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Schulich team wins

Feb. 10, 2009

Engineering toboggan team wins

The Schulich team flew down the hill at 38 kilometres per hour.

The Schulich team flew down the hill at 38 kilometres per hour.
After their concrete toboggan cracked during a test run in mid-January, it was a race against the clock to create another mix, re-pour the concrete slab and give it time to cure. Despite the last-minute scramble, the team of students from the Schulich School of Engineering completed the fastest run at the 2009 Great Northern Concrete Toboggan Race (GNCTR) on Feb. 7.

Their sled flew down the hill in just over 12 seconds, reaching a top speed of 38 kilometres per hour.

It was the 35th annual GNCTR involving more than 300 engineering students from 16 post-secondary institutions across Canada.

Students and alumni from the Schulich School of Engineering hosted the event in Red Deer, Alberta, where the tradition began in the 1970s. The annual race has become one of the largest student engineering competitions in the country.

The winners of the GNCTR 2009 were:

University of Manitoba: first prize for best concrete mix and best toboggan design

Ryerson University: second place

Université de Sherbrooke: Green Award for best use of fly ash (recycled material) and best costumes (Survivor theme)

Queen’s University: best team spirit, best technical report and presentation

Dalhousie University: best braking

University of British Columbia: most spectacular run text