American Red Cross Hosts its 8thth Annual Derby Day
On May 7th, the American Red Cross- Kadena Station hosted its annual Derby Day event at Marek Park. The rain stayed away, allowing the event to draw many spectators throughout the day. Derby Day is designed to be a family-friendly resiliency event and is open to all branches of service throughout the Okinawa community.
The derby cars were available to view leading up to the race, along with a range of other entertainment. The TAEIS Firebird Taiko Drummers, featuring middle school and high school students, performed to a variety of songs, from traditional music to "Opa Gagnam Style". They were followed by the Okinawa Polynesian Dancers, who danced beautifully. The Boy Scouts of America hosted their own pinewood derby races for children from ages 6-10, which is a fun hands-on activity for those children too young to participate in the soapbox derby races. In addition, there were 28 food, sales, and information vendors present at the event.
The crowd stood silently for the presentation of colors and the National Anthem, followed by pre-race comments made by Colonel Amrhein and Kadena Station Manager, Nalan Miles.
The races took place along Douglas Boulevard, which acted as a racetrack for all 25 derby car entries. There were 20 contestants in the adult division and the cars raced two by two, in 4 rounds. The five youth division contestants went head-to-head for two rounds; afterwards, all winners were presented with trophies based on race times.
The Derby Day race winners are as follows:
1. 44th Bats
2. Team Strong
3. Airman Dorm Leaders
1. Team Strong
2. Team Super Pengon
3. Himawari School
Community members helped ensure that the event was a success, with their outpouring of support. More than 80 people volunteered their time, arriving to Marek Park as early as 0630. The volunteers filled a wide variety of roles and their duties included event coordination efforts, road barrier set up, booth set up and break down, derby car safety checks, manning registration tables, taking photographs, and timing the derby car races.
Kadena Station would like to express their gratitude to all the volunteers, participants, vendors, and spectators who took part in Derby Day 2015, and hopes that it was memorable for all involved. They would also like to send a special thank you to both Mediatti Broadband Communications and the Pentagon Federal Credit Union for their generous support in sponsoring the event.
For information on how to become a Red Cross volunteer, please visit AmericanRedCrossKadena.com or call DSN 634-1294.