Longboarders

Longboarders make their down the Provo River Trail in Provo Canyon July 25, 2007. 

Have you ever been to a push race? If you are like a lot of people in Utah Valley, you probably haven’t. But everyone is welcome to attend the first race of this kind to be held in Utah on Aug. 29 from 4 to 10 p.m. at Utah Valley University. Called a push race because the racers are propelled by their own pushing power, it is a longboard-style sprint race.

Anyone can register to race at the event and possibly win the cash prize of $2,000. The race is on flat ground, not downhill, and runs around a course. This type of racing is gaining in popularity across the country and with a large racing community in Utah Valley, this is sure to be a fun event.

The purpose of the event is two-fold, according to Brandon Reas, president for Enactus at Utah Valley University. The first is to create awareness of UVU’s Enactus, a community of student, academic and business leaders who support entrepreneurship that helps people in the world in a variety of ways. One of the group’s current projects is Akin Clothing, a company that helps to provide uniforms to underprivileged children so they can attend school.

The other purpose of the event is to create a unique racing alternative for the longboarding community in Utah Valley. Longboards are similar to skateboards, but longer. If you don’t want to participate in the race, you can still come and be a spectator and participate in the other activities going on at the same time.

“It’s totally family-friendly, open to all ages and has a great cause,” Reas said of the event.

There will also be tarp surfing — skateboarding or longboarding on a tarpaulin — food trucks, a block party and live musical entertainment including Mimi Knowles, The Vibrant Sound and DJ Phaya. The free concert and block party will take place at the same time. 

The event is being hosted by Enactus and Jaseboards. To sign up to race, visit the The Push Race Facebook page or www.jaseboards.com/pushrace.

The race will be held at the UVU Northwest parking lot, located at 1124 W. 800 South in Orem. Bring your longboard or just come to watch, get a bite to eat, listen to music and have a good time. For more information about Enactus, visit www.enactus.org.

Laura Giles is a long-time correspondent for the Daily Herald, an educator for Alpine School District and a community member living in Pleasant Grove. She can be contacted at LauraCGiles@gmail.com.