Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Derby Days is Nearing!

While the 4th of July is this weekend, there's another exciting event coming right around the corner... that's right, it's time for the Redmond Derby Days!  In fact, this year is the 75th anniversary of Derby Days!

Derby Days began as a bike derby, a 25 mile race around Lake Sammamish with spectators guessing what the winning time would be.  The closest guess won $25.  

Back then, I would've spectated as biking for 25 miles is not my idea of a good time. :-)  

Even now, biking 25 miles in the heat is not my cup of tea.  Even if there were a chance for cooler weather or rain.

Speaking of, oddly enough it was almost 10 years later when it first rained during the Derby, which is quite surprising, considering the fickle nature that is Seattle weather.

Derby Days wasn't just a bike derby but it was also a parade to raise money for the community.  75 years later and it still is a unique display of Redmond, with parades, races, arts, food and of course... the Criterium!  While it's no longer a race route around Lake Sammamish, it's still a grueling race within downtown Redmond.  Watch as people speed by on their bikes as they race to win!

So come by, enjoy the parades, watch as people dominate in the Criterium and enjoy the community that is Redmond on July 10th and July 11th!

Image Credit:
Redmond Historical Society, from the Roy Buckley collection.

- James