Cuyahoga Valley National Park will be the starting point for the 2016 American Solar Challenge, a collegiate solar car race July 30 to Aug. 6.
The free event in Cuyahoga Valley National Park starts at 8:30 a.m. on July 30 at Station Road Bridge Trailhead. Cars leave individually in one-minute intervals. To ensure a safe start to the race, no vehicles will be permitted to enter this lot after 8:20 a.m.
Additional viewing opportunities exist along the race route in Brecksville Reservation of the Cleveland Metroparks. The competition vehicles will exit Station Road Bridge Trailhead and cross Riverview Road onto Chippewa Creek Drive. They will follow Chippewa Creek Drive for approximately 0.4 miles before turning onto Valley Parkway. The route follows Valley Parkway until the cars reach Route 21/Brecksville Road and turn south.
On July 29, participating solar cars will be on display for public viewing at the Cuyahoga Valley Career Center from 3 to 7 p.m. The National Park Service and Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park will also exhibit, as well as a food truck and other event-related vendors and interactive demonstrations.
University teams from around the world have designed and built solar-powered cars as part of the American Solar Challenge. Those that qualify will drive them 1,975 miles on the open road during an eight-day rally, stopping at nine National Park Service sites in seven Midwestern states. Approximately 20 teams will be participating.
For more information, visit www.nps.gov/cuva.