2010 Race Results

All the carts who ran, and their times and speeds.

The first annual Montague Soapbox Races was a raging success. About 1500 people came out on a beautiful Sunday afternoon to see 27 carts go down the 1st Street hill in Turners Falls, Massachusetts, September 19th, 2010. Two additional carts were entered but deemed too unsafe by their drivers and were put on display instead -- both pieces of art in their own right.

In the end, after weeding out the two unsafe carts, and four no-shows we had 27 racers in three divisions: kids, teens and adults. We learned a lot about how to handle the number of cars, and the number of spectators. We also learned about how high up the hill to start the kids -- the first three kid carts had to run again since they couldn't reach the finish line.

With only five food vendors this first year, the lines were long, but still the vendors were quite happy. We hear that the hotdog vendor sold out all his food in two hours! The Rendezvous, who ran the Beer Tent with Narraganset, went through three kegs and 100+ hamburgers. More stories are emerging about this fabulous day in Montague. Next year will only get bigger.

MCTV had four cameras running during the event, and are now selling the collector's DVD online. Look for a notice soon. This race being a fund-raiser for Montague's public access TV station, we hope everyone who raced purchases a copy.

Race Photos

Photos by Mark Lattanzi, part of Team Muller. Many shots of Racer "Poison Ivy."

Photos by Rebecca Beauregard, also part of Team Muller

Photos by Steve Therien.

Photos by various people on our Facebook page.

Race Results

Many multiple thanks to all the people who helped tracking and recording each Racer's time, speed and style results, including Russ Brown, Patricia Allen, State Senator Stan Rosenberg, Deb Borbeau, Bob and Wendy Bogusz, Mandy Hampp, Doug McIntosh, Kevin McCarthy, Mike McAuliffe, Linda Ackerman, Dr. Mark Allen, Mike Burek, Jack Nelson, and Greg Garrison!  There were many other people helping as well, but these were the folks who handled and recorded the Racers directly.

We had 27 Racers run down the hill. Winners were chosen by their best time. Ties were broken by speed in a particular heat.

Kids Division (12:15 PM)

The Kids Division was the first to run, and after the first three racers to go down the hill (Chelsea, Thor and Ivy) didn't even reach the finish line it was determined that the starting line should be moved up the hill about 15 feet so they could gain more speed. After all racers ran from this new starting line it was also determined that the finish line should be moved closer, thus the shorter run in the second heats.

Place RacerID Name Age City State 1st Heat 2nd Heat
Time
Speed
Time
Speed
1 30 Ivy Muller 10 yrs Montague MA 29sec
17mph
19sec
17mph
2 5 Chelsea Curtis * 8 yrs Turners Falls MA 35sec
13mph
19sec
16mph
3 34 Sean Damon 8 yrs Northfield MA 31sec
16mph
20sec
16mph
4 24 1. Ross Damon
2. Matt Damon
12 yrs
 
Northfield MA 40sec
14mph
24sec
14mph
5 33 Robin McGowen   Northfield MA 47sec
12mph
24sec
14mph
6 8 Thor Mead 8 yrs Turners Falls MA 50sec
12mph
28sec
13mph

* Chelsea's cart also won 2nd place in the Style Division

 

Teens Division (1:00 PM)

Place RacerID Name Age City State 1st Heat 2nd Heat
Time
Speed
Time
Speed
1 16 Ezra Ward 17 yrs Montague MA 21.5sec
27mph
21.2sec
27mph
2 13 Logan Turner-Renaud 15 yrs Dummerston VT 23.8sec
24mph
23.6sec
25mph
3 6 Kyle Bry * 10 yrs Montague MA 23.7sec
24mph
23.7sec
24mph
4 27 Zayd Alizera ** 17 yrs Saudi Arabia   24.9sec
23mph
24.7sec
24mph
5 11 Craig Bodell 13 yrs Gill MA 28.9sec
21mph
27.7sec
22mph

* Although 10 yrs old, Kyle Bry raced in the teen division.

** Student at Linden HS, Northfield, MA

 

Adults Division (1:45 PM)

Place RacerID Name Age City State 1st Heat 2nd Heat
Time
Speed
Time
Speed
1 28 Joe Landry * 65 yrs Turners Falls MA 28.4sec
33mph
28.5sec
33mph
2 20 Sam Groves 65 yrs Brattleboro VT 29.2sec
32mph
28.8sec
33mph
3 10 Chris Raymond 48 yrs Bernardston MA 30.2sec
32mph
30.0sec
31mph
4 4 Tim Dowd 21 yrs Montague MA 30.4sec
31mph
30.4sec
30mph
5 6 Bill Bry ** 42 yrs Montague MA 31.0sec
30mph
30.9sec
30mph
6 15 Cody Savinski 24 yrs Montague MA 31.8sec
29mph
31.0sec
30mph
7 12 Godfried Turner-Renaud 49 yrs Dummerston MA 31.5sec
29mph
32.7sec
29.mph
8 25 David Larue 45 yrs New Salem MA 32.3sec
30mph
32.6sec
28mph
9 3 Owen Graves 41 yrs Turners Falls MA 32.7sec
29mph
32.6sec
29mph
10 18 John Stewart 54 yrs Lake Pleasant MA 32.7sec
29mph
32.7sec
30mph
11 7 1. Michael Becker
2. Ed Becker
35 yrs
68 yrs
Brattleboro VT 32.9sec
29mph
33.4sec
28mph
12 21 Krista Stoops 37 yrs Westfield MA 49.0sec
23mph
39.0sec
25mph
13 9 Katie Kurtyka 22 yrs Turners Falls MA 43.95sec
25mph
42.3sec
25mph
14 1 Daniel Kornguth 38 yrs Brattleboro VT 51.2sec
23mph
46.8sec
24mph
15 31 John Landino *** 62 yrs Turners Falls MA flipped 120.8sec
17mph
16 14 George Brace **** 40 yrs Amherst MA crash ---

* Joe Landry, the current speed record holder of the Montague Soapbox Races, also built John Landino's cart, who flipped and then went on to win 1st place in the Style Division (due to John's accoutriments). Joe also helped build Ivy Muller's 1st place Kids Division cart, with much help from racer John Stewart (who has given his silver bullet cart to Anne Harding, who plans to race it in the 2011 race).

** Bill Bry raced his son Kyle's cart in the adult division.

*** John Landino's "DaDa-ist Invasion" cart, built by Joe Landry (and one of the winner's in Kornguth's Soapbox Derby in Brattleboro, VT) flipped in the first heat when his cape got caught in one of the rear tires. He coasted down the hill with his brakes on in the second heat and won 1st place in the Style Division.

**** George's "Pink Pig" didn't make it around the first bend in the first heat, the back-right wheel collapsing. This cart did win 3rd place in the Style Division.