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Finish line . . . Juanita Sim flags in one of last year's contestants. PHOTO: CHRIS TOBIN

by Chris Tobin

A big entry will line up in the corporate section of the TimOru Soap Box Derby on Sunday.

Richard Brown, of Movember Timoru, said 22 entries had been received so far for this section of the annual event and one entrant was travelling down from Christchurch.

“The workplaces are all trying to outdo one another.”

There were fewer junior entries this year (12) and the same number in the open section.

This year will be the event’s third since it was revived.

Soap box derby racing had featured in Stafford St south in the 1970s and ’80s.

Mr Brown said $5000 was given to charity Movember as a result of the 2018 event.

More was expected to be raised this year.

“We got funding this year,” he said.

“The Community Trust Mid and South Canterbury and Southern Trust have come to the party for us and a lot of businesses have made donations.”

The Timaru District Council and Fulton Hogan are assisting with road closures.

The soap box derby course starts in George St, outside the Timaru District Council building and heads downhill, ending in Station St, opposite The Courier office.

“We hope the weather will be good,” Mr Brown said.

Racing begins at 9am and runs through to 3pm.