About The Rubber City Gravity Games

About the Rubber City Gravity Games

The International Gravity Sports Association, the world sanctioning body for extreme gravity sports racing, will be sanctioning a “NorAm” stop in their series for this year with the Akron Rubber City Gravity Games! This will be a truly unique event in the Ohio area that will bring the top downhill athletes from around the world as they compete for a chance at a NorAm championship along with world ranking points. The NorAm series is the North American leg of the IGSA World Cup Series. IGSA World Cup events for 2012 will take place on 5 different continents in 17 countries across the globe.

The Rubber City Gravity Games will take place September 22nd and 23rd at Derby Downs in Akron Ohio. In front of a crowd of thousands, over 150 athletes are expected to compete in three main racing classes, Street Luge, Downhill Skateboarding and Slalom Skateboarding.

Street Luge: Think “Formula One” skateboards. Street Luges are metal framed sleds with beefed up skateboard style wheels and axils. Street Luge athletes race less than an inch off the ground on their backs in a feet first racing position as they speed down hills, 4 at a time, at speeds in excess of 65 mph!

Downhill Skateboards: Riding on highly modified longboard skateboards, downhill skateboarders race on curvy downhill tracks, 4 at a time. These downhill athletes race in an extreme aerodynamic tuck, to gain speed, as they race. Top speeds on the downhill skateboards often top out just below Street Luge top speeds with world cup event speeds in excess of 60 mph.

Slalom Skateboards: Slalom skateboarding is a head to head sport where skateboard athletes must negotiate a slalom track set up with precisely placed cones on a downhill course.

While the downhill and luge portion of the events racing will take place on a downhill road course leading through the Derby Down facilities, the slalom portion of the weekends’ events will take place on the famous Akron Soap Box Derby hill itself!

This event will be unique not only because it’s the first time the IGSA series has made a stop in Akron Ohio, but also because of the venue and its proximity to the Akron metro area. The venue is uniquely setup to not only showcase the racing action as it streams live on the web, but with its urban location, it’s extremely conducive to spectators with its spectacular viewing areas of the racing action for the 5,000+ expected to attend.

A media coverage plan for the event has been put together that will include both local and regional radio, press and tv, national and international news channels, national industry publications as well as an extensive online reach program. The projected reach of the event coverage is expected at 2.8 Million!

The event is being run though the International Downhill Racing Association ( IDRA ), a 501(c) (3) non-profit, in partnership with the All American Soap Box Derby, to promote all forms of gravity racing while instilling education and safety in its participants.

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Event Schedule

ADMISSION IS FREE!

DRIVING DIRECTIONS:

Please click the above link for directions to the facilities at Derby Downs. Please keep in mind that there will be a road closure on George Washington Blvd. in the southbound lane.

PARKING:

There will be ample parking available for spectators. The downloadable course map will highlight all of the parking available to the general public.

ENTERTAINMENT:

There racing action is going to be non-stop!

Riders will be on course all day long! Each morning, the top athletes from around the world will utilize every second of their practice time to squeeze out every last mph from this amazing course.

On Saturday afternoon, racers will be put to the test against the clock as each athlete must qualify to make it into Sundays finals. But dont’ leave after the qualifying is done because we will move the focus immediately to the slalom skateboarders on the derby hill itself! There party will go into the night as some of the top slalom skateboarders race it out under the lights.

Sun is RACE DAY! Athletes will get a few last minute practice runs in during the morning, but the afternoon is dedicated to head to head racing! Immediately following the racing will be our podium ceremony and awards of cash and prizes.

CONCESSIONS:

We will have food and drinks available for sale all weekend. A vendor/ spectator area has been set up so spectators have plenty of room to watch the racing action while enjoying refreshments.

Rider Information and Registration

Rider Information and Registration

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REGISTRATION:

Open Registration will begin on Saturday August 4th at 9AM EST Standard Time and will remain open until all available spots have been sold.  Registration will be limited to the first 150 entries paid in full.

