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Washington School Students Earn First and Second Place in Annual Soap Box Derby

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Adan, 8, with his first place trophy at Union's annual 4th of July Soap Box Derby Credits: Tapinto Union
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First and second place winners of Union's annual 4th of July Soap Box Derby Credits: Tapinto Union
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Union's annual Soap Box Derby on the Fourth of July Credits: Tapinto Union
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Soap Box Derby racers Paul, Joey and Christina Credits: Tapinto Union
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Racers head down Stuyvesant Avenue in Union's Annual Soap Box Derby on the 4th of July Credits: Tapinto Union
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Ready, set, go! Racers take off in Union's annual 4th of July Soap Box Derby Credits: Tapinto Union
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Racers head down Stuyvesant Avenue in Union's Annual Soap Box Derby on the 4th of July Credits: Tapinto Union
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Jesse, 8, ready for his turn in the annual Soap Box Derby Credits: Tapinto Union
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Ready, set, go! A Racer takes off in Union's annual 4th of July Soap Box Derby Credits: Tapinto Union
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Ready, set, go! Racers get ready to take off in Union's annual 4th of July Soap Box Derby Credits: Tapinto Union
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Ready, set, go! Racers get ready to take off in Union's annual 4th of July Soap Box Derby Credits: Tapinto Union
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Racers get ready for the Soap Box Derby Credits: Tapinto Union
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Racers head down Stuyvesant Avenue in Union's Annual Soap Box Derby on the 4th of July Credits: Tapinto Union
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First place Adan (l) and second place Fin at Union's 4th of July Soap Box Derby Credits: Tapinto Union
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Young spectators enjoy the race at Union's annual 4th of July Soap Box Derby Credits: Tapinto Union
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Racers get ready for the Soap Box Derby Credits: Tapinto Union
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Ready, set, go! A racers gets ready to take off in Union's annual 4th of July Soap Box Derby Credits: Tapinto Union
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Racers head down Stuyvesant Avenue in Union's Annual Soap Box Derby on the 4th of July Credits: Tapinto Union
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Township officials with first place winner Adan (l) and second place winner Fin at Union's 4th of July Soap Box Derby Credits: Tapinto Union
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Ready, set, go! A Racer gets ready to take off in Union's annual 4th of July Soap Box Derby Credits: Tapinto Union
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A racer heads down Stuyvesant Avenue in Union's Annual Soap Box Derby on the 4th of July Credits: Tapinto Union
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The final 8 racers at Union's annual 4th of July Soap Box Derby Credits: Tapinto Union
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A racer heads down Stuyvesant Avenue in Union's Annual Soap Box Derby on the 4th of July Credits: Tapinto Union
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A racer heads down Stuyvesant Avenue in Union's Annual Soap Box Derby on the 4th of July Credits: Tapinto Union
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A racer heads down Stuyvesant Avenue in Union's Annual Soap Box Derby on the 4th of July Credits: Tapinto Union
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Ready, set, go! A racers gets ready to take off in Union's annual 4th of July Soap Box Derby Credits: Tapinto Union
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Ready, set, go! A racers gets ready to take off in Union's annual 4th of July Soap Box Derby Credits: Tapinto Union
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Racers head down Stuyvesant Avenue in Union's Annual Soap Box Derby on the 4th of July Credits: Tapinto Union
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With a little help at Union's 4th of July Soap Box Derby Credits: Tapinto Union
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Ready, set, go! Racers take off in Union's annual 4th of July Soap Box Derby Credits: Tapinto Union
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Racers head down Stuyvesant Avenue in Union's Annual Soap Box Derby on the 4th of July Credits: Tapinto Union
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Racers head down Stuyvesant Avenue in Union's Annual Soap Box Derby on the 4th of July Credits: Tapinto Union
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UNION, NJ – Two Washington Elementary School students battled it out for first place at Union’s annual 4th of July All-American Soap Box Derby on Wednesday morning on Stuyvesant Avenue.

In a close final heat of the derby, Adan, 8, beat out Fin, 9, both first time derby racers.

“We are proud to offer this great event for the kids of Union”, said Superintendent of Recreation Robert Cowper.  “It’s a really exciting event and the kids love it.”

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When asked how it felt to win the derby, Adan said, “I just couldn’t believe it.” 

“It felt amazing,” said Fin.  “It was so exciting and so cool.”

The derby, in its 11th year, had twenty-four racers flying down Stuyvesant Avenue in elimination rounds.  About an hour-and-a-half of racing fun saw a couple of crashes, but one was injured. 

Before the race, Franklin School student, Jesse, 8, said, “This is my first time.  I’m going to pretend I’m in a Mario Karts video game.”

 

 

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