Mar 21, 2022 - Things to Do

Axios to Red Bull: Pick us for your Iowa soapbox race

A drawing of a soapbox car

Drawing: Al Lucca/Axios

We recently applied to be one of the 50 teams in the Iowa Red Bull Soapbox Race.

  • The course starts at the State Capitol on June 18.

Here's our application:

Hey, Red Bull! We're Team Axios — a news company that brings important, local journalism to Des Moines in a smart and quick format.

  • And we want to bring our wit and speed to you.

Why it matters: We like to go fast. By day, we're your everyday journalists who are hustling around the city, chasing the stories that our community needs.

  • But by night, we dream of taking that energy and putting the pedal to the metal for Red Bull's iconic soapbox derby.

What we offer: A cool soapbox design that's inspired by old school newsstands.

  • A rag tag team that's passionate, courageous and outrageously creative.
  • Tons of heart for this city.

The big picture: We love Des Moines.

  • Nothing screams our love for this city more than us, screaming our heads off as we speed in our soapbox outside our great state's capitol on June 18.

The bottom line: Red Bull's race is a big deal for our community.

  • We want to be a part of it.
A photo of the Axios Des Moines Red Bull soapbox team.
Meet team Axios. Top row L to R: Jason Clayworth (Axios DSM reporter), Justin Kaufmann (Axios Chicago reporter), and John Bradley (Axios DSM reader). Bottom row: Doug Wolfe (Axios DSM reader); Linh Ta (Axios DSM reporter). Photos: Axios
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