Gone in 11.78 seconds

Posted on Monday, February 1, 2016

uOttawa and UBC sleds racing down the hill next to each other.

uOttawa (left) goes head to head with UBC in the main, King of the Hill event. Photos: GNCTR 2016 Organizing Committee.

By Brandon Gillet

The University of Ottawa’s Great Northern Concrete Toboggan Race (GNCTR) team placed fourth in the slalom event in Wakefield, Quebec on Saturday, January 30, with a finishing time of 11.78 seconds. The team also placed fourth in the drag event, with a finishing time of 11.83 seconds. But it’s not just speed that wins the race. After considering other aspects such as best steering, best design and best spirit, judges named Western University as the overall winner of GNCTR 2016. Congratulations to all the competitors.

The GNCTR was first conceived in 1972 by Sidney Simmonds. It challenged students of engineering and technical schools to design, build and race a toboggan using concrete as the contact surface. This is the first year that uOttawa has hosted the event.

Faculty of Engineering Dean Claude Laguë, professor of structural engineering Ghasan Doudak and GNCTR Committee members Danielle Mielke, Adrian Pawliszko and Pat Marquis at the technical exhibition.

The Université de Sherbrooke's sled, with a traditional Chinese dragon on its front, heads down the hill in the slalom event.

GNCTR 2016 competitors from across Canada pose for a group shot on Parliament Hill during the welcome day events.

uOttawa’s toboggan starts down the hill with onlookers watching from the top. Their final time was 11.78 seconds, which gave them fourth place.


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