Lynde 500 offers new family challenge race this year

THE BELLINGHAM HERALDAugust 28, 2013 

Those with the need for push-cart speed will have even more opportunities to race for prizes at this year's annual Lynde 500 push cart derby.

For the first time, runners will get the chance to enter the Family Challenge. For $5 a turn, two-person teams with a driver between 12 and 14 years old and a runner (the person pushing the cart) 18 or older will be able to race for the best lap time and the chance to win family fun prizes, said Troy Luginbill, director of Lynden Pioneer Museum and the race's co-founder.

"Kids can pair up with their older siblings, uncles, aunts, parents, grandparents, or older neighbors for the race," Luginbill said. "The fun thing is, you can also enter as many times as you want, so if you see another team beat your time, you can enter again and try to do better."

Races start at 11 a.m. and go until about 2:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 2, at Lynden's Centennial Park.

Teams of four can still enter the derby until 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 31, when registration fees and finished carts are due at Lynden Pioneer Museum so they may be inspected before race day.

"Our scrutineers check the cars for safety and to make sure there are no hidden tricks, like oil slicks, tack throwers or jet packs," Luginbill said.

Cost to enter is $85 if bringing a cart from previous years, $110 for a build-it-yourself kit, $160 for a pre-built kit, and $250 for a pre-built and painted kit.

Also, two sponsored vehicles are still available - they just need teams to sign up to race them, Luginbill said.

For the second year, teams can donate 25 percent of their entry fee to a nonprofit of their choice. Teams should designate their choice on the entry form. Forms are available at facebook.com/Lynde500.

Also new this year: Whatcom County Dairy Queen locations, which are the biggest sponsors of the derby, will serve a Lynde 500 Blizzard until Labor Day. It's a mixture of strawberry, banana, cream pie and crunchy pie crust.

Race attendance is free and open to the public, and a free hot dog lunch will be provided.

Reach Samantha Wohlfeil at 360-756-2803 or samantha.wohlfeil@bellinghamherald.com.

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