University of Calgary

Students to tear up the slopes on concrete toboggans

Submitted by darmstro on Thu, 2012-02-09 10:34.

Feb. 9, 2012

Crash helmets aren't usually required for engineering competitions. But when you're racing sleds made out of concrete at 80 kilometres per hour, helmets are mandatory. So are roll cages and reliable braking systems.

Hundreds of engineering students from 19 post-secondary institutions across Canada have converged upon Calgary for the 38th annual Great Northern Concrete Toboggan Race. The University of Calgary's Schulich School of Engineering is hosting this year's competition, which puts student-built sleds to the ultimate test.

Students from the Schulich School of Engineering were declared the national champions at least year's event in Edmonton, which was hosted by the University of Alberta.

What: 38th annual Great Northern Concrete Toboggan Race (GNCTR) 2012

When: Feb. 10 Technical exhibit - concrete toboggans on display 10:00 a.m to 3:00 p.m., lower level, MacEwan Hall, University of Calgary

Feb. 11 Races - 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Canada Olympic Park

Media must obtain media passes at Guest Services.

Awards banquet - 7:30 p.m. at the Carriage House Inn

Who: Olivia Norton, Anthony Ferrise and Luke Prudence, GNCTR Organizing Committee

Members of concrete toboggan teams including University of Calgary

Shelley Lissel, Associate Professor, Department of Civil Engineering

Safety: Please remain a safe distance from moving sleds. They weigh up to 300 lbs (136 kg).