Friday, February 24, 2006

Snow Box Derby rocks Rotarun Sunday

Snow Box Derby racer Milo Ryason crashes to the snow during last year's event, at Rotarun Ski Area west of Hailey on Croy Creek Road. This year's derby will take place Sunday, Feb. 26, starting at 10.a.m. Photo by David N. Seelig

The Blaine County Recreation District and Rotarun Ski Area will host the 5th Annual Snow Box Derby on Sunday, Feb. 26, starting at 10.a.m. Participants will design, construct and race their very own cardboard racing vehicles, making for a fun-filled community event.

The derby takes place at Rotarun, on Croy Creek Road west of Hailey, and is open to anyone 5 years and older. A racing category is also available for area businesses that wish to take part in the action. This year's divisions include: PeeWee (5-8 years), Junior (9-12 years), Teen (13-17 years), Adult (18 and up) and the Business category.

Snow boxes must be constructed using only cardboard, paint, tape and glue. A full list of rules can be obtained at the Recreation District office, in Hailey. All snow boxes will be inspected the day of the event.

The entry fee is $5 for individuals and $25 for businesses. Medals will be awarded in each category for the fastest run and most creative snow box.

The Snow Box North vs. South Challenge Cup also returns for a second year. The challenge pits a north valley representative versus a south valley representative for honors of the fastest time down the hill in a decorated cardboard box. Competitors this year are Sun Valley City Administrator Virginia Egger and Bellevue P&Z Commissioner Beth Callister. The winner takes back to their respective city the Challenge Cup trophy and bragging rights for the year.

Register at the Blaine County Recreation District office, at the Community Campus in Hailey, or the day of the event. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. at Rotarun. For more information, call 788-2117 or e-mail

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