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Red Bull Soapbox Race 2011 hits downtown LA

The Red Bull Soapbox Race, one of the world's wackiest races, is taking over downtown Los Angeles on Saturday, May 21, 2011.

May 14, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
The Red Bull Soapbox Race, one of the world's wackiest races, is taking over downtown Los Angeles on Saturday.

Teams are judged on speed, creativity and showmanship.

The competitors will race down Grand Avenue and take a sharp turn onto 5th Street to cross the finish line in front of Pershing Square.

Several streets in the area of Pershing Square were shut down, and some Metro bus lines made detours around the racecourse.

Watching the race is free of charge.