Annual Cedar Lake Race Sports Cardboard Canoes

by Public Relations Office

Cedarville, Ohio-Cedarville University freshman engineering students will showcase their design skills on Cedar Lake in the eleventh annual Elmer W. Engstrom Department of Engineering's Cardboard Canoe Race to be held on Friday, October 10. More than 25 teams of Cedarville students have designed and built canoes entirely from coated cardboard (the same cardboard used in canned soda packaging) and packaging tape. Beginning at 3 p.m., each boat will be launched from one end of Cedar Lake and paddled by two of its designers in a race to cross the lake in the shortest time. An additional phase of the competition encourages non-engineering students to compete as representatives of their respective departments. These students race against each other to win the Cedarville Cup, a traveling trophy currently held by the education department. A new phase of the competition begun two years ago will be continued. According to Dr. Larry Zavodney, chairman of the engineering department, "Any team which successfully navigates the width of Cedar Lake will be eligible to square off in a demolition derby. The last team with their canoe floating will be declared 'Kings/Queens of the Lake.'" The crowd-pleasing event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the University public relations office at 937-766-7808. -30-