CLEARWATER, Fla. – (August 25, 2016) The Achieva Box Car Rally, one of the biggest annual community events in downtown Clearwater, will return for a seventh year this October 22, raising thousands of dollars for Pinellas County Schools. Individual and school-sponsored teams can register now and get started building their gravity-powered race cars.
The event is free to watch and draws more than 2,500 spectators to the Cleveland Street District for a day filled from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. with nearly 300 heats and races, live entertainment, food trucks, a kids’ carnival zone, and much more.
Achieva Credit Union sponsors the event each year which has raised more than $150,000 so far in direct grants to Pinellas County classrooms, administered through the Achieva Foundation, a 501(c)3 Corporation. Registration costs $50 per team and $35 per school-sponsored team. To register and to learn more about the race, visit the website: https://www.achievaboxcar.com
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PHOTO OPPS: More than 2,500 spectators throughout the day enjoying more than 280 box car heats and races, music, food and other festive entertainment. The racers represent schools, businesses and families, and some have been competing for years. Many incorporate humor into their designs. (We can arrange advance interviews with racers and families!)
WHAT IS A BOX CAR? A Home-made, powerless, 1-person car that rolls down a slope. With gravity as the propulsion, the most skillful driver and efficient design wins.
WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
WHERE: Downtown Clearwater (Cleveland Street District). The ramp-start is located at the corner of Cleveland St. and Osceola Ave.
ABOUT ACHIEVA: Achieva Credit Union was founded in 1937 in Pinellas County. Today, it is rated a Superior 5-Star credit union by Bauer Financial and has more than $1.4 billion in assets and 24 branches serving more than 140,000 members. Anyone who lives or works in Charlotte, Collier, DeSoto, Hernando, Hillsborough, Lee, Manatee, Pasco, Pinellas, and Sarasota Counties, or whose family member has an Achieva Credit Union account can bank with Achieva. For more information about Achieva, visit www.achievacu.com.