The All-American Soap Box Derby is back this week, and the Akron Marathon returns next month. Akron, like many other towns large and small, is slowly but surely returning to normal. Akron mayor Dan Horrigan joined the Ray Horner Morning Show for his weekly Thursday visit to talk about a slew of things related to the reopening of events across the city. Horrigan talked about how staple events such as the derby bring us closer to some sort of normalcy, even if he is hesitant on calling it that with the threat of the Delta variant out there. On the topic of the variant and COVID-19, Horrigan says he continues working with health officials in the area and following along with the latest data on the Delta spread, which has been occurring mainly with unvaccinated individuals. Coming off 2020, where every city was affected by the pandemic, the mayor looked at infrastructure and finances at the halfway point in 2021.