Having it all in slide: Concrete toboggan race draws hundreds of engineering students

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Having it all in slide: Concrete toboggan race draws hundreds of engineering students

Marke Dickson, basic supervisor of the White Hills Ski Vacation resort, claims it can be an honour to host the Terrific Northern Concrete Toboggan Race in Atlantic Canada for the very first time. (Jessica Singer/CBC)

A small ski resort tucked absent in Clarenville on Newfoundland’s Avalon Peninsula welcomed virtually 400 engineering learners from 16 universities across Canada on the weekend — collecting to race toboggans made of concrete.

Saturday’s 50th Annual Great Northern Concrete Toboggan Race at White Hills Resort was the 1st a person held in Atlantic Canada. Marke Dickson, the resort’s standard supervisor, called it “an honour.”

“It is really actually exceptional to see the college students listed here,” he said. “Most of them have in no way been to Newfoundland and Labrador. Most of them have definitely by no means been to White Hills Vacation resort, so they are energized.”

Each competing crew types and builds a toboggan with concrete running surfaces, a security roll cage and a mechanical steering and braking program. 

Every single toboggan should weigh less than 350 kilos — just below 160 kilograms — and carry 5 opponents. 

A group of eight people in red overalls stand around a car-shaped toboggan.
Memorial University’s toboggan team misplaced a ski on the way down the slope, but their spirits were being superior. (Jessica Singer/CBC)

“It definitely is a fantastic ambiance,” Dickson stated, seeking out at the snowy hills, toboggans strewn around and college students milling about. 

One of these toboggans belongs to a staff from Memorial University. Team co-captain Riley Burt says it was nerve-racking to be at the top of the hill, tucked within the toboggan with 4 of his pals, completely ready to race to the base.

“I was sweating bullets,” he said with a snicker.

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N.L. hosts Atlantic Canada’s 1st concrete toboggan race

Skis and snowboards weren’t the only points sliding down the slopes at White Hills vacation resort in Clarenville on Saturday. Concrete toboggans have been also racing down the hills, in a very first for Atlantic Canada. The CBC’s Jessica Singer slides in excess of to the 50th Terrific Northern Concrete Toboggan Race.

Shaylin Hurtubise, MUN’s other co-captain, was stationed at the braking process. If she hits the brakes far too early, the workforce is disqualified. 

“It is really tight and everybody’s a minor little bit anxious, a very little little bit psyched,” she explained. 

“I really don’t even think anything at all could make me less psyched,” she claimed. “Like even if we crashed, [if] it wasn’t authorized to race … it will not take away from any of the excitement.” 

A man in a jersey and a winter hat stands on a ski slope.
Regan Hogan, who competed in the Excellent Northern Concrete Toboggan Race when he was a mechanical engineering scholar and now allows arrange the celebration, says the strength on the slopes is electric powered. (Jessica Singer/CBC)

MUN’s staff did cross the finish line but their toboggan didn’t make it by way of in a person piece. In the course of the bumpy ride down the slope, the team lost 1 of their concrete skis. Not to be deterred, the team shimmied around inside the construction to heave it previous the end line. 

Regan Hogan competed in the race in 2018 when he was a scholar in MUN’s mechanical engineering program. Now he will help arrange the occasion, and he said the energy on the hills on the weekend was “electrical.”

Groups you should not rating points only from the race, Hogan reported — you will find a robust scoring process.

“You will find various groups that are taken into account. Race day is 1 of them, braking layout, steering design. Spirit is a substantial ingredient,” he mentioned. “Whoever is having the most pleasurable gets some details.”

Dickson explained the browsing engineers confirmed up at a wonderful time. 

“I feel they are viewing the greatest of our component of the earth, specially with the sunlight shining like it is.”

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