U of C engineering students brought a little western charm,
spirit and culture to the nation’s capital city at this
year’s Great Northern Concrete Toboggan Race – and
The team of 27 students spent the entire four-day event in
February sporting black chaps, cowboy hats, vests and red
T-shirts, yelling spirited yeehaas and line-dancing though
town. They raced their pride and joy — a 300-lb. concrete
vehicle dubbed Chuckboggan – and demonstrated their
engineering forethought at their technical exhibit booth,
the Rusty Re-Bar.
Hard and Fast
U of C's Chuckboggan and a whole bunch of western spirit
combined for a list of awards, during the Great Northern
Concrete Tobaggan Race
Not only did the Calgary students’ western charm and
intellect win them the title of most loved team and some complimentary
poutine from the locals, but they were also awarded the best
costume award, the best technical exhibit (the Rusty Re-Bar),
the most improved team overall and the first place overall
Is that enough? Not quite. U of C also won the bid to host
next year’s competition.
“This was an amazing competition,” says Chuckboggan
project manager Lee Martin. “The entire team was invested
and involved in the project, right from the beginning. We
even had some 20 students at the Women’s World Cup event
where we first tested our Chuckboggan.
“Support from professor Lyne CoweFalls was also instrumental
and noteworthy. She was the only faculty member in Canada
to fly out for the competition.
“Our team bonded throughout the process and that unison
was key to our success in Ottawa. We are incredibly thrilled
we get to give Canada a Calgary welcome at next year’s
Carleton University hosted the event in Ottawa from Feb. 4
to 8. This was the 30th anniversary of the competition, which
attracts universities from across Canada and the U.S.
The competition was created by professors of the University
of Calgary, the University of Alberta and the American Concrete
Institute as a rival to the concrete canoe competition. U
of C engineering students have participated in the event since
its inception and have hosted the event numerous times.