Rope Runners roll best with a soft touch! 🌬️ Hold them by the axle, as illustrated, and gently let go. πŸ€²βž‘οΈπŸ›ž Patience is key for a smooth journey! πŸ§˜β€β™€οΈπŸ’«

Attach clothes-pins πŸ“Ž along the ropes to hold your Rope Runners in place until race time! 🏁 Number the clothes-pins 🏷️ to keep track of the winners during a β€œCreativity” judging. 🎨πŸ₯‡

Hit a snag with your Rope Runner’s balance? πŸ€”

No stress! Sometimes they tip due to too much decor. 🎨 Just clip a clothes-pin πŸ“Ž at the right height on the dowel to even things out. It’s all part of the fun of problem-solving! πŸ› οΈβœ¨

Get ready for the One Rope Stop-Watch Race! ⏱️

It’s a breeze to set up, perfect for quick fun. πŸš€ Each racer takes one shot down the rope, with their time clocked by a stopwatch. πŸ•’ The speediest Rope Runner takes the crown! πŸ† Ideal for large groups – everyone gets a turn and the excitement is non-stop! πŸŽ‰πŸ‘¨β€πŸ‘©β€πŸ‘§β€πŸ‘¦

Our Two Rope Free For All is a favorite


It’s delightfully hectic and loads of fun! πŸŽ‰ Set-up is a snap πŸ™Œ and the race is on in no time ⏱️. Racers face off in pairs for fast-paced eliminations, with the quickest times advancing by age group πŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸ†. It’s casual: racers choose their opponent, making it ideal for kids to enjoy their way πŸ€—. Everyone earns recognition or a fun patch πŸŽ–οΈ, but for those seeking extra thrills, trade race tokens for multiple chances to win! πŸŽŸοΈπŸ”„πŸ’¨

Partners face off on dual ropes πŸ€Όβ€β™€οΈ, with the swifter one looping back for more fun! The slower supporter turns into a cheerleader πŸ“£, rooting for their pals. When time’s tight, runners-up snag second and third place πŸ₯ˆπŸ₯‰. For the detail-oriented, run a second round to pinpoint third place with precision. It’s all about friendly competition and cheers all around! πŸŽˆπŸ…

Keep in mind:

Derby days with Rope Runners are about more than just speedβ€”it’s a celebration of creativity and community! πŸŽ‰ It’s our belief that these events can be thrilling without fixating on the competitive edge. Each Rope Runner is a unique piece of art, and the joy is in the shared experience, not just the finish line. 🏁

When organizing a race, consider the size of your group and the time available. Simple formats often suffice, but for those who love detail, round robins add a competitive twist. For an in-depth look at various formats, check out this helpful Pinewood Derby guide.

Keep the event flowing to prevent boredom, especially for those who are out of the running. Splitting a large group and having other activities can keep everyone engaged. 🎈 Remember, clear rules make for smooth sailing! β›΅

Plan for the unexpectedβ€”false starts or fallsβ€”and have a system in place to address them. This helps maintain fairness and fun for all. πŸ› οΈ

And a final tip for racers: Keep the Rope Runners steadyβ€”no bouncing or extra pushes. It’s all about the gentle glide down the rope for a fair race. πŸ“πŸ”„