UCP wins power in Alberta

Kenney has said the full United Conservative platform will be rolled out during the campaign

Ontario police field complaints over Amber Alert for missing girl, 11, found dead

Some said the Amber Alert issued late Thursday for Riya Rajkumar disrupted their sleep

‘Mitts don’t just warm hands. They warm hearts’: Mitts for Many Program launches

Donate new or lightly used mittens to bin in the Great Hall of the Gary W. Harris Centre

Most Read