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Two Lafayette students headed to national Soapbox Derby competition

Racers came out to complete in Greater Lafayette's local competition over the weekend.

Posted: Jun 15, 2019 5:22 PM
Updated: Jun 17, 2019 5:50 AM

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — Two Lafayette students are headed to the national Soapbox Derby competition this summer. Racers came out to complete in Greater Lafayette's local competition over the weekend.

Sixteen-year-old Eli Murphy and 8-year-old Tucker Willis of Lafayette are this year's winners. They will head to Akron, Ohio to compete with other students from across the nation.

The Greater Lafayette Soapbox Derby has been a staple in the community for 25 years. Event Director Ted Murphy said this race has always been a great experience to keep kids active.

“A lot of the kids that don't play baseball, you know summer sports, it brings them out it gets them a little bit more active,” said Murphy.

The race was cancelled Saturday for the first time in it's history. The weather moved the race to Sunday on Grant Hill in West Lafayette.

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