HOTELS:

We have partnered with the Comfort Inn, and Comfort Suites for the Rubber City Gravity Games as well as 2013 Ohio Gravity Series events! They will be offering special discounted rates when you call in your reservation, or come day of, by saying youre with the Rubber City Gravity Games!

Comfort Inn
2873 S. Arlington Rd.
Akron OH 44312
330 645 1100
79.99 / Night ( Say youre with the Rubber City Gravity Games )

Comfort Suites ( Indoor water park )
4423 St Rt 43
Kent OH 44240
330 673 1888
99.99 / Night ( Say youre with the Rubber City Gravity Games )

http://www.comfortinn.com/hotel-akron-ohio-OH462

CAMPING:

After a hard fought battle, we will have FREE camping available at the race site! There will be port-o-johns and water, but no electricity or showers. The available camp site will be the purple area on the map marked next to the red “athlete staging and parking” area.

The next available campgrounds is http://cherokeeparkcampground.com/ located 20 minutes from the site.

PRIZE MONEY:

Up to $4,500 dollars are up for grabs for the Open Downhill, Street Luge and Womens Downhill classes! ( Price money will be determined percentage-wise based on 150 entries. ie: 0 entries- $0 prize money, 300 entries- $9,000 prize money )

RACE CLASSES:

Street Luge
Classic Luge
Downhill Inline Skating
Slalom Skateboard
-Tight Slalom
-Giant Slalom
Downhill Skateboarding
-Junior 1  (8-13 years old)
-Junior 2 (14-17 years old)
-Womens DH
-Open DH

ENTRY FEES:

First class:         $175
Second class:    $50
Third Class:      $25
Slalom Only:     $50
Slalom w/DH:  $25

$6 Pay Pal fee will be included in your total entry fee. Payment in full will be due at the time of registration.  Registration without payment in full will not be saved.  ABSOLUTELY NO REFUNDS.  Races will be held rain or shine as per IGSA Rules.

RIDER NUMBERS:

Open DH Skateboarders who finished in the Top 500 of the 2011 IGSA World Rankings are required to provide their own “Professional looking” number on BOTH sides of the helmet and meet the specifications set forth in the IGSA rules.  Numbers made from duct tape and or marking pen are NOT considered professional looking and will not be allowed.  Riders who finished outside the Top 500 will be issued a number by the organizers via email prior to the event. Numbers will be checked in Tech Inspection and competitors will not be allowed to participate until the correct numbers are in place. Open DH Skateboarding competitors who compete in any additional class will use this same number.

Street Luge & Classic Luge competitors must use their assigned IGSA rider number unless they are competing in the Open DH Skateboarding class in which case that number will take priority.  Riders are required to provide their own “Professional looking” number on BOTH sides of the helmet and meet the specifications set forth in the IGSA rules.  Numbers made from duct tape and or marking pen are NOT considered professional looking and will not be allowed.   Numbers will be checked in Tech Inspection and competitors will not be allowed to participate until the correct numbers are in place.

Inline Skating must use their IGSA assigned rider number unless they are competing in Open DH Skateboarding or Street/Classic Luge in which case the Open DH Skateboarding number will take priority followed by the Street/Classic Luge Number.  Riders are required to provide their own “Professional looking” number on BOTH sides of the helmet and meet the specifications set forth in the IGSA rules.  Numbers made from duct tape and or marking pen are NOT considered professional looking and will not be allowed. Numbers will be checked in Tech Inspection and competitors will not be allowed to participate until the correct numbers are in place

Jr I, Jr II and Masters 40+ Downhill Skateboarders who do not compete in the Open DH Skateboarding class will be issued a number by the organizers via email prior to the event.  Riders are required to provide their own “Professional looking” number on BOTH sides of the helmet and meet the specifications set forth in the IGSA rules.  Numbers made from duct tape and or marking pen are NOT considered professional looking and will not be allowed. Numbers will be checked in Tech Inspection and competitors will not be allowed to participate until the correct numbers are in place.

RACER REQUIREMENTS:

All racers are required to follow all IGSA race rules. This include full leathers, full helmet and face shield. Please visit www.IGSAWorldCup.com for a full rule book.