ABOUT GNCTR

The Great Northern Concrete Toboggan Race (GNCTR) is the largest student run engineering competition in Canada. Dating back to 1975 this annual event brings together over 450+ engineering students from over 15+ universities and technical institutions across Canada and occasionally international schools as well!). From January 30 to February 3 2019, GNCTR will return to its founding province for the 45th annual GNCTR Competition. Competing will teams descend on Edmonton, Alberta to race their concrete toboggans and carry on the tradition of teamwork, sportsmanship, school spirit, and innovation.   This competition allows students to showcase their technical knowledge of materials and structures and their ability to design and work with concrete. Students also build their project management skills to create a final product.

WHAT IS A “CONCRETE TOBOGGAN”?

Competitors will be asked to design and build a toboggan which can safely carry five passengers.  All toboggans must consist of an entirely concrete running surface, a structural frame, a braking system, and a functional steering system, all while weighing less than 300lbs.   Teams will be judged on a number on categories including concrete mix design, frame design, steering, braking, a technical report, race day speed, and school spirit.  Each toboggan will need to pass safety inspection prior to racing. Toboggans that do not meet safety and technical requirements will not be permitted to race.   Full technical rules for the competition will be released mid-2018.