Youth in Motion this Saturday

Organizers hope for large turnout

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— Area youngsters are on the move this weekend.
A one-of-a-kind event that gives children a chance to roll, ride and rip it up premieres Saturday in Steamboat Springs.
Youth in Motion features kids and their wheels -- soap box cars, roller skates and mountain and dirt bikes. The inaugural event expands on the annual Soap Box Derby. Event organizers added new exhibits and competitions to attract more spectators and participants.
A committee of parents and representatives from the Steamboat Springs Rotary Club and city dreamed up Youth in Motion to encourage more of the community to turn out for the day.
"We'd like it to become the signature early summer event for local youth in Northwest Colorado," said Steve Frasier, who sits on the organizational committee.
Last year's Soap Box Derby featured 19 children between the ages of 9 and 16. Frasier and the rest of the committee wanted to give youngsters additional opportunities to experience the same spirit of competition and fun.
"The derby only caters to 20 or 30 kids," Frasier said.
Dozens of parents, mentors and spectators showed up last year to watch the children and their cars roll down Rockies Way, but watching the pint-size drivers take the same run over and over gain can get tedious.
That's why Saturday's lineup includes a variety of eye-catching booths, demonstrations and contests.
The preliminary rounds of the derby kick off Youth in Motion at 10 p.m. and run until 2 p.m.
But there's plenty to see in the interim.
The event takes place at the corner of Rockies Way and Steamboat Boulevard on the property of The Porches at More's Corner. The large open space provides ample room for a dirt track, where young riders in Stokes Gulch Motocross Club will compete and demonstrate their sport at 10 a.m.
Sore Saddle Cyclery hosts a mountain bike competition for children at noon.
Owner Chris Oppold said his bike shop is bringing in a grater to create a low-key course for children to test their riding skills. Younger children take one lap around the course; older riders get to take a second lap.
Those who would rather see youngsters on skates than bikes can watch Steamboat Roller Hockey scrimmage at noon.
Exhibits that promote healthy lifestyles are also planned.
The Get R!EAL Road tour stops by on Saturday to encourage youth to resist the tobacco industry's exploitive advertising. Trained, professional facilitators will talk to children about tobacco, ways the tobacco manipulates young people into buying their product and the Get R!EAL movement.
The tour vehicle uses couches and beanbags, music, videogames and giveaways to create a laid-back atmosphere conducive to a younger audience.
Grand Futures Prevention Coalition, a local nonprofit substance abuse prevention agency, is sponsoring an interactive booth that informs children and parents of the dangers of underage drinking, and drinking and driving.
People can try on the Fatal Vision glasses, which simulate how alcohol impairs vision. Youth and adults who wear the glasses can try driving a remote-controlled car through a course.
The Boy Scouts are sponsoring a booth that features a rope-making display, and a Mitsubishi EVO-6 Pro Rally car that competes in the U.S. National Pro Rally circuit, as well as several new cars from Steamboat Motors and Cook Chevrolet, will be on display.
The final rounds of the derby pick up at 2:15 p.m.
The derby season runs from March to July and involves girls and boys ages 8 to 17 in the United States and overseas.
The Steamboat Springs Soap Box Derby is one of 150 local races that determine the more than 400 local race winners.
The Rotary Club sponsors the program, and pairs youth with adult mentors who help them build and race their cars.
Heats consist of two runs between two cars.
Cars and drivers switch lanes and wheels before the second run to ensure fairness.
The driver with the lowest combined time wins the heat.
All drivers get to make at least four runs before slower times can knock them out of competition.
The eventual winner gets to race in the 66th annual All-American Soap Box Derby in Akron, Ohio.
People who want more information about the event should contact Ben Northcutt at 879-3010.
Parents who wish to register their children in the mountain bike competition should call Sore Saddle Cyclery at 879-1675.

A one-of-a-kind event that gives children a chance to roll, ride and rip it up premieres Saturday in Steamboat Springs.

Youth in Motion features kids and their wheels -- soap box cars, roller skates and mountain and dirt bikes. The inaugural event expands on the annual Soap Box Derby. Event organizers added new exhibits and competitions to attract more spectators and participants.

A committee of parents and representatives from the Steamboat Springs Rotary Club and city dreamed up Youth in Motion to encourage more of the community to turn out for the day.

"We'd like it to become the signature early summer event for local youth in Northwest Colorado," said Steve Frasier, who sits on the organizational committee.

Last year's Soap Box Derby featured 19 children between the ages of 9 and 16. Frasier and the rest of the committee wanted to give youngsters additional opportunities to experience the same spirit of competition and fun.

"The derby only caters to 20 or 30 kids," Frasier said.

Dozens of parents, mentors and spectators showed up last year to watch the children and their cars roll down Rockies Way, but watching the pint-size drivers take the same run over and over gain can get tedious.

That's why Saturday's lineup includes a variety of eye-catching booths, demonstrations and contests.

The preliminary rounds of the derby kick off Youth in Motion at 10 p.m. and run until 2 p.m.

But there's plenty to see in the interim.

The event takes place at the corner of Rockies Way and Steamboat Boulevard on the property of The Porches at More's Corner. The large open space provides ample room for a dirt track, where young riders in Stokes Gulch Motocross Club will compete and demonstrate their sport at 10 a.m.

Sore Saddle Cyclery hosts a mountain bike competition for children at noon.

Owner Chris Oppold said his bike shop is bringing in a grater to create a low-key course for children to test their riding skills. Younger children take one lap around the course; older riders get to take a second lap.

Those who would rather see youngsters on skates than bikes can watch Steamboat Roller Hockey scrimmage at noon.

Exhibits that promote healthy lifestyles are also planned.

The Get R!EAL Road tour stops by on Saturday to encourage youth to resist the tobacco industry's exploitive advertising. Trained, professional facilitators will talk to children about tobacco, ways the tobacco manipulates young people into buying their product and the Get R!EAL movement.

The tour vehicle uses couches and beanbags, music, videogames and giveaways to create a laid-back atmosphere conducive to a younger audience.

Grand Futures Prevention Coalition, a local nonprofit substance abuse prevention agency, is sponsoring an interactive booth that informs children and parents of the dangers of underage drinking, and drinking and driving.

People can try on the Fatal Vision glasses, which simulate how alcohol impairs vision. Youth and adults who wear the glasses can try driving a remote-controlled car through a course.

The Boy Scouts are sponsoring a booth that features a rope-making display, and a Mitsubishi EVO-6 Pro Rally car that competes in the U.S. National Pro Rally circuit, as well as several new cars from Steamboat Motors and Cook Chevrolet, will be on display.

The final rounds of the derby pick up at 2:15 p.m.

The derby season runs from March to July and involves girls and boys ages 8 to 17 in the United States and overseas.

The Steamboat Springs Soap Box Derby is one of 150 local races that determine the more than 400 local race winners.

The Rotary Club sponsors the program, and pairs youth with adult mentors who help them build and race their cars.

Heats consist of two runs between two cars.

Cars and drivers switch lanes and wheels before the second run to ensure fairness.

The driver with the lowest combined time wins the heat.

All drivers get to make at least four runs before slower times can knock them out of competition.

The eventual winner gets to race in the 66th annual All-American Soap Box Derby in Akron, Ohio.

People who want more information about the event should contact Ben Northcutt at 879-3010.

Parents who wish to register their children in the mountain bike competition should call Sore Saddle Cyclery at 879-1675.

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