There was some big time racing going on in downtown Wichita Falls this morning at the long-anticipated Soap Box Derby. As promised, Gwyn Bevel and Brenna Donnelly faced off and helped get the YMCA’s annual event started first thing Saturday morning. After losing only one race in six years, Gwyn wasn’t so lucky on this seventh year, and Brenna ended up walking away with the bragging rights. But, of course, both were very excited to help the YMCA support children who can’t afford the program and make sure no kids are denied access. The soap box derby encourages contestants to build their own derby karts for added fun and family bonding.
“It’s kind of a generational thing and its time that we can come together as a family and just kind of put our heads together and try to get something that works well,” father Cory Glassburn said. “There were definitely some moments of arguing and some moments of laughing, but here we are ready to race.”
“Really, I just hope to finish,” racer Maverick Glassburn said.
The Glassburns spent 11 days building Maverick’s kart with friends and family, and successfully finished their race all three times.
The Soap Box Derby was expected to raise over $7,000.