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University of Calgary

February 09, 2012 11:18 ET

University of Calgary: Students to tear up the slopes on concrete toboggans

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - 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).

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Contact Information

  • February 9 and 10
    Jennifer Sowa, Media Relations Officer
    Schulich School of Engineering, University of Calgary
    403.220.3724 or Cell: 403.993.8679

    February 11
    Grady Semmens
    Associate Director, Media Relations, University of Calgary
    403.220.7722 or Cell: 403.651.2515