We’re only 3 short days away from our annual SOC Grand Prix! We can feel the excitement oozing through our triking veins!
The SOC Grand Prix began 5 years ago when brother Kyle and Eric Schrader thought of the idea as a way to celebrate the 75th Anniversary of Schrader Oil. What a way to celebrate the 75th year in business! As a fundraising event for Junior Achievement, the SOC Grand Prix has been able to raise funds for Junior Achievement every year, along with the in-store fundraiser we run as well.
Since the beginning, the Grand Prix has stayed the same for the most part with one thing that has continuously changed – the trikes. With the exception of 2016 and this year, the looks have the trikes have changed significantly. Initially starting off with your classic low tricycle back in 2013, we are now rocking the much taller adult trikes that have been custom built.
We were able to see all of the trikes come out last year as the 2016 trikes couldn’t handle the track as the seats began to collapse on the riders. While not necessarily what one wants to see, we did get some laughs and a throwback to each year. But never fear, this year’s trikes are much stronger and will be able to take on the track no problem. The real question here – can you handle the track?
We hope to see you at the races this coming Saturday! Watch as teams try to take down three year reigning champions MKO Financial!
Here are a few things to know before coming out this Saturday.
How much does it cost?
The SOC Grand Prix is completely FREE to attend!
Where is the event located?
The event takes place in the dirt lot behind our office building located at 320 N. College Ave. Fort Collins, CO 80524. Parking for the event can be found across the street or in our parking lot if available. IDs will be checked at the gate upon entrance to obtain a bracelet to buy beer.
What are the hours of the event
Races will begin at 3:00 PM this Saturday, August 19th and will conclude at 6:00 Pm. A short but fun day!
What’s allowed inside?
While dogs have been prohibited on our grounds in the past, we are allowing patrons to bring their dogs with them as long as they are leashed. Lawn chairs won’t be necessary as we will have bleachers and tables for everyone to sit. As with any hot summer day, we suggest that you bring sunscreen. NO outside beverages or food are allowed at the event. Water, food, beer and other beverages will be available for purchase.
Can I sign up a team?
Yes. Teams must be signed up prior to the day of the event. One team consists of 4 people and costs $200 or $50 per person. Registration for the SOC Grand Prix can be done on the website. Other sponsors of the event have signed up ghost teams, allowing 4 people to enter the race at no cost to them. Please fill out the contact form online if interested.
Restrooms and water fountains are provided. The Odell truck will be serving a selection of 3 beers and food is provided by The Taco Stop food truck.
The year we will have a DJ courtesy of Jammin’ DJ’s. A set of upbeat, fun music will be played to keep the races rolling and the crowd cheering!
For more information and past pictures/videos of the SOC Grand Prix you can visit the official website.