Information for Racers

Racers must be 8 years or older on race day. Racers under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian and must co-sign the race application and waiver. Adults are encouraged to enter.

Carts must be home-made, not from kits, and must be occupied by only one person. Carts must have a floor, not just foot-pegs. This is critical, in case your foot drops under your vehicle while on the way down the hill.

In an effort to streamline the races and get the carts down the hill in the quickest time, racers may not share carts between Teen and Adult divisions. One Kid may share a cart with a Teen or an Adult, but not both. If sharing a cart, both drivers need to check in and be weighed. If weights have been added to the cart, they must be set so as to meet the weight requirements for both divisions. NO WEIGHTS MAY BE ADDED OR REMOVED after checking in.

Racers will be grouped into three divisions, based on ages, for the competition:

  • 8 years - 12 years old (Kid class)
  • 13 years - 19 years old (Teen class)
  • 20 years old and up (Adults class)

Adult class racers will start at the top of the hill, which is pretty steep -- dropping 60 feet in less than 300' of road. In previous years, the top adult cart speed has exceeded 35 MPH at the bottom where the left turn begins. Teen class and Kid class racers will start lower down the hill.

Adult racers will have the option of starting on a raised ramp, further adding to the speed. The ramp is about 22 degrees, being eight feet wide and twelve feet long, and is four feet high in the back.

How the Heats Work

Racers will get two heats each, and go down the hill two at a time, side by side. Because of the single left turn on the hill, each racer will take the left lane on one heat and the right lane on their other heat, with the total-combined time being used towards their final timing. The finish line will NOT be staggered. Lane-changing is NOT allowed. If you cross the line you will be penalized five seconds.

Trophies will be awarded to the best three combined times for each division.

All racers must follow the safety guidelines outlined in the Racer Manual, which include wearing a helmet, elbow pads or long sleeved jacket, gloves and safety glasses. No open-toe shoes, or capes. Knee pads are encouraged, but are not mandatory.