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Great Northern Concrete Toboggan Race Supported by Donors to the RMC Foundation since 2008

With thanks to 27832 OCdt (IV) Pablo Cardona and Jennifer Jordan, RMC Foundation Fundraising Coordinator

The 2019 GNCTR was hosted by the University of Alberta this year and featured over 21 Universities from both Canada and the US. RMC has been participating in this Engineering Competition since 2008 because of the support of donors through the Foundation. This year we were fortunate enough to have the support of an anonymous donor from the Class of 1964 to help partially fund this event. Your support to the Academics Pillar will help us in continuing to support this worthwhile event.

A group of 10 students from various programs in RMC’s Engineering department traveled to the University of Alberta in Edmonton to represent the university at the 2019 Great Northern Concrete Toboggan Race (GNCTR).

Throughout the competition, the RMC team was recognized for demonstrating an astute knowledge of engineering, an unrivaled work ethic, and a high degree of team cohesion. Additionally, they had the opportunity to apply their classroom knowledge to solve real-world construction problems and to hone professional skills, like presenting and defending their designs.
Since 1974, undergraduate engineering students from all across Canada have gathered once a year in the cold Canadian winter to compete in the 2019 GNCTR. The multi-day event, which is hosted by a different school every year, challenges teams of engineers to design and construct a metal-framed concrete toboggan with the intention of racing the various designs down steep hills. Additionally, the teams must also consider safety factors, braking, weight restrictions, and are encouraged to demonstrate team spirit.
Ultimately, the RMC students’ proved that they were up to the challenge. At the end of the event, the RMC team picked up several awards including first place in “concrete representativeness,” as well as second place in most improved spirit, braking, and overall performance